Thursday, April 29, 2010

Read, Remember, Recommend

Read, Remember, Recommend By Rachelle Rogers Knight

Synopsis from Amazon

The ultimate organizing resource for book-lovers and a self-published hit, Read, Remember, Recommend gives readers a one-stop shop to keep track of their reading. Featuring 60 cross-referenced lists of literary awards and notable picks (Pulitzer, National Book Award, 100 Best Books of the Century), this journal offers more than 2500 suggestions to help readers discover great literature and new authors. The journal also provides room to record books read, jot down thoughts and ideas, and keep track of recommendations, books borrowed and loaned, and book club history.

My Thoughts

I have been wanting this journal since I started seeing it pop up on other book blogs. I was cleaning out my wallet and found an unused gift card (who forgets they have a gift card?). I paired my gift card with a coupon and now I am the proud owner of this wonderful tool! I tried to take pictures of each section but the pictures were blurry and bad. I'm a reader, not a photographer and it showed. I will spare you the horrible pictures. My next purchase should be a book on digital photography.

I love the Award and Notable List section. I have found many books that I have read listed along with many I want to read. I like how on some of the lists spaces were left for the new award winners. Yesterday I added to the Pennie's Picks-The Costco Connection list. I am having so much fun with this section!

There is a To Read section where you can list what you want to read, what you own, what you recommend and what you want.

Next section holds Journal Pages. I already journal about what I have read. I have been doing that for a few years now. The only complaint I have about this book is there is not enough journal pages. I have read others suggestions that this book be a binder type book in which you could add more pages to. I think that is an excellent suggestion. For now I will keep the journal book I already am using stored with this book. They make quite the pair!

The next section is for Recommendations, books you would like to recommend to others. A very useful section. I am thinking of listing my favorite reads here for those times when someone asks for a good book suggestion.

The next section is Loaner Lists. This is one section I need. Today I have no idea who has my copies of The Help and Snow Flower and The Secret Fan. If I had this book when I loaned them out I might stand a chance of recovering my books. Most books I do giveaway but a few are keepers for me. I do loan them out though so this is another useful section for me.

Next comes an interesting section on Resources. This is a nice section. There are book award websites listed along with sites to many book blogs, some of which I visit and others which I hope to be visiting soon. Also there is an index for the authors listed in this lovely book and also an index for the titles of the books listed.

Okay I must confess, it took me awhile to be able to write in this great book. It just goes against everything I have been taught. Once I started to write in it and started checking off books, there was no stopping me! I love lists! I love making them and following them so I absolutely love this book! I think it is a brilliant idea.

This book would make a great gift idea for that Mom who loves to read. Paired with a book gift card and you could Mom very happy! There is also a teen version of this book. A great gift for the reading teen to use over summer vacation.


  1. Beth,

    Thank you so much for this wonderful review! I really appreciate all of your kind words about my journal.

    Happy reading!
    Rachelle (Bibliobabe)

  2. I had trouble writing in my journal too, but I just love it!

  3. I just wish I had this wonderful book too... Maybe I should go buy it!

  4. I agree! Most any book lover would enjoy this journal! Glad u got one too!

  5. I had the same thoughts you did. This is a handy tool for book lovers who like to record things about the books they read.

  6. i also reviewed this journal (today actually!) and enjoyed all the information packed into it! the resources are great and so handy. my mom bought a copy for herself.

    i'm with you on pennie's picks--i loved the more 'mainstream' book lists for summertime reading. :)
    --nat @book, line, and sinker

  7. I definitely need to check this out. Had never heard of it. Thanks.


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