My First Ever Reading Journal // Review

I am a big journal-person, as many of you know. I have a bullet journal, a writer’s notebook, a daily journal, and more!

Most recently, I was sent a reading journal by Kunitsa Co., and I was so excited to start using it! I’ve never really used a reading journal before- I always tracked my reads on Goodreads and just in a spread in my bullet journal. I’ve also tried keeping a notebook where I write down notes for book reviews, but I don’t use it frequently.

What I like about this journal is that all of the pages are pre-made, so I do not have to worry about creating a new spread every month. Plus, everything is in one place, instead of scattered between all of my various notebooks.

Now, let’s take a look inside!

Features:

First, between each section of the journal, there are different quotes about reading (mainly by famous authors), and they are such a treat to read. I think this is a great addition to the journal because it makes it easier to find each section that you may need.

As far as the actual spreads in it, it contains…

  • Daily Reading Tracker: This functions as your typical “habit tracker” if you are familiar with the spread in bullet journals! Basically, you can just color in a square for every day that you read!
  • Reading Challenge: There are 3 reading challenge pages where you can keep track of your progress and fill up the page by increments of 10%! I definitely want to take advantage of this when I set my reading challenge next year.
  • Books to Read: This is fairly obvious, but you can track what books you want to read (you can keep track of books you own but haven’t read yet, or maybe books you want to buy so you have a list next time you go shopping).
  • Books Finished: Here, you can track the title, author, and date you finished the book! My only wish is that it had a section for star ratings, as that is something I like to quickly refer to.
  • Favorite Books: Another self-explanatory one!
  • Did Not Finish (DNFs): In this section, you can jot down a couple of words/sentences about why you did not finish the book, which I think is very helpful!
  • Books Lent Out: If you are someone who lends out your books to others frequently, this is such a useful spread to have! I do not really ever lend out books (mostly because none of my friends are big readers), but if I ever do, this will be something I use.
  • Books Borrowed: I like this page because you can keep track of books you’ve borrowed from friends or from the library! I think this will be a really good spread for me to keep track of all of my loans, as well as what date they are due so that I do not forget!
  • Reviews: Finally, there are 50 blank pages specifically for writing reviews! On the left hand side of the page, you can write down the title, author, choose if you listened to the audiobook or read it physically, write down the date you started/finished it, and even write down some more details such as the genre, number of pages, whether it was recommended to you by someone, etc. It also has specific questions that you can answer about the book (which is super helpful if you are new to reviewing and do not know what to write). The right side is blank for you to write any of your own thoughts or quotes you liked!

In addition, it has a spot to write the start and end date for when you started using the journal, so you can get one for each year, every 50 books you read, every six months, etc. This is such a great way to keep track of your reading not just this year, but for many years to come!

There is also an index page, a small introduction, and some inspiration/sample pages at the end!

Quality:

As far as the overall quality, I would say this is a really solid journal. The pages feel thicker than your average book, and they are so smooth. The cover is covered in cloth, and the journal itself feels very sturdy. I definitely think this journal can withstand a year or more of use, so do not worry about that at all!

It also has two bookmarks, which are standard quality.

All in all, I really have no complaints about this journal! It is small, lightweight, and easily portable for those who read on long commutes or travels. It is aesthetically pleasing, and the pages are all designed with thought and care. The quality is great- I will definitely be using this product and I highly recommend you check it out if you are looking for a reading journal (or if you are looking for a gift to send to a bookworm friend!).

If you want to purchase this journal for yourself, you can do so by clicking here. You can also check out the company’s Instagram page if you want to keep up with any new journal releases they might have!

Do you use a reading journal? If so, what kind?

May Bullet Journal Spread

Hello! I have not shared a bullet journal spread with you all since FEBRUARY because my spreads have all pretty much been the same. My 2020 bullet journal is very minimalistic because I wanted it to serve a specific function & not just be a pretty design (there is nothing wrong with making intricate spreads & I LOVE looking at them, it just wasn’t effective for me personally!!).

