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“This is a brilliant book for book lovers—how smart of Rachelle to come up with this organizing and fun journal! Its spiral-bound format with tabs renders this book practical and easy to use. There are six tabs indicating six sections: Awards and Notable Lists, To Read, Journal Pages, Recommendations, Loaner Lists, and Resources.
In the introduction, Rachelle explains how to make the best use of this book. The first half is made up checklists of books that have won awards and were nominated on notable lists. At the end of this section there is also a “blank lists” section where you can record your own lists. (I already started one.) I went through this extensive section (2500 reading suggestions) and realized there are a lot of books I have not yet read but would like to. So I checked off those I already owned and read and marked those I wanted to read. I’m certain my local library will have most of these books. How convenient to have these lists all together for easy reference.
The second tab is where you can keep track of books you want to read (that haven’t been mentioned elsewhere). I’ve got scraps of papers strewn on my desk with titles I jot down as I visit book blogs and pick up book recommendations. Now I can record them in this handy book. The only problem is that there’s only space to record 59 books. A few more pages would have allowed for more book recording. Book bloggers can have long wishlists!
Next are the Journal Pages where you can record the book you are currently reading along with comments and thoughts, words to define, and passages to remember. This is neat, but again, not enough pages for me. This section takes up less than ¼ of the book. Since this is a reading journal for book lovers I would have added more pages in this section and perhaps removed the next section on listing books you’d like to recommend since the other sections already allow for this to be noted. The Loaner Lists section for keeping track of books loaned and borrowed is so practical. How many times have we lent or borrowed a book and forgot whom we gave it to or whom we took it from? Not anymore!
Finally, the section on Resources is invaluable—filled with a wealth of book-related information you can find on the Web. There is also a section on Literary Terms, useful for the reader who wants to better understand the craft of writing and thus enhance their reading experience. Since I am a writer, book reviewer and book club organizer, I find this book particularly useful, and I have no doubt it will serve as a constant companion as I indulge in my love of reading and writing.
“This is where I gush like a frickin' waterfall and demand that you pick up this book immediately if not sooner! Forgive my text-speak here but OMG! Where has this book been all my life?! I have purchased and read several "books-about-books" references in the past: 1001 Books to Read Before You Die, Book Lust, The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List (all of which are excellent,) but Rachelle Rogers Knight's Read, Remember, Recommend stands out from the crowd.
From well-known awards lists such as Pulitzer and Man Book Prize winners, to lesser known awards such as Indies Choice and Dublin Award winners, Read, Remember, Recommend gives readers almost 150 pages of award winners and books that have made various "notable" lists - something for everyone. To the right of each listed book, the author has given the reader space to catalog books owned, recommended, to-be-read, and to-be-purchased.
Read, Remember, Recommend allows the reader to be insanely organized. The remaining pages of the journal are devoted to your to-read, recommendations, loaned books, and journal pages to record the books you read along with dates and page numbers. My only gripe is that there are not enough actual journal pages for the prolific reader. What is given in the book is really just a beginning point for journaling: 47 places for books to be read, 97 places to list books read with dates and page numbers, 67 places to "journal" about books read, 48 places to list books you recommend to others, 32 places to list books loaned and 32 places to list borrowed books - it may sound like a lot, but you could fill these pretty quickly if you're a serious reader.
One of the best features of Read, Remember, Recommend is the "References and Resources" section in the back of the book. Knight has organized 25 pages of web addresses for all manner of literary prizes and awards, as well as online book club sites, book exchange sites, social networking sites for readers, and - my FAVORITE - book blogs! I am thrilled to tell you that many of my favorite book blogs are listed in the literary blogs or lighter book-related blogs section. My blog is not listed, but I can forgive that because this book is FANTASTIC!
Rachelle Rogers Knight's Read, Remember, Recommend is the absolute best journal for readers! The copious checklists and reading suggestions are a book-lover's dream and the literary resources listed in the back of the book are exhaustive and thorough. Bibliomaniacs interested in chronicling their adventures in reading will fall in love with Read, Remember, Recommend!”