Is there anything more characteristic of the season than a summer reading list? The first thing I think of when planning my summer is what to read. Usually, I head to the library and collect a stack of paper and audio books to last me a year because I am so excited to begin reading. In reality, I finish a few books but not the original 30 or so that I check out in June.
After I began book journaling, my appreciation for reading increased significantly. That says a lot when reading is one of my three favorite activities (with writing and gardening). When I journal about what I am reading, I am able to make clearer connections between the text and what is happening in my life.
Like everyone else, I read to be better informed, to improve my skill set, to be entertained, and to appreciate the aesthetic beauty of an artistically-drafted piece of literature. During the summer, I tend to be drawn into pieces that will reconnect me to reflective thought, the appreciation of nature, and looking over lives well lived.
Sowing the Writer’s Garden with Book Journaling
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