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Does anyone else keep a reading journal? I just put a post up on my blog about moleskines because just came out with a new specific notebook collection and one of the new ones is a dedicated reading journal. I ordered it this morning and am excited to see it, but I was wondering if anyone else keeps one and how they keep it?

-Sea
http://www.readingwithsea.wordpress.com



message 2: by Nicole (new)

Nicole  (nimabu) | 47 comments I don't, but I should have started a blog about my 2010 reading challenge.

Nice blog :)


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

you should join mine. it would be fun to read with you and share some recommendations.


message 4: by Nicole (new)

Nicole  (nimabu) | 47 comments That would be a great idea!


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Nicole wrote: "That would be a great idea! "

Good! Join then and we can read together!


message 6: by James (new)

James Aaron | 76 comments I can't seem to journal on a consistent basis. Often I make margin notes or jot down thoughts/poems in the back of whatever I am reading.


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Sheila (sheilaglenn) | 590 comments I have been keeping a personal journal since Sept. 2007 and have made an entry every day. The front of the journal is a day by day account and in the back I keep lists, jot down phone numbers, quotes I like, vocabulary words, totally random stuff. I paste pictures,doodle, sketch, etc....Even when i am very busy I write at least one sentence. I have a book list of things I have read and a goal list....I had tried to keep a journal many , many times before it finally took and now I can't let a day go by without writing something. I often write about what I am reading. It is fun to look back and see what I was doing or thinking 2 years ago. .....It is fun and spiritual.I just started my 7th journal. I am writing a little less than when I first started but it a good habit and helps with memory and organization.


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

James wrote: "I can't seem to journal on a consistent basis. Often I make margin notes or jot down thoughts/poems in the back of whatever I am reading."

That doesn't sound bad to me, James. I think it's great that you continue to go back to it even if it's been a long time in between.


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Sheila wrote: "I have been keeping a personal journal since Sept. 2007 and have made an entry every day. The front of the journal is a day by day account and in the back I keep lists, jot down phone numbers, quot..."

Shelia,
I truly wish I could see your reading journal. If you are open to the idea... I think it would be amazing to see pictures of your reading journal. If that sounds like something you may be interested in doing, I'd love to post them in a blog post for my reading group members to see. We've been discussing journals a bit and even have a reading journal challenge that you may be interested in joining, since you sound like you are doing it on your own each day already. You are amazing.

-Sea
http://www.readingwithsea.wordpress.c...


message 10: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaglenn) | 590 comments Some of my writing is very personal and could be hurtful if someone read it out of context. It is sometimes a rant or a jealous rage very cathartic.... .however I would be very happy to share some selected pages of it and some of my work in progress called "Travels in Doodleonia". A stream of consciousness rant about overcoming inhibitions that were the result of my strict parochial education......I will be going away on business for the next few days. When I get back I will send you some of my "work". I am not independent enough to do the scanning etc.etc. that I would have to do. My husband who is a strong supporter of my "work"artistic and literary can help me with my technical insufficeincies then.


message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

Shelia! This sounds absolutely wonderful and I am very much looking forward to it. How fun. Thank you for this offer and I will gladly and humbly accept.

Talk to you soon.
Sea


message 12: by Mimi (new)

Mimi | 33 comments Y'all have some great ideas to add to my reading journal :) I've been keeping a reading journal since 2004 when I started trying to read 50 books a year. I record my thoughts about the book and sometimes quotes from the book that really meant something to me. I also keep a writing journal that is separate from my book journal. The writing journal is for my private thoughts, spiritual insights, blessings, rantings,etc... Please post how you like the new journal you ordered :) I'll check out your site:)


message 13: by Pickles (new)

Pickles (angstypickles) I do! It's been like a reading journal/diary since the beginning of 2009, but in 2007 and 2008 I kept journals strictly for tracking the books I read and my reviews of them. I like being able to look back at it. I also track my books on my LiveJournal, but sometimes just in list form.


message 14: by Pickles (new)

Pickles (angstypickles) Sheila wrote: "I have been keeping a personal journal since Sept. 2007 and have made an entry every day. The front of the journal is a day by day account and in the back I keep lists, jot down phone numbers, quot..."

