Review: Reading Journal for Book Lovers @ GoneReading (plus win a $25 voucher!)

I find that a lot of people are surprised to discover that I write my book reviews down on paper first, but everybody knows what it’s like to stare at a computer screen for hours, trying to write the first few lines of an essay’s introduction, and it’s the same for me and book reviews. I like to draft reviews on paper as it means I cannot delete words or sentences, trying to perfect them. I then go through them properly once I’ve typed them up – I find it’s much quicker!

I like to write reviews in pretty notebooks, so when Gone Reading got in touch to offer one of their bookish products for review, I couldn’t resist picking this reading journal for book lovers. So here’s a little bit about what I think of the journal now that I’ve flicked through (ironically, I’m not writing this review down on paper first!) and I’m also happy to offer you the chance to win a $25 voucher to spend at Gone Reading, at the bottom of this post.

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I picked this not only because it’s a pretty journal, but because it’s a journal for book lovers. I initially thought it was a blank journal with a lovely cover, but it’s actually made for people like me! It has space for book reviews (and star ratings), space for bookish quotations (useful!), a section for listing books that made you want to visit certain locations (like Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares made me want to take a trip to NYC), an addresses section at the back for noting down locations of your favourite bookshops, and much more.

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It has just about enough space for me to write my book reviews, although I’d have made the categories: fiction, non-fiction, adult, young adult and children’s, because that’s how mentally organise my books! I’m unlikely to ever tick memoir or biography, and I’m also not that sure ‘inspired me to learn about these subjects’ is necessary for me either, but I can see how it would be useful for students. But it’s not too much of a problem!

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I was a slightly odd child who used to buy exercise books on science or maths just because I really enjoyed completing the questions – writing an answer in a box or drawing a picture of a plant – in a workbook. It’s not something I’ve done for a while, but this gives me the same sort of feeling! I’ve had to resist getting stuck in straight away as I’ve not finished my current notebook yet.

Reading Journal for Book Lovers @ GoneReading
And lastly, one of my favourite sections in the journal is dedicated to lists of books, from the BBC’s Top 100 Reads (which I’ve seen floating around the internet for years) to Man Booker Prize Winners. I’m looking forward to ticking off the books I’ve read, plus looking for inspiration for books for my Classics Challenge. It’s a beautiful journal, perfect for bookish people who like to review, categorise and rate books. It’s $12.99 (£8), so I’d say pretty good value since I tend to pay that for a blank notebook. And, excitingly, I’ve got a $25 voucher to give away to one winner!


Win $25 to spend at Gone Reading

Gone Reading has kindly offered to give one winner $25 to spend on any product(s). They’ve got a lot of bookish goodies on offer, from typical products like bookmarks and book journals to more quirky products, such as the Personal Library Kit, which I’ve posted on Tumblr before. I was tempted to review it but remember that I tend to not lend out books… !

How to Enter

  • Head over to Gone Reading and let me know in the comments which bookish product(s) you’d buy for yourself (or as a gift!)
  • For an extra entry, tweet about the giveaway using this template: If I won $25 to spend at @gonereading4evr, I’d love to buy [the Reading Journal for Book Lovers]!
  • Open (almost) worldwide. Visit here to see if Gone Reading ship to your country
  • Giveaway starts Saturday 9th November at 1pm GMT (now!)
  • Giveaway ends Monday 18th November at 9am GMT
  • One winner will be picked at random to win a USD $25 voucher to spend at Gone Reading
  • Make sure there’s a way for me to contact you (via Twitter, your blog, via email, via Tumblr, etc!)


If you’re unfamiliar with Gone Reading, here’s a little bit about them and their mission:
Gone Reading International has pledged 100% of our after-tax profits to provide new funding for reading-related charities.  By purchasing GoneReading brand gifts and merchandise, you’re treating yourself and the world at large to a wonderful gift.  All purchases from GoneReading help contribute to our philanthropic work.

We donate to great non-profits such as READ GlobalEthiopia Reads and BiblioWorks, amazing organizations with proven models, long track records, and dedicated teams on the ground.  Such groups partner with local villages and communities in the most underdeveloped parts of the world to create new libraries that effect real change.

