I am very excited to be writing this post; I love my book journal, and I’m pretty proud of it!
I propped it up against my laptop cover to show how vivid the colour is. I love it!
On the front cover, I keep small post-it notes. On each review, I post a picture of the book, just to jog my memory, or make the page look prettier, or for whatever reason, but on the post-it notes, I write down the books which I have to print the covers for here, so I can do them in bulk. Once I have about 20 books or so written on the post-its, I’ll get to my computer and print them all off at the same time.
For my pictures, I find the exact edition I read. Sometimes it takes a little effort to find the one, but mostly it’s easy, and it just makes it feel like my bookshelf is in my journal. I just set the height to 6cm, and it scales it down to make sure the font and image(s) still look as good as they do on the beautiful covers!
At the beginning of the book, I have a little index (you could say) of all the books I’ve read in 2015. Not unlike the list on my page here. It is numbered, and it has the dates I finished each book as well.
You guys know my format for reviews:
- Title, author and brief explanation
- My 9-point rating system and the percentage rating
- My detailed review, wrapped around my favourite quotes from the book
And that is exactly how I lay out my reviews in my book journal! Here are a few more examples:
The last one is Deathnote – a graphic novel (or manga, I don’t know the official name for it) And I didn’t rate it on my 9-point system, I just gave it a rating out of 10. So each review is flexible, I can write whatever I like, in the format I feel like! I’ve written about 15 reviews in it, so there’s a lot of experimenting at the moment.
As you might have noticed, I pick out a different colour scheme for each book. I choose two colours which call out to me for the particular book, and I use those two! I find that along with the picture of the cover, it makes the review more attractive and special. Here are ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ and ‘P.S. I Still Love You’, which both have pretty pink and green colour schemes:
And ‘All The Light We Cannot See’, which has a light blue and brown scheme:
And ‘The Humans’ is a bright green and orange:
And a couple more examples:
I hope you enjoyed this post, I really liked putting it together, talk to you next time!