Gifts Spotlight: Journals

Article by Ulrika

There are many uses for what we affectionately call a journal. I, for one, have and continue to use a journal for logging notes, keeping track of my orders for the store, and occasionally trying (without much success) to use a guided journal. Many people have very strong feelings about the uses for their journal: To some, it is the keeper of all things personal. To others, it is the place they list the books they have read and for others a place to list favorite new restaurants. Not only is what you put in your journal important but also what type of journal you use: plain, ruled, graphic, dotted (for those who love to bullet journal), soft cover, hard cover, when it opens does it lay flat, etc. Some people keep one journal until they fill it before buying another and others have a drawer full of them because you never know when you might need it. I fall into the second category which, depending on whom you ask, might be a bit of a problem.

This month, to highlight my love of all things journal, we are going to feature a section of journals I people have really strong feelings about: the guided journal from San Francisco Writers' Grotto and Po Bronson, Moorea Seal, and Nicole LaRue and Naomi Davis Lee.

Each of these guided journals are structured for listing items or small thoughts more than writing long sentences, simply from the prompts you are given. If you are a person that doesn’t use a journal for journaling then this isn’t a bad place to start.

San Francisco Writers’ Grotto is known for their 642 Things journals that range from 642 THINGS TO WRITE ABOUT to 642 THINGS TO DRAW. The format of this journal is just as fun as the prompts on each page. There are a variety of ways that the prompts are formatted, from the page being divided into four, with mini prompts, to writing a scene about your weirdest family member. This is a great way to remember things that time has forgotten, or for jotting down things that you never really thought were important.

642 Things to Write Journal Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781452105444
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - April 11th, 2012

642 Things to Draw: Journal Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811876445
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - September 1st, 2010

For those who want a weekly list guided journal for insight about yourself, Moorea Seal’s 52 LISTS FOR HAPPINESS is the way to go. Last year, we carried her 52 LIST PROJECT, which had been gifted to me from a friend. One of the many responses was that you had a week to fill out the prompt, and you are just listing items. Again, as a person who only uses a journal for note taking, this gives someone an opportunity to make a list from the prompt a week before you move on to the next one.


52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781632170965
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Sasquatch Books - September 20th, 2016

The 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781632170347
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Sasquatch Books - September 8th, 2015

Working in a bookstore and working with several of our Kids Specialists, I wanted to find something that would fit between the guided journals for adults and the ones we carry for Middle Grade kids. What I discovered was WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW. One of the main things that drew me to this guided journal, outside of the quirky prompts, was that it created a place where you could draw, explore and really have some fun with the journal, all while being creative.


Write Here, Write Now Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781452129396
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - August 18th, 2015

I know that there are strong feelings on the topic of guided journals and their place in the world of journalling, but with all of the choices out there, this is just a sample of what is available.


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