94 thoughts on “Review: Reading Journal for Book Lovers @ GoneReading (plus win a $25 voucher!)

  1. I would buy the Reading journal for book lovers and/or a reading t-shirt!

  2. I would buy the Reading journal for book lovers! 🙂

  3. I love the reading journal for book lovers, you spoke so highly of it!! But I also love the Renoir print, two girls reading. It was one of my favorites in the Louvre — which I haven’t spent far too much time in. I love the idea of two little girls getting lost together in a book. You can contact me on tumblr: Hope to hear from you!

  4. I would probably like a book holder or the My Bibliofile Book Journal!

  5. Holy crud, this website is awesome! Thanks so much for writing about it! Oh my goodness, it’s hard to decide what to choose. I think I’d get one of each reading journal, if I could! And definitely the Quips, Cusses, and Curses knowledge deck.

  6. Oh my goodness, I would love to buy everything from this store! Books are probably the only thing I’m obsessed with. Ever since I was able to be read to, I’ve gravitated towards books and anything that has to do with them. The writing journal, the calendars, even those book plates?! I want them all!!

  7. Seems a popular choice but the reading journal for book lovers is top of my wish list -and a little book holder to keep my book from flitting it’s pages whilst I’m holding my cuppa 🙂

  8. I would pick the Reading journal for Book Lovers- seems like the perfect gift for book lovers this holiday!

  9. Oh my goodness, I am so excited to find out about this store! I am also like you – love to fill in things, and don’t even get me started on lists. If I’d win I would definitely be getting the Reading journal for book lovers.

  10. I would buy the reading journal for book lovers 😀

  11. That reading journal is really cool, but I think I would want the bamboo bath caddy – I could really use it!

  12. I tweeted as @ memymarie 🙂

  13. I’d definitely get myself the Little Book Holder, because it looks so cute and useful, but I think I’d also go for the Journal For Book Lovers! It looks really awesome, especially after reading your review and supplied photos. 🙂

  14. So many goodies! I’d have to say that the book rest lamp definitely caught my eye. I need that on my night stand!

  15. I’d love the Books I’ve Read journal. I use Goodreads, but I’d love to have a paper version too.

  16. I would get the Journal for Book Lovers or the bath caddy.

  17. I really like the ‘Peace Love Books’ print, I love a good book print to add my gallery wall. What a fun website, I think a good deal of time is going to be spent exploring it further today.

  18. I would probably get the My Bibliofile Book Journal or one of the other book journals. They all look like so much fun and I’ve always wanted a book journal!

  19. I would love the Reading Journal for Book Lovers. Its super cute 🙂

  20. Definitely the Reading Journal for Book Lovers, and the “Books to Check Out” journal–the library card look is just wonderful. And the book dishes!

  21. I would buy the the Reading Journal for Book Lovers and a book holder

  22. The Book Lovers Journal or The Reading Women Wall Calendar. I saw that there are several Jane Austen products. That candle or posters look amazing!!! 🙂 Twitter: @LinaDy52

  23. I’d get a book lover’s journal. It’d be a fantastic present for my mom!

  24. posted to twitter as well via @runninglaur

  25. I would buy the La Lecture poster for my library and I would buy a set of book plates/platters for my mother. This site is fantastic!

  26. I would buy the book shaped plates because I would love to host book themed dinner parties with food from or inspired by the book we’re all reading.

  27. I love the Reading Journal for Book Lovers, too, buuut I think I’d pick a Word Magnets set, probably “The Poet Edition” 🙂 It sounds like such a cool idea, leaving poems on the fridge.

  28. I agree with most people. I love the Reading Journal for Book Lovers. It is a great way to log all the books I read and have read. I also think the poster, “Reading on the Dock” print by Georgia Janisse is quite beautiful too. And on a fun note, the It Was A Dark & Stormy Night: A Game About Books! seems quite ingenious and cool. It would make a great gift and be a fun thing to have around.

  29. I probably shouldn’t have clicked the link seeing that now I want a lot of the stuff they sell, but thank you for sharing! I love book journals, but I prefer coming up with my own layout and lists, so I wouldn’t pick this one… but I do love the “Books to Check Out” journal, it looks so cute! Or maybe something like the Oscar Wilde action figure. Yep, I can definitely find some use for that :P. Or maybe one of the candles. Oh, and that “Gimble Traveler” bookholder looks quite practical, I would love to try that!

