BQW – Reading Journals

Do you have a reading journal?

I have always wanted a reading journal but if you’re anything like me, you’ll buy yourself a day-by-day diary, write in it for the first week and forget all about it by the second week.

I’ve seen some incredible reading journals and the one at the top of my wishlist is StellaBookishArt’s marble reading journal 😍😍😍

It is one stunning journal, and the art and quotations inside of the journal is beautiful!

But over Christmas I got myself Literary Listography – My Reading Life in Lists which I think, may actually be the perfect reading journal for me.

It’s not a day-by-day thing, but is literally a book full of lists for you to make. Some of the lists you can make are titled “fictional characters I would not get along with” and “fictional characters I’d go on a date with” 😂

It’s kind of like a scrapbook that you can add to as you read something new.

Plus, it’d be kind of a cool thing to pass down the family when you’re older so you can share your favourite reads and it might encourage other family members to start a list too!

It is definitely much different to a reading journal, where you can track your progress and write down your favourite quotes…etc.

But for myself – who can’t stick to writing a journal but wants to spend a fortune on one – thought this list idea was great.

Have you got a reading journal? What are your thoughts?

I look forward to reading your responses in the comments 😍😍

Bookish Question of the Week

Do you buy a book based on the reviews or on the rating? Or neither for that matter?

Recently I have been more aware that I have been buying books that have no less than 4 stars on goodreads…and I’m starting to feel hella guilty.

I find that I’m not picking up books because I like the sound of them, I’m actually getting my phone out and checking the rating on goodreads to make sure it’s worth my time reading.

It’s totally unintentional and I have only just realised I’m doing it. Maybe because I hardly ever have enough money so when I buy a book I want to make sure it’s worth it? Regardless, it’s not fair on all the other books that are going unread by me because of the rating on goodreads.

It was over the past few weeks where I read a great review about a book that I personally would never have read because I didn’t like another book by the same author, but it’s called The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

I’m aware now that it does have over 4 stars on goodreads, but what I didn’t do is look at the rating first before the review. Then I thought…why I haven’t I been doing this all along?! No need for judgemental stars, but honest words and opinions by those that have experienced the books themselves.

Do you find rating a book difficult? Because I don’t understand the rating system that much; I tend to rate books high (5 stars) or not rate them at all if I’m not sure. And if I’m not the only one that doesn’t full understand, then is buying a book based on ratings unreliable??? 😱

The epiphany is real, and I’m definitely going to be more conscious about buying a book due to their rating.

It would be great to hear your answers to my questions, so I look forward to your lovely comments 😍

Bookish Question of the Week

I’d like to introduce you to Bookish Question of the Week!

As I’ve been writing all of my blog posts, I’ve come across a few questions that made me think ‘I wonder if anyone else thinks/feels the same?’ So I thought I’d take this opportunity to ask you all your thoughts.

Is a reading goal restrictive or a little intimidating?

So far, I have read 21 books this year. I should be proud of that right?

But because my goal was to read 30, I feel unaccomplished. Which made me raise the question, is a reading goal restrictive or de-motivating?

I think reading as much as you want, when you want and what you want to read is the most important.

I’m a fast reader but finding the time to read can be difficult sometimes, between work and my social life. But when I do find the time, I enjoy every moment. That is what reading is about 😍

Is a goal necessary? Should we perhaps keep a list of the books we have read and total it up at the end of the year and see how much each one of us have accomplished? What are your thoughts?