I’m back in the office now, but I spent most of my time at home during the quarantine hanging out with Mil and journaling. I started myself a book journal, and made spreads for each of the books I’ve read so far this year.
It was nice to get my thoughts about the books I’ve read so far this year down onto paper. What’s the point of reading a book, if it doesn’t make you think? I mean, it doesn’t always have to be deep thoughts, not all books are meant to challenge us in confrontational ways. But, I like to get something out of my books, and getting those thoughts down on paper is a great way for me to keep them from disappearing.
Sometimes, that just means writing about how the story affected me as I read it. That was mostly the case for Emily St. John’s Station Eleven. It’s an amazing book, but with my anxiety, one I probably shouldn’t have picked up right at the beginning of a pandemic.
The process also made me feel a little more accomplished. I read Ursula K. LeGuin’s Complete Illustrated Books of Earthsea. It’s 5 novels, a book of short stories, and a half a dozen other short stories set in her world of Earthsea. The massive tome comes in at about 1000 pages, so it took me most of the quarantine to read, but I was able to journal about each individual book as I finished it, and that made me feel more accomplished. Especially since Goodreads will only count it as 1 book toward my annual reading goal because of the way they were bound.
Do you journal about your reading? If you do, do you add these pages to your regular journal, or keep a special journal just for books?