This is similar to what I do! I paste in pictures and do little drawings, although they're pretty bad since I'm not a talented artist by any stretch of the imagination. I also write letters to my son (he's 14-months-old) and I've told my husband I want my son to be given the journal should something happen to me. Also, I do plan on saving it for him once I finish it because I documented our first outing together, his first 4th of July, etc. In between my book reviews, I put in personal entries and lists and whatever else comes to mind. I found that I can't keep up with it if it's strictly a diary, but since I read so frequently, it kind of forces me to update. I keep a separate notebook for quotes that I like, but I suppose combining them wouldn't be a bad idea...


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Mimi wrote: "Y'all have some great ideas to add to my reading journal :) I've been keeping a reading journal since 2004 when I started trying to read 50 books a year. I record my thoughts about the book and s..."

Hi Mimi,
I will be posting an update about the journal today. Feel free to check out my thoughts so far.
Sea
http://www.readingwithsea.wordpress.com


message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

I just want everyone to know that Saturday (tomorrow) I am going to post an update on how the new Moleskine reading journal is on my reading group site: http://www.readingwithsea.wordpress.com

I invite you to take a look because I am starting to feel more and more strongly that keeping a reading journal is not merely something that I personally enjoy doing, but that it will be a wonderful experience for anyone who tries it.



message 17: by Judith (new)

Judith Guyot | 6 comments I don't keep a personal journal but I do record every book I have read with a goal of 52 books a year.

I record book, author, fiction-nonfiction-biography, etc., #of pages, date of publication, year read and occasionally a short review.

I had been trying to do it on a spreadsheet but I have never been very good at that.

I started 2010 by recording by reads on Goodreads.


message 18: by Jeanne (new)

Jeanne I started keeping a reading journal for work (librarian) in 2000 and added a reading blog in 2006. I always record the title, author, plot summary, and whether I liked it or not. When I started, I limited the summaries to 2 sentences. I write more now--including much more of my own opinions about the books. Mostly, the journal is a great way to recall what you've read.


message 19: by [deleted user] (new)

For all of those of you out there who want to start or are already going it and because of the popularity of this topic, I started a Book Journal Challenge on my site. I'd love for you to all join. I think it would be a splendid way for us to all do something together without necessarily having to read the exact same books at the same time.

http://www.readingwithsea.wordpress.c...


message 20: by Maphead (new)

Maphead | 295 comments I used to do it all the time, but I fell out of the habit. However, after reading your rather excellent blog I am quite tempted to get back to doing it again.
Nice blog by the way ! Might have to add you to my blog roll !!
-m
http://maphead.wordpress.com/


message 21: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Gill | 4 comments I would love to have a reading journal. Do you know where I can buy one?


message 22: by Pollopicu (last edited Feb 24, 2010 07:41AM) (new)

Pollopicu Call me a hick, but I've never heard of Moleskins. I went online to check it out and lo and behold, they carry musical notebook journals. The perfect gift for my husband. I also found a store location nearby to where I live. Thank you. My husband is going to love it.


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Maphead wrote: "I used to do it all the time, but I fell out of the habit. However, after reading your rather excellent blog I am quite tempted to get back to doing it again.
Nice blog by the way ! Might have..."


Hi MH,
I am so glad you joined! I look forward to 'seeing' you around more and thanks for the compliments. I'll check out your blog today.
-Sea


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Kimberly wrote: "I would love to have a reading journal. Do you know where I can buy one?"

Kimberly,
Yes, iI do know where you can buy a moleskine. I also know where you can get one for free! I'm giving a book passion moleskine away in March from my blog:

http://readingwithsea.wordpress.com/2...
But if you rather buy one, you can do so on amazon.com

Let me know how it goes!
-Sea


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Rachel wrote: "Call me a hick, but I've never heard of Moleskins. I went online to check it out and lo and behold, they carry musical notebook journals. The perfect gift for my husband. I also found a store locat..."

Rachel,
I am so glad you discovered them. Aren't they perfect?! I hope your husband loves them as well, you'll have to let us know. Get one for yourself, too!
-Sea


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April (Fireflywishes25) | 4 comments I've been looking for a nice book journal/diary/notebook lately and this one looks really nice. Thanks for recommending it. It's also decently priced, which is a big plus.

I am good at keeping lists of what I read but I would like to get more involved with what I read and what I'm thinking while I read, not to mention quotes and the like.. I think when I look back it will help me keep more in touch with the books I have read and overall give me a more meaningful reading experience.

By the way, I am new to this group (today) so I'd like to say hi to everyone! :)


message 27: by [deleted user] (new)

April wrote: "I've been looking for a nice book journal/diary/notebook lately and this one looks really nice. Thanks for recommending it. It's also decently priced, which is a big plus.

