Remember that time when Moleskine got really popular and their planners were also such a big hit? I bought one only to realize I am not busy enough yet to use it to its full potential. Then they came out with their Passion Journals which I thought was a great idea.
What is a Passion Journal?
It’s a journal for a specific purpose. Its pages are formatted so all you would have to do is fill it up which all corresponds to what the journal is specifically about. At the moment, they offer ten different journals. The one I bought a few years ago was their Book Passion Journal.
What is a Books Passion Journal?
What it is a journal for book lovers, and those who love to read. Pages are separated alphabetically with about 6 pages per alphabet. The pages are formatted so you can fill out the title and author of what you’re reading, when you read it, quotes, your opinions, publisher, awards and extra notes you would like to take note off. There are also blank pages in the back for whatever you would like to use it for.
Why did I buy it?
I enjoy reading. Before I’ve ever heard of this journal I was using a simple notebook to jot down notes, any thoughts I have of the book, and of the quotes I enjoy from it. I wanted to properly document the books I read and I thought a journal specifically designed to do this would be the answer.
However, it wasn’t.
Why did I stop using my Books Passion Journal?
- There was not enough room to write. I write pretty small. I have gotten in trouble in school about how small my handwriting is and I still find the space on the specific alphabet page lacking. If you have a bigger handwriting, you will end up writing the rest of what you need to write on the empty pages in the back of the journal.
- There were unnecessary items to fill out. Although certain areas would be helpful to other book lovers, I personally only needed to remember the title and author of the book, when I read it, my favourite quotes, and my opinions about the whole story/novel.
- There weren’t enough allocated pages per letter. As much I appreciate Moleskine for assigning pages to a letter of the alphabet, I don’t think 3 pages— allows 6 books in total—would be enough. On other circumstances however, 3 pages would probably have been too much. In one journal / notebook, that’s either a lot of unused pages, or not enough.
To sum this up, you won’t necessarily need the Books Passion Journal. I personally prefer a regular notebook now over this as it gives me more control on how I document what I read. Sure, the books I read won’t be automatically arranged alphabetically, and the documentation might not always look uniform but I can live with that.