Like most stationery addicts, I have a ton of notebooks, and I love them all. However, I hand write my reviews before typing them out, and sometimes I am halfway through a review when I want to start a new one, so I have loads of notebooks on the go for reviews. I saw someone on twitter mention they bought a book log notebook, I looked into it and I thought the idea was awesome, however I just knew I would need more space for the review than the notebook provided, and so the idea of getting a traveller’s notebook where I can design and print my own inserts was born.
So here is my beautiful notebook. I ordered the A5 ‘Oakleaf’ from Meadowgate Leather
on Etsy. I cannot recommend this company enough. There are so many customisation options (I could choose if to have a pen loop, where it was placed and the size of it. The Colour of the elastic and thread and much more) I found it incredibly flexible and that I could choose my look more than just the colour of the cover, and I am so glad I went for the ‘extreme’ overhang!
When you open it up, all my separate sections are tabbed with pink glittery washi tape, so they are easy to get to, and each notebook has a ribbon bookmark (see photos above). I was after some kind of pocket to keep a spare notebook (a girl can never have to any right?!) and my kindle in, and in WHSmith the other day I found this notebook cover which neatly fits in my kindle in the front pocket. It doesn’t quite go with my covers theme, but it was £1.24 with a notebook I can keep as a spare, and it looks so happy, so I’m pleased with it.
The first main section is my book reading log, so when I choose a book, I list it here and check off when I’ve read, reviewed, typed and schedule/posted it. Also have check marks for adding to Amazon and Goodreads, and also if it’s a full review or a mini review (mainly used for books I purchase/borrow from library). On the inside pockets from the bear cover, I have two small notebooks, one is a list of books I want to read ASAP, to hopefully focus my decision making in the future. The other is basically a brain dump for any thoughts.
On the Back of the Plastic cover, there is another pocket with some notepaper and two lots of adorable cat page markers and sticky notes, should I ever need them. Is over planning a thing?
The next main section is the main review section. We have essential information like the title author, publisher and source. I also keep track of the genre, year published, pages, format I read it in and also the location where the book is set. I also have a small section for notes while I am reading the book. Then space for the actual review, and there are 2 full pages after this section to let me have plenty of space, and I alway have that spare notepaper as a backup!
Then I have room for some mini reviews, which is basically a 1 page version of the full review, but more compact. Then comes a notebook, with an adapted cover that is a small notebook which I’ve made a basic calendar from so I can add dates for blog tours I am taking part in and keep track of any book events, Yeovil Literary festival is already noted so I can see what talks are happening there.
The main notebook after the calendar is for ideas of blog posts, and the final notebook is lists for when I’m doing top 10’s etc.
So there you have it. That is my rather extensive blog based traveler’s notebook. I love the flexibility of it and am already planning on ordering a second one for my bullet journal!!