This month, I did change some things up, so I decided I would share the spread with you guys!

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First up, we have my goals and TBR page. I don’t do a monthly calendar anymore because I don’t use it that much. Most of my monthly planning goes on a google sheets page I have, or on my phone calendar!

I use my overview page to instead write down some goals, as well as my TBR for the month. I like having these written down because seeing it helps me to say on track.

Next to this, I have my expenses sheet, which is one of the most important pages in my monthly spread. I think it’s a really great habit to track your expenses so you can see where your money is going. Plus, knowing that I will have to write down everything I buy makes me want to save my money even more. Each month I try to make this sheet emptier than the previous one!

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Next up is my habit tracker! I changed up the format from my previous posts because I think it is easier to use and much cleaner. I also changed some of the habits that I’m tracking because my priorities are different. Plus, I realized that I was tracking some things unnecessarily because I was already doing them every day, or they just weren’t important.

This month, I will be tracking…
1. reading
2. writing
3. working out
4. running
5. drinking enough water
6. meditating
7. any days that I bit my nails (hopefully none)
8. getting enough hours of sleep

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Moving on, we go straight into my weekly spreads. You could see some of it in the last picture, but here is a full week’s spread.

I decided to give myself room vertically this month instead of horizontally because I like to plan my days out by hour. This way, I can write down my most important tasks, and I can write out a schedule for myself each day.

So far, I am really liking this method of to-do list-making.

At the bottom of each day, I also write down what workouts I am doing (including the days I want to go for a run). For now, I kept them in pencil just in case if I decide I want to do a different workout one day, or if I injure myself and can’t run (which happened last week).

I also have room at the end of the week to write down any notes that I have. This space is usually dedicated to grocery lists or tasks that I need to move over to the next week!

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Overall, I’m really happy with my spreads this month, despite how simple they are. I am very glad that I decided to go with a minimalistic BuJo this year because it has been much more sustainable for me. I’ve actually been sticking with it for months now!

Let me know what you think in the comments :)

Jessica

How Do I Know That I’m Doing the Right Thing?

In just a few short weeks, I will be starting my first semester of college. I have never been more excited to explore and live life on my own in a new place. But, I still have my doubts sometimes.

I have doubts about my major and my future career choice. How do I know that the major I chose is the right one for me? Am I following the right path? Will I be happy with a career in this field?

Deciding your future can be so so terrifying. I know it was for me. I am a person with many different interests. I want to explore every single major that my school offers, so how was I supposed to narrow it down to just one? I love to write and read, so maybe English? But I am also so interested in the human mind. Maybe I’ll go with psychology. Buuuutt, I also think I would enjoy political science. I have never just been passionate about one thing- I have always been fascinated by the entire world. It’s hard to have to eliminate many of my interests just so that I can focus on one, maybe two if I double major.

Luckily, the one thing that I haven’t had any doubts about is my school- I am so excited to be attending such a beautiful campus surrounded by some really amazing people. I fell in love with the campus the first time I set foot there, and I knew it was the place for me. Plus, it is so close to the beach, which is my favorite place in the world. It’s such a relief knowing that I look forward to going to school next year, which means that I have made at least one right decision when it comes to deciding my future.

I realized I shouldn’t doubt myself so much. I know who I am and I know what I like. As long as I’m always working hard towards my goals, I know I will be okay. Besides, if I really don’t enjoy the classes I’m taking, I can always switch my major.

The future is a scary place. Venturing into the unknown always is. But follow your heart and it will lead you on the right path.

Good luck with your future.

Xo, Jess

Journal With Me #5

It has been a very long time since I’ve done a journal with me post! I haven’t been in the mood to journal at all in the past few months, and I honestly can’t pinpoint why. I want to say it is a lack of motivation rather than inspiration, but I can’t really say what it is. I actually do feel both motivated and inspired. But my energy has been more focused towards my blog, writing/reading, and health/fitness. Journaling just hasn’t been a top priority like it used to be, and I just don’t find it as fun.

