It’s day 16 of Blogtober already! I can hardly believe I’ve done a post every day this month, but here we are!
The Blogtober group I’m a part of has a list of daily prompts for inspiration, and I haven’t really been following it due to my bookish niche and keeping up my regular Monday-Friday posting schedule. But today, I needed something to write about, and the prompt is “Journal Prompts.”
This got me thinking about all the beautiful book journals and book planners I see over on Bookstagram. Try as I might, my attempts to use a paper journal to track my reading never go well. Between the book blog and Goodreads, I don’t really feel like I have anything else to say or track in a paper journal, much as I love the idea.
For this year, I did get the Always Fully Booked planner from Little Inklings Design. I absolutely adore the setup and it’s a beautiful item to have, but I already use a daily planner so wasn’t sure I’d end up using the planner aspect. It’s much easier to track my review dates and new book releases in the planner I already carry with me than to have it in a separate place. That said, the AFB does have a beautiful little coloring bookshelf page to track your reading, and that has been a satisfying addition to my reading life.
I have a friend who keeps a bullet journal, and she tracks her reading in there, which is also a nice idea in theory. I do (sometimes) keep a journal, but I mainly log gratitudes and use it to tape in ticket stubs and other things I like to collect when I go out and do something fun. I am sporadic with this practice, so I don’t think I’ll be diving more deeply into the world of book journaling any time soon.
What about you, book friends? Do you track your reading or your reviews in a book journal of any kind?
And while we’re on the subject of journal prompts, I’d be remiss not to mention that I have a Tarot Tuesday series over on my self-care blog, Running Into Joy, where I draw a tarot card each week and provide some journal prompts on the theme. The series is on unofficial hiatus while I do Blogtober slash travel most weekends in October, but you can check out the existing prompts if you’re interesting in journaling and tarot.