I’m not sure how I’ve managed to keep up with this reading journal because I got super behind on it during August and September and had to do an entire month worth of pages to catch up. But through the process, I learned that I actually liked waiting until the end of the month to write out my thoughts for each book. It makes dividing up the pages and deciding if I want to do anything “special” for a particular book easier than doing it on the fly and running out of space or having empty page space.
Here are a few pages I came up with for July, August, and September that I really liked. I will probably, at some point, do a full “flip through” video but I’ll wait until it’s completely finished to do that.
I love The Merciful Crow, so I wanted to do something cool for my reread of the book so I drew a sketch that mimics the cover. I did the same thing for The Faithless Hawk, but it didn’t come out quite as good as I wanted because I apparently can’t draw bird faces. Ha! Oh, well. I also wish I had waited to read The Merciful Crow in August so the two of these pages could be side by side in the journal.
I love The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord so, again, I wanted something extra for this page. One of my favorite parts of the book involves the dreaming tree, so I decided to draw it, mimicking the cover again.
I am so proud of this page! It’s probably one of my favorites I’ve done. I don’t usually consider myself an “artist” since my ability to draw isn’t that great, but I’m so happy with how this turned out.
I’m not sure why I made such an effort to create a cool spread for this book when I didn’t like the book that much. But I like how this came out. It’s cool.
An Ember in the Ashes is one of my favorite YA fantasy series, so again, I wanted to do something cool for this page. Since I’ve read this book several times, I didn’t have a lot to add to my “thoughts” so I wanted to highlight a quote. I’m not a huge fan of how the gold came out in the fire, but I like the rest of it.
Those are biggest spreads I’ve made in my journal the past few months. It’s been really fun to do this and to flip back through the early pages to see how I’ve changed how to document my reading experience. I’m hoping to continue doing this next year as well!