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  1. Charlotte Riise

    What a lovely reading and journaling practice. I have kept reading journals on and off for years – I only recently started up again. It is nice to challenge myself in both reading and writing, and a record of sorts of what I read and thought.

    I do wonder: is that your TN with your planner and lists and the reading journal in there as well? Or do you keep a separate TN for this journal?

    • wonderpens

      Thanks so much for reading!

      This is my TN with a planner and an additional insert as a journal, so I keep three inserts inside in total, along with a zipper pocket which houses stamps, coins, receipts. I do adjust every once and again, but this has been working out for the last little while for me. πŸ™‚

  2. Gina

    I used to be a voracious reader ad well. But, as you have said, life happens. My son keeps asking me, everyday, how many pages have I read today. And I am always guilty for I have not read any. I like your idea of forcing myself to allot two pages for every book I read. I will try this. πŸ’“

    • wonderpens

      How lovely that you have a little built-in accountability system! It is so nice that your son is so interested in your reading. I hope this system, or something else, works for you. πŸ™‚

  3. Melissa B

    This blog was one of the most insightful posts I have read in a while – it is a great idea! I read the Book of Negros by Lawrence Hill when it first came out and led me onto a very satisfying learning journey of historical ethnicity in Nova Scotia and New York – a small journal would have been perfect to collect these thoughts to look back on. I will begin one immediately, thanks so much!

    • wonderpens

      Yes, I know exactly what you mean, when one book leads you down a rabbit hole through other authors or discoveries! An ever expanding world. Hope a reading journal brings you much of what you’re looking for.

  4. Emma

    What a lovely blog post.
    I just started keeping a reading journal this year. (I’m using a Hobonichi Techo and it is very luxurious and unnecessary but I am loving it.)
    I feel like you’ve captured all of my thoughts about it! The things that stand out for me are having to think about the book once it’s done, rather than closing it and forgetting about it, and how it’s affecting the way I read. Like you say, I find I’m noticing more.

    • wonderpens

      Thanks so much for reading, and taking the time to write! Yes, it has really changed the way I read, and also the fact that it often forces me to think about it after I’ve finished it. Rather than just done and onto the next, I have to sit with it, even for a minute, and consider what I thought about the book. Glad to hear of another reader here!

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