Sunday, April 4, 2010

47 - Read, Remember, Recommend: A Reading Journal for Book Lovers; Rachelle Rogers Knight



















I know many of you have been buzzing about this new reading journal, but I had not had a chance to really look at it in detail until this past week.  It's GREAT, and would be a welcome addition to any book lovers collection.

Some of the great features are:
  • Tabbed section dividers; spiral bound
  • Lists of books, by year for a variety of literary awards: Pulitzer, Orange Prize, Man Booker, National Book Awards and many more
  • Tracking space for award books you own, recommend, want to read etc.
  • Personal space to record books you'd like to read or acquire.
  • Listing of some literary blogs (several which I do enjoy already)
One thing that did not appeal to me, was the fact there were not enough free pages to list your own collections.  Many of the same books were listed over and over again under different category pages.

I did like the fact that this book is not only a  reading journal, but a reference book as well. The perfect, inexpensive gift for the book lover in your life, or, a gift to yourself. Retail Price is just $14.95 or just $10.87 at Amazon.  RECOMMENDED - (4/5 stars).

Thanks to Sourcebooks for sending me this book for review

24 comments:

  1. This looks interesting and I think it's a great idea.

    BUT

    I scribble so much random rubbish that I think I'm personally best sticking to a lined notebook - then I can write in whatever I want, wherever I want!

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  2. I may request this (through subtle hinting) for Mothers Day. What do you think? :D

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  3. I saw this in the store just yesterday. I like all the awards lists with check off boxs for the books you've read. It's not someting I'd buy but it is something I would like to get as a gift.

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  4. I will check it out. Not too long ago and friend and I thought about making a book readers journal. We talked about how nice it would be to have a spiral bound notebook that has an easy to use built in template to record book stats. This looks far more advanced than anything we envisioned. Thanks for getting the word out.

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  5. I really, really have to get it. it sound like just the right kind of thing for me.

    Thank you Diane for the awesome comment. It made my day!

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  6. Part of me would love this to help me organize my "stats." The other part of me wants to get away from all these accretions to mere reading!

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  7. I just got this one the other day and I love it. I started tracking my books immediately.

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  8. Thanks for the review - I've been curious about this one! I feel like this is one of those things that I would get all excited about at first, and then lack the discipline to actually keep going with :P

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  9. This does look really appealing!

    I have an award for you here:

    http://laurelrainsnowcreations.blogspot.com/2010/04/award.html

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  10. I like this, I love the idea of the awards section but between my blog and Shelfari I wonder if Id have any need for it?

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  11. This is definitely on my wishlist now!

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  12. Intriguing! I think it's one of those books that I'd want to see in person to see if the pages would work for me - like you said. Great to know it's out there!

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  13. I've seen this book around as part of a challenge. I agree that it's a nice gift idea.

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  14. This looks really cool. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I need to read this book for the review! I'm glad you like it! :)

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  16. I thought of using something like this as a record, but found that keeping lists on my computer, plus sites like Shelfari are sufficient for me. It would help to carry it around though. There were times when I didn't have some paper in my purse when I came across a good book title at the bookstore.

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  17. My perfect kind of book! I love all those features you've stated and I'd love to get to know the other literary blogs out there. I'm definitely adding this to my wish list.

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  18. I would appreciate the reference part of this book as I am always looks for must reads. I would also like to better understand the different literary prizes.

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  19. I think that a few of us bloggers need to get together & create a "wish list" of what a good journal like this would have in it & send it to a publisher. I would love one of these that really met my needs, but taking the time to invest in one that doesn't just isn't worth it. This is the second review I've seen of this one & it measured up about the same for both of you. Thanks for taking the time!

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  20. I've been reading about this book on several blogs and it does sound like a nice reading journal. I would like more pages to record in so it may not be for me but it's one that I would like to thumb through before I decide to buy it.

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  21. I agree there's not a lot of space, but it's still a fun book. I'll be posting my thoughts soon.

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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  22. This looks like an awesome reading journal, and like something I'd like to take a look at the next time I am at the book store. Thanks for your comprehensive review!

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