Read, Remember, Recommend by Rachelle Rogers Knight is an excellent organizing journal for passionate readers, but maybe not for book bloggers. As an avid reader with a to-read list in the hundreds, there are not enough pages in this book to house all of my reading wants and needs. An online version of this book may have been a better product, allowing readers to continuously add pages to their loaner and recommendation lists. . . but then wouldn't we call it Good Reads or LibraryThing?
The explanations on how to use the journal at the beginning seemed unnecessary, but could be helpful for a reader who has never kept track of their reading.
However, what is really useful in this journal are the lists -- lists of Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and more. There's room to add new book award winners, but again there should be more spaces attributed to this.
The loaner pages and recommendation pages are essential to any reader interested in lending their books to friends, family, and neighbors or recommending specific books to the other readers in their lives. It seems that these sections are thinner than the others, and depending on how many books a reader owns and loans out or recommends, these blank pages should be photocopied before they are filled up.
Finally, the journal includes a list of online resources for book lovers, which seems pretty comprehensive in terms of places to search for book blogs and lit blogs, but I take issue with the term "lighter" to describe some wonderful bloggers who may not have PhD's in literature, but have valid points about structure, theme, literary devices, etc. While many are not professional reviewers, their perceptions and analyses of books are no less valid or insightful, which the term "lighter" implies.
With all of that said, however, Read, Remember, Recommend is an excellent resource for stellar literature, online recommendations and information, and a place to write down reader's thoughts about their books as they go along -- whether or not those thoughts end up on a blog.
I plan on using this book for a completely different purpose. I've attended a number of writing conferences and have often heard the best way to figure out where your writing will be accepted by publishers and literary journals is to check out the acknowledgments of authors and poets who have writing similar to your own. As a result, I plan to use the journal pages to keep track of those literary magazines, publishers, and other locations where I should be sending my work, and hopefully that will translate into some publications. I've got a ton of books to go through and a good stack of pages in this book to fill up.
I've got an extra copy for one of my readers anywhere in the world. Here are the rules:
1. Comment on this post about why you want to get your mitts on this reading journal.
2. Spread the word about the giveaway via Twitter, Facebook, blogging, etc. and leave me a link.
Deadline April 12, 2010, at 11:59 PM EST
Rachelle Rogers Knight is a passionate reader who has enjoyed books her entire life. Rachelle self-published Read, Remember, Recommend and Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens in 2007, and earned the Bronze Medal for "Independent Publisher of the Year" from Independent Publisher Online Magazine in 2008. Sourcebooks, Inc. is releasing new and improved editions of the self-published hit this April.
Also Don't forget to check out the next stops on the 2010 National Poetry Month Blog Tour, Jenn's Bookshelves and West of Mars.
FTC Disclosure: Thanks to Sourcebooks for sending me a free copy of Read, Remember, Recommend for review. Clicking on title and image links will lead you to my Amazon Affiliate page; No purchase necessary, though appreciated.
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