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.
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.
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!
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.
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]! https://theprettybooks.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/gone-reading
- 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 Global, Ethiopia 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.