However, I missed a day of school this week, and I felt like getting back into it, even if it just with one page. I miss the feeling of satisfaction after completing a page, so I knew I wanted to at least try to work on it.

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I began by adding some cardstock paper with some different designs on the blank page and just filled in a quote I liked. Then, I found a magazine clipping that I really liked and trimmed the edges around to fit onto the page and I ended up really liking the look.

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Then, I added some washi tape and another magazine clipping, as well as some lines around the girl. As you can see in the next picture though, I ended up not liking what I did, so I used acrylic paint to black it out instead.

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This definitely suited my style a lot more, and I am so pleased with the result! As for the finishing touches, I just added some little stickers, and I topped it off with another quote! Sometimes I fill empty space with some of my writing, but I was lacking the inspiration at the time.

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I know it has been a while since I’ve done one of these, but would you guys want me to post some more soon? Please let me know, because I only want to do them if you’d be interested :)

Xo, Jess

Bullet Journal: April Spread

Today’s post is going to be all about my April spread for my bullet journal! If you haven’t heard about the bullet journal, it is basically a DIY planner that is super customizable and easy to change around to fit your needs!

Currently, I use my bujo to track my daily habits, write to-do lists, keep a list of my ARCs to read, and remind me of important events!

At the beginning of each month, I draw out a little calendar for the month, and I also write a list of important events to remember. Also, something very important is writing out my goals for the month. I like to keep this at the front so I can be constantly reminded to work towards them. Usually, they are book, fitness, or blog related!

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Right after that, I draw out my monthly habit tracker! These are things I try to do as often as possible. Marking them off everyday helps to keep me motivated.

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Now, onto the daily spread! This month, I decided to go for a simple-yet-classy look! You can see how I use it in the picture below!

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I try to write all of the most important tasks that I have to complete for the day. As you can see, some days are a lot more productive than others.

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Please let me know what you think down below, and if you have written any bujo posts, leave them in the comments! I am always looking for more inspiration :)

Xo, Jess

Journal Entries About Writing

the thing about writing is that sometimes you feel as though you have nothing to write. you think your words are not worthy enough to be put on paper. but writing is for you. it does not need to meet anyone’s standards. all that you need is a pen and a thought. we all have plenty of those. the rest will follow naturally.

when i write, i can feel all the energy inside me flowing. i feel powerful, indestructible.  words are a vital part of my existence. i would be incredibly lost without them. there’s something inside me that draws me to this art form constantly. this need i have for writing is inescapable.

put the pen to the edge of the paper, my dear, and let the words flow out of you. they don’t need to be perfect, but they still deserve to be said.

 

xo, jessica

{very} Mini Journal Flip Through

I received a stunning journal from Tremundo Journals a few days ago, and I absolutely had to talk about it. I chose a mini canvas notebook with a wolf print on the cover. This design really spoke to me because of the sunset and the moon in the background. Two of my favorite things. The quality is amazing. The pages are thin but my watercolor paints did not bleed through, and neither did my Staedtler pens. It is pretty small which is perfect for carrying around with you everywhere you go. Overall, it is just a really nice journal.

 

 

If you are thinking about journaling, you should check out Tremundo journals and try this one out! You can get free shipping in the US with the code “JUJ17” until July 31.

I wanted to show you guys what some of the pages I designed look like so far!

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Journal With Me #3

It’s been two months since my last Journal With Me because I haven’t been doing much journaling recently. I guess I fell into a bit of a funk with inspiration and motivation recently.

I subscribed to the Vogue magazine though, and I have received three since. These gave me a lot of inspiration so I went through them and picked some of my favorites to create a bit of a vision board look for this spread!

The theme I went for in this one was yellow and pink. I overdid the left side a bit with the yellow, so it wasn’t as subtle as I wanted it to be, but I am happy with the overall outcome. Let me know if you have any questions about the steps!

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I swear I will try to post more of these whenever I can! I hope you like the final product. Please let me know what you think in the comments :)

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