A book store feels like home to me

This is a post from our sister blog’s (beingthebestyoucanbeblog) section on where feels like home for people and we thought it was also relevant for this blog. 

After reading previous posts about where feels like home for them, it got me thinking of where that was for me. My first instinct was my children and grandchildren and of course they are. However, when I’m not with them and I allow myself to be me then I’ve realised my home is in any book store. Continue reading “A book store feels like home to me”

Calling all avid readers

There are lots of people out there who are avid book readers, many of our group of bloggers certainly are and we often pass books around amongst us and chat about them later or refer each other to read books we have loved. If we do that then we’re sure there are many more people out there who would love to express their thoughts on their favourite books too.    


So why not get involved and get your thoughts posted here? Here’s how you can do it:

Get in touch: we can be contacted through the form below or via twitter: beingthebest@AlisonGeorge23 (for now although we may in the future set up a twitter account for this blog). Let us know which book you have enjoyed or been effected by in some way.

Write a short review: tell us why you enjoyed the book and why you feel it is worth promoting through this blog. Include a short summary of what it is about. 

Recommend: We are aware that not everyone will wish to write a review but may wish to simply recommend a book to us so we can read it and review it and we are happy to do that. 

So go for it, get in touch and share your book reviews or recommendations with us.

Do you keep a book journal?

For many years now I’ve kept track of the books I read each year. It started out as a way of counting how many I could read in a year and then a competitive way of seeing if the total could be higher the following year. I would list them month by month, adding in the date I finished the book and any thoughts or quotes I wanted to remember. Then when I lived abroad, it was a way of sharing something with friends and family as I would tell them about the books I’d read in some of the group emails I sent home. For the last few years, I didn’t keep track of my reading in any way which I missed especially as I know I read some great books but now can’t remember their titles.  

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Keeping record of your reads is easy and doesn’t take too much time to do but it can offer many benefits. You can look back over the year and see at a glance what you learnt, where your mind was and what new areas you explored. Sometimes it’s only when you look back on all the reads whether it be on a monthly basis or for longer, that you can see where your subconscious was leading you. For example, I found that over a 6 month period, my reading consisted of personal and self development books, however if someone had asked me about my focus, I wouldn’t have necessarily noticed that aspect of it.

My journal has progressed from being a notebook and pen to now being something I type up on my laptop and add the books as soon as I finish them so that I can remember what I loved or disliked and I can keep a record of the quotes I enjoyed in the books and why they resonated with me.

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The busy months jump out immediately as there will only be a couple of listings whereas the months where great learning and exploration has taken place are also clear to me at a glance.

Do you keep a book journal? Why is it important to you? What do you learn about yourself?