Oct 14, 2017

2017 Book Review Journal Tour


Hey Book Bloggians! 

Today I thought I'd give you a little tour of my review journal. I decided since I want to read more books and record my thoughts on them for my blog, it would be fun to set up a journal where I can list all my books for the year and keep track of their rating and have enough space to write down my favorite quotes and my notes. 😊 If you have a book blog (or even if you don't and you just want an organized way to keep track of all the books you read) I hope this post might give you some inspiration! 😄

 This is the notebook I used. It's a little boring on the outside, but I'll probably decorate sometime in the future. Though I'm still figuring out the best way to do that because it's cloth bound.

It's a good sized notebook, (I'm guessing about 200-ish pages) but decorating it with washi tape of EVERY SINGLE PAGE made it a lot fatter...I didn't think this through. 😂😂😂 Oh well, any kind of notebook will probably work for you, depending on how many books you think you'll read. And also you'll want to make you you have enough extra pages for notes. (But if you run out of space, you can always make a second volume.😉)

I doodled in the end pages just for fun while watching TV and this was the result. 😂 You don't have to do this, but if you have a boring blank space that you want to fill to make your notebook more personalized, this is something you could do.

This is the first page. The one on the left was blank, so I looked on Pinterest and found some easy doodles and fonts I could copy and pieced them together to make a cute little quote page. And as I am not an advanced artist, I'm pretty proud of how it turned out. 😊

 This is my section dedicated to Allegiant. All of my books in my notebook are set up similarly to this. (Later I decided to add a start date and end date.) 
The first page has the title, a note of where I started reading from to keep track of page count, (since I started reading like last year and didn't get a chance to finish it yet) a space to write what awards I want to nominate the book for, (I found a tag that takes the Academy awards and adapts them to books, so I decided it would be fun to kind of do the tag as I'm reading them and do an "awards ceremony" on my blog at the end of the year when I decide which books are my favorites.) and a space for quotes. As you can see, I liked to add little doodles around the title and the quote header for decoration. On the next page I put "Notes" at the top and left the rest blank so I could fill in my thoughts as I read. I found I only used up to about three pages or less for each book, and two pages for the quotes, but just to make sure i had just enough extra space, each book section totaled to about six pages. (front and back)

In the back I decided to use this idea I found on Pinterest of a fold out index.

I used more washi tape to stick it in and also to use as more decoration. 😉 (Yes, the lined paper going the wrong way bothers me too but I couldn't get it to fit the other way.)

And last but not least, here is a shot of the colorful edges that I covered with a billion different kinds of washi tape....I think I went a little bit crazy. 😜 I don't recommend doing this if you use a notebook that looks like the spine would crack from stretching the book out farther than it's supposed to, but luckily mine seems pretty sturdy so I haven't had any problems yet.

Well, that's it for now! I hope you got some book organizing ideas. 😜
How is your fall going? Got any fun plans for Halloween? Are you freaking out about Nanowrimo coming up? Oh, that reminds me, I only have eight hours left today to work on my outlining before I participate in another 24 hour readathon tonight! 😱 I should go do that...Bye!


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  1. I LOVE your journal!! I actually have a reading journal too but I kind of slacked off on it after August. I need to get back into it! I was "trying" to bullet journal, but I honestly found it more helpful to list what books I was reading/what I liked and what books were coming out. 😂 I love how you decorated yours. It looks sooooo good!!

    (And yes freaking out about NaNo just a little.😂)

    1. Awe THANKS! :) :) :) I'm so glad you love it! :D And yes Nano is coming and I'm not ready. I haven't even started writing an outline yet...oops. :P