Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Keep a Reading Journal + Book Giveaway!

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Do you ever wish you could remember what you read a year ago or two years ago or five years ago? I’m not talking about content but simply titles.

I have a poor memory to begin with, but add in six children, homeschooling, writing, home-making and all of its aspects of cleaning-decorating-decluttering, church obligations, plus other responsibilities I can’t remember right now {J}, and I can barely remember what books I read last year. Can I get an amen?

So what does every forgetful person do to remember something? Write it down.

A couple of years ago, I started keeping a reading journal. The children quickly decided they wanted to keep one as well. {How can I express the regret I felt that I hadn’t been keeping track of my reading since childhood? SIGH!} 


It’s a terrific way to keep track of what and how much you read. I still log my books on Goodreads, but this journal is a cute reminder I keep on my bookshelf.

Now that we’re keeping reading journals, each child knows how much they read each year and then can set goals for the coming year if they choose. {It’s usually just the first-born that sets a goal. J} In 2015, the 16yo girl read 148 books, the 14yo girl read 94 books, the 12yo boy read 78 books, and the 10yo girl read 55 books.

I keep my criteria written on the inside cover of my journal. Some of the children even include a sentence or two of what they liked or didn't like about each book.





Now, I’m sure you know what’s coming next in this post…a giveaway of Under Duress. J
Let’s make it more interesting, though.



I’m giving away two prize packages, each with a copy of Under Duress (Love Inspired Suspense)and a blank journal to start your own reading journal! You can only win once, and you must live in the US. Just leave a comment or shoot me an email to enter, and let me know which journal you prefer. The pink or the blue?

Thanks for reading…and entering!








Do you keep a reading journal? What do you record about the books you’ve read?


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23 comments:

  1. It's funny that you mentioned about not remembering about books that have been read. I didn't recognize a couple of titles on my kindle yesterday. It took me awhile to recall that I had indeed read them. :) I just love the idea of a reading journal. If I was blessed to win your generous giveaway, I would choose the blue journal.:) Can't wait to read your book. Many blessings, friend!

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  2. What a great idea to have a reading journal! I wish I had kept one when I was younger too.

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  3. I would like the pink and thank you for this chance:)

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  4. I appreciate your giveaways. If I win, I'd like the pink journal, please. thanks

    huneke6 (at) zoominternet (dot) net

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  5. Hmmmm...I like the pink! I don't read much, but when I do read it is full of suspense:) Even the cover of your book is a suspense. It looks so mysterious! Thanks for doing what you do!

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  6. The reading journal...what a great idea! I, too, wish I had thought to do that as a youngster, but better late than never!! Honestly, I would be happy with blue or pink! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  7. I've never thought about keeping a handwritten book journal. What a great idea!! I prefer the blue. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  8. I would like the pink, but both are pretty.

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  9. I like the blue journal. What a good idea. I need to do this for me and my; kids.

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  10. I started something like this with my son this year. A little more in depth but not exactly a book report. Mostly, what book he read, what character he liked best, what he thought, a new word he learned. It has been a fun way for him to look back and see the books he liked and read. I keep track on Goodreads, but this is such a great idea. I like the blue journal and would love to read the book you wrote. amylsmithAT bledsoe DOT NET

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  11. Thank you for this wonderful suggestion! I am determined to read more myself. A reading journal would not only serve as a record of what's been read, but an accountability tool as well. I'd want to fill up those pages! And, as a new mom, I love the idea of keeping a reading log for my little one. As he starts to learn how to read I can keep track of books he's read. If I start it now, he can have a record of every book he has ever read into his adulthood. Wow!!!

    Thanks for another chance to enter your giveaway! I'd prefer the pink journal should I win.

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  12. I would love to win a copy of your book and the pink journal if I'm lucky enough to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  13. Keeping a reading journal seems like a great idea - especially for homeschool moms like me. We'd love for you to link this post up at Literacy Musing Mondays #LMMLinkup. http://www.foreverjoyful.net/?p=782

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  14. Hello Meghan,
    I'm so happy for you that your book has been published. How exciting. I kept a journal of books I read for years. I don't really know why I stopped. It might have been around the time of the Joplin tornado. Things got really busy as we helped with the volunteers. Be blessed dear lady! I just signed up to follow your blog. I had lost track of you!

    Please drop by and say hello!
    ஐღLauraღஐ
    Harvest Lane Cottage
    ...doing what I can with what I've got where I am
    on a short shoestring budget!
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  15. What a wonderful thing to do. I have kept similar books in the past, but am not consistent. Kudos to your children for those high number of reads. Enter me. Thanks!

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  16. Still haven't read your book. I would love to win a copy of your book and the blue journal.
    Blessings, Meghan.

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  17. I wish I had thought to do this, as I've been a huge reader all my life. I'm really curious as to how many journals I would have. I read between 15 and 20 books a month now. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I like both journals, so I really don't have a preference :-)

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  18. I'm overwhelmed by the response! Thank you for entering! :-)

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  19. This is such a great idea! I am definitely going to implement it! I read a TON so it will be nice to be able to go back and remember. I think I prefer the blue journal, but they are both pretty.

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  20. Oh how fun! I keep an online reading journal but really want to start a written one. I'd love to win---pink, of course! Can't wait to read your book, Meghan!

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  21. I use the back of my journal/diary to remember what I read over the course of the year, but this is an awesome idea!!

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