  30. If I won the voucher I’d purchase the “Books to check out” Book Journal and give it to my best friend for Christmas, she would absolutely love it!

  31. This is such a cool website, I can’t believe I’ve not heard of it before! I would definitely buy the My Bibliophile journal. I’ll probably buy it even if I don’t win.

  32. I would buy the Floating book shelf or the Reading journal for book lovers.

  33. This is the best website ever. I am almost crying I love it so much. I would buy a reading trivia game, or the Jane Austen magnetic poetry kit, or one of the Jane Austen posters. I’m in love….

    You can reach me at or at @sophieschoice94 on twitter!

  34. The book journal looks amazing ahh! Great choice!

    I think I would buy “It Was A Dark & Stormy Night: A Game About Books”, because it sounds like a lot of fun!

  35. the Reading Journal for Book Lovers

  36. I would love the Austen for president t-shirt! It’s so cool! 😉

  37. I would choose a reading light for myself, because I always have trouble reading in my bed because my bedsidelamp is not placed right or I would buy something from the Jane Austen department for my sister because she loves Jane Austen.

  38. I would buy the “What I Read” Book Journal and the Personal Library so I can better keep track of my books 🙂

  39. I would definitely buy the Reading Journal for Book Lovers. I really like the Books to Check out Journal as well which would come in handy quite a lot and the Oscar Wilde action figure is really cool too.

    I’ve tweeted from @misskaylax

  40. I already have and love the “Books I’ve Read” mini version, so I’d love the full-sized version too. Either that or “The Plot Thickens” cards so my sister and I can go head to head on our book knowledge!

  41. I would get the library kit and definitely the sea turtle book charm 😀 so cute! The books to check out looks like a good idea for me to get as well!

  42. I would definitely get the Reading Journal for Book Lovers! It looks so pretty and seems like a great idea for bookworms. Also maybe the ‘books to check out” journal.

  43. Definitely a Reading Journal and a book holder!

  44. I think I’d buy the Personnal Library Kit, to use it in a twisted way. I hate to have to bring back books to the library. With this kit, I’d be able to keep the books, as I’d take them from my own shelves. Plus I could keep a trace of the date I read books. Opening if years later and seeing the date would bring back many memories…

  45. I would get one of the book journals!

  46. I would certainly be thankful if I could get The Book Lover’s Journal and The Reading Journal for Book Lovers. I will keep one for myself and hand the other to my sister or my best friend. I can be reached with ease via Twitter @thisismarjorieg.

  47. The “What I Read” book journal is going on my Christmas list. I use Goodreads but I want things on paper!!! And I might even throw in a book mark.

  48. I’d propably get the Emma Text Poster…or the ‘My Bibliofile’ Journal…or the Bookmark Pad…so many choices…

  49. I think I would actually go for the book you were given here The Reading Journal for Book Lovers, it looks awesome! Although I have to say those book shaped plates are out of this world. 😛

  50. I would probably go for the same book you were given as it looks absolutely brilliant! I’d also have a hard time saying no to Shakespeare Word Magnets as they’d be fun to play around with with friends

    Also, my tumblr is if you need to reach me :3

  51. I absolutely love the book journal you were given, it looks like it’s perfect! I’m always struggling to work out what I should read after I’ve put one book down, so the lists would be really handy for me. Also, I never remember if I’ve read a book already and I often get halfway through one and realise I already know how it ends! I think I’d also by the You Are Here bookmarks, they look awesome 🙂 You can contact me via twitter – @holycricket. I hope you do!

  52. I would love the “Books to check out” book journal, because I am always adding books to my to read list:)

  53. I would buy the book journal – books to check out and the book you can win here, the
    Book Bookmark – My Vampire Can Beat Up Your Wizard (because that’s an awesome one) simply said, I would buy too much on this site :p

  54. If I won I’d love the Reading Journal!

  55. Wow, that Reading Journal looks amazing! I jot down notes while I’m reading to help me when I write up reviews, but I’ve never been that extensive with it until I open up WordPress to type them. I just may have to try something like this out sometime, though!