I am good at keeping ..."


Hi April.
You should check out my reading journal challenge and moleskine giveaway:
http://www.readingwithsea.wordpress.com


message 28: by astrangerhere (new)

astrangerhere I totally ordered one; great find Sea. I've kept a list in the back of my "can't live or go anywhere or do anything without it" calendar for years, but never had the space for quotes or the like. I had to stop myself from ordering two right off the bat.

Delightful timing at that, as I was lying in bed reading last night and came across a fantastic quote I wanted to hang on to. And I had no idea where to put it. Now I do :) (or will after the standard alloted shipping time).


message 29: by April (new)

April (Fireflywishes25) | 4 comments Sea wrote: Hi April,
You should check out.."

Hi Sea,

Thanks for the invite. I like your website. I don't know if I'll join the giveaway (because I'm pretty sure I won't win! lol) but I'm interested in joining the bookclub. I'll make sure to look around a little more in depth to figure things out there. :)

Thanks!



message 30: by Kathy (last edited Mar 02, 2010 05:56PM) (new)

Kathy  (readr4ever) | 312 comments My favorite book journal for recording what I read can be found on Amazon (used to buy it at Barnes and Noble, but I can't find it there anymore), and the link to it is http://www.amazon.com/What-Read-Red-M...

Also, my books I'm still using, since I bought ahead, are blue, not red, but I like the new color, too. I've been using them for 4 years and love them.


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VWrulesChick | 351 comments Sea wrote: "Does anyone else keep a reading journal? I just put a post up on my blog about moleskines because just came out with a new specific notebook collection and one of the new ones is a dedicated readin..."

Hey Sea & other GRs

Interesting post, personally I do not but it does interest me.

From the responses of those who do, makes for an intriguing journey about one's self through time/situation. I guess to gage where we were to where we are.

THank you for the links of journals and moleskins, I think I may try this out and see if I can discipline myself while reading to enter in thoughts, etc

Thanks Sea :)


message 32: by Badlydone (new)

Badlydone I would really like to start a reading journal. I have been meaning to for a long time, but have never got around to it. Now, you have inspired me to!

Nice website, by the way! I need to check it out further..


message 33: by Kathy (new)

Kathy  (readr4ever) | 312 comments Sea wrote: "For all of those of you out there who want to start or are already going it and because of the popularity of this topic, I started a Book Journal Challenge on my site. I'd love for you to all join..."

Great site, Sea!


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Kathy  (readr4ever) | 312 comments Maphead wrote: "I used to do it all the time, but I fell out of the habit. However, after reading your rather excellent blog I am quite tempted to get back to doing it again.
Nice blog by the way ! Might have..."


I love your your blog, Maphead. Nice layout!


message 35: by Badlydone (new)

Badlydone Maphead wrote: "I used to do it all the time, but I fell out of the habit. However, after reading your rather excellent blog I am quite tempted to get back to doing it again.
Nice blog by the way ! Might have..."


Very nice blog, Maphead! I have already spotted a couple of books that are now in my to-read list! I'll be a regular visitor I think!


message 36: by Kim (new)

Kim (morebooks) | 1 comments I have considered keeping a reading journal, but really it is just one more thing to keep track of. I have the bad habit of buying most of the books I read, so I keep track of them that way, helps that I am completely OCD when it comes to organizing them.


message 37: by [deleted user] (new)

For me, it's more of a way to keep track of the sentences that I love the wording of, or characters that I want to revisit and the hours that escape whenever I open a novel.


message 38: by [deleted user] (last edited Mar 04, 2010 12:53PM) (new)

Kathy wrote: "Sea wrote: "For all of those of you out there who want to start or are already going it and because of the popularity of this topic, I started a Book Journal Challenge on my site. I'd love for you..."

Thanks Kathy. I really appreciate that as I am still trying to figure out this whole blog world.


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April wrote: "Sea wrote: Hi April,
You should check out.."

Hi Sea,

Thanks for the invite. I like your website. I don't know if I'll join the giveaway (because I'm pretty sure I won't win! lol) but I'm in..."


Either way, it'll be nice to have you around.


message 40: by [deleted user] (new)

Badlydone wrote: "I would really like to start a reading journal. I have been meaning to for a long time, but have never got around to it. Now, you have inspired me to!

Nice website, by the way! I need to check ..."


If you do start one, let me know how it goes. I would love it if anyone wanted to share pictures of their journals for a post I want to write about them.