  56. I would definitely get one of the reading journals and some bookmarks! What a cool website! 😀

  57. I would really love the book journal you reviewed, or one of the other reading journals!

  58. This book journal looks good…kinda perfect for you! I would want the Jane Austen inspired candle! I love the idea of that. Thanks for the giveaway 😉

  59. I’m loving the Book Journal – “Books To Check Out”!

  60. Tweeted!

  61. I would buy the reading journal for book lovers (so useful and pretty!) and pig charm bookmark (so cute!)

  62. Tweeted!

    If I won $25 to spend at @gonereading4evr, I’d love to buy the Reading Journal for Book Lovers!— Jessica (@scentfragrance_) November 10, 2013

  63. The reading journal for book lovers! Or the mini books I’ve read journal.

  64. What a great site!
    I would so buy the Book Worm Journal for Kids so I could record all the stories I read to my daughter & those that she’s starting to read to me. 🙂

  65. I would like the reading journal for book lovers, it’s so cute,

  66. I would buy the floating book shelves! They are so cool 🙂

  67. I’d definitely get the reading journal, and those book shaped plates are so cool! Lovely website!

  68. I would get two copies of this journal! I saw it a few months ago and couldn’t find where it was from so thanks!

  69. would buy the La Lecture poster for my library and I would buy a set of book plates/platters for my mother.

  70. What a fun giveaway. I quite like the library-related tshirts 🙂

  71. I like the Pride and Prejudice trivia game.

  72. dez3b at yahoo dot com

  73. I would buy the Personal Library Kit or the Reading Journal for Book Lovers! Definitely want all of those book journals, they’re all so cute…

  74. I’d never heard of before, it’s amazing. I’ll definitely be shopping there whether I win or not!

    After looking through all the journals, I chose the same as you (The Reading Journal for Book Lovers) The thing that stole my heart was the list section. I can’t resist reading/book lists.

    I also ADORE the floating book shelves, the bookmark and the Oscar Wilde inspired candle.

  75. I would definitely get the reading journals, for myself and my son! Everything looks beautiful there.

  76. I would buy the Reading Journal!!

  77. I would buy the reading journal and the library kit! 🙂

  78. I would get the My Bibliofile Journal!

  79. I like the floating bookshelves but I also like the book journals.

  80. I would get a book holder for sure, the reading journals are fun too, and so are the word magnets!

  81. I would get the The Book Lover’s Journal (because that’s the way I found this post :D). Also maybe the Personal Library Kit (I am almost a librarian myself) and maybe some bookplates… And maybe one more book journal for my godchild… Poor thing, nothing fun from this godmother, just books. She can’t even read yet. 😛

    I tweeted too. 🙂

  82. theres so much to choose from! I’d definitely buy the reading journal for book lovers, but also the floating books shelves and a bookplate. and maybe one of those pretty bookmarks. they have a lot of beautiful things.

    I tweeted here

  83. I love websites like Gone Reading! Book things continually delight me. If I won, I would definitely buy a either the Reading Journal for Book Lovers (because it looks fantastic) or the “Books I’ve Read” Book Journal and definitely the ‘Reading on the Rocks’ bookmark because I have too many bookmarks and of course I don’t need any more.

  84. I would probably get It was a dark and stormy night game because it sounds like a lot of fun 🙂

  85. wow so many cool stuff:)
    all of the journals are amazing,but since i’m in need of a calendar for next year i would probably pick it,because it’s beautiful:)

  86. The “Paradise Found” T-Shirt for Women!

  87. I’d probably get a floating shelf!

  88. Besides wanting to spend all of my money on this site, I have decided to wait til after the holiday season to splurge. Although, if I were to win the $25 I would use it on one of the magnetic poetry kits- likely Edgar Allen Poe. I think these magnetic moveable words would be great in a classroom and my students would love being able to move them around during free time!

  89. Definitely the Bibliofile Book Journal!

  90. Thank you all for entering! I’m now going through and adding these comments (and tweets) to a spreadsheet and will pick the winner shortly 🙂

  91. Literally just filled up the very last page of my last diary.. I really need a new one

    I think my head might explode from everything that needs to be written down.

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