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VWrulesChick wrote: "Sea wrote: "Does anyone else keep a reading journal? I just put a post up on my blog about moleskines because just came out with a new specific notebook collection and one of the new ones is a dedi..."

If you do decide to take this on, let me know! I'd love to hear how it goes.


message 42: by Marie-vicky (last edited Mar 04, 2010 08:56PM) (new)

Marie-vicky (grimace) | 30 comments Sea wrote: "Does anyone else keep a reading journal? I just put a post up on my blog about moleskines because just came out with a new specific notebook collection and one of the new ones is a dedicated readin..."

It was so great to read some part of your jounal. I have Chronic City but wasn't in the mood to read ir.After reding some quote in your journal,I will definitely read it soon.Thank for sharing your journal.
I have one where I write pretty much everyday about everything I read.I like also to write the best quote and also my feeling.I like to go back and read to remember.


message 43: by [deleted user] (new)

Marie-vicky wrote: "Sea wrote: "Does anyone else keep a reading journal? I just put a post up on my blog about moleskines because just came out with a new specific notebook collection and one of the new ones is a dedi..."

There is something about the way Lethem writes that makes me end up with pages and pages of his quotes. He's one of my favorite authors to read and I love that makes everything seem so normal although the worlds he writes about are not our worlds.

Keeping a journal is so rewarding for some sentimental reason. I don't think I could fully describe why I enjoy is so thoroughly, but I absolutely do.
Nice to hear from you Marie-vicky.


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Marie-vicky (grimace) | 30 comments Hi sea

I agree keeps a journal is rewarding.My mom always have a journal.When my children were born she has started a journal for them where she put pictures, quote of her favorites children book.Each time I go back home I enjoy reading it then I have bubble in my stomach because is so well written.French is my first
Ianguage and and my mom know so well to play with word> she makes magic with words.I still don


message 45: by [deleted user] (new)

Marie-vicky wrote: "Hi sea

I agree keeps a journal is rewarding.My mom always have a journal.When my children were born she has started a journal for them where she put pictures, quote of her favorites children boo..."


Perhaps it was the time period she grew up in, which gave her dreams some restraints?

I am amazed at her imaginative love for you and your siblings. What amazing gifts to have from your mother. I'll have to think about that for my nieces.
Thanks so much for sharing that.


message 46: by [deleted user] (new)

Marie-vicky wrote: "Sea wrote: "Does anyone else keep a reading journal? I just put a post up on my blog about moleskines because just came out with a new specific notebook collection and one of the new ones is a dedi..."

Wanted to let you know that I had finished Chronic City and written a follow up post about the book if you wanted to check out my conclusionary thoughts:

http://www.readingwithsea.wordpress.com


message 47: by Marie-vicky (last edited Mar 06, 2010 09:11AM) (new)

Marie-vicky (grimace) | 30 comments Thanks to let me Know I'm finishing A Reliable Wife sometimes during the day. I have around 100 pages to go.Its hard when you cannot put it down a book.Heres the weather is so great I have to get some sunshine outside."Throwing myself out of the house for an hour,pick my son at the ski center and run at the movie theater to see Alice in Wonderland with my daughter at 4:00."I don't know how much time left to read.But Anyway.Reading your journal convinced me what to read next.You have really convinced me .Chronic City is waiting on my counter.I will wait to finish it before reading your conclusions.
I will share mine with you at the end of the week.

Have a wonderful weekend

Marie Vicky


message 48: by astrangerhere (new)

astrangerhere I've spent the better part of the weekend filling in my first 18 books worth of entries into my new book journal. Gotta say thanks again Sea for pointing it out. It got here on Friday and I adore it!


message 49: by [deleted user] (new)

astrangerhere wrote: "I've spent the better part of the weekend filling in my first 18 books worth of entries into my new book journal. Gotta say thanks again Sea for pointing it out. It got here on Friday and I adore..."

I am so glad! You should take a picture of one of your pages and show us all!
-Sea


message 50: by astrangerhere (last edited Mar 08, 2010 10:36AM) (new)

astrangerhere Sea wrote: You should take a picture of one of your pages and show us all!"

As per your request. You were in luck, I'm home sick today and was able to make use of our pre-made ebay backdrop ;)

http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/57...

I should note for anyone interested in this or other Moleskines for journaling purposes, that you should immediately tie tiny knots in the ribbon bookmarks or they will fray. Also Sharpie's new ink pen works like a charm on the pages. No smearing or bleeding.

-Ast


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