Tuesday, April 27, 2010

T2T (Review + Interview + Contest): Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens: A Reading Journal for Young Adult Book Lovers

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Title: Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens: A Reading Journal for Young Adult Book Lovers
Author: Rachelle Knight
Amount of Pages: 345
Publisher: Sourcebooks Inc.
Release Year: 2010
Originally Published: 2008 (Bibliopages)
Geared Towards: YA LOVERS :D

"We bibliophiles (book lovers) need to gather books. We can't deny it-and we shouldn't try. And who among us can resist a good annoted list?"

Summary (From Amazon): This journal leads you on a personal journey through the best loved and most highly acclaimed fiction and literature of all times. This 236-page spiral bound journal encourages you to read and interact with the greatest and most intriguing books and establish intimate relationships with your favorite writers and fellow book lovers.

*Discover literary prize winners from 1919 to now.
*Peruse several "Best Book" lists, all with columns to indicate books read, to read and books to buy.
*Jot down notes about your favorite writers.
*Create your very own personal "To Read" list.
*Keep a detailed record of what you've read.
*Journal your thoughts, feelings, and insights about each book.
*Record a list of books you would recommend and readers you would recommend them to.
*Track books you have borrowed and loaned.

By engaging more intimately with the books you read and share with others, you become as closely bound to the pages as the pages are bound to one another. Read, Remember, Recommend enhances the reading experience and makes each book you encounter an integral part of who you are.

Wdebo's Review: I have never had a book journal before, or anybook that suggested books, so I was very excited to be able to "review" RRR. RRR is such a wonderful resource for YA lovers and just book lovers in general. I was going through all of the titles and all I could think was, "Oh my god, I haven't read so many books." All of the books are divided into sections, which is nice, now my new personal goal is to be able to read at least one book from each section.

There is also a little creativity in the back, blank spaces in which you can write down books you've loaned out (as a stingy-book-horder...that's nice :) ) and books you've read and places to jot down your thoughts. One of the reasons I started my book blog was to be able to rememeber all of the books I've read and my thoughts on them, and so RRR will be the same thing, I just don't need internet access to access it :D

Also, it is very well organized and the tabs look cool and professional.

Cafe Cover Chat: Nice cover, I think it's kinda cute looking (B+)

All in all, a great reasource that is sure to sit on my bedside table for a long time.

Grade: A-

Now we have an interview with the wonderful Rachelle Knight, enjoy!
Wdebo: Please describe yourself with three adjectives.
Rachelle: A creative, messy dreamer!

W: Please describe a typical day.
R: First thing is rushing around getting my little boy ready for school: making chocolate milk, finding socks and something amazing for show-n-tell, packing a lunch, and creating "Wolverine" spikes in his short hair with gel (who would have known?). After getting him to school my three year old little boy and I have breakfast and then we both 'check our email'. He has his own computer, which allows me to work on my blog and other journals. We have playtime together which is mostly playing Indiana Jones - I follow him around our house with a Nerf gun shooting bad guys. In the afternoon we pick up my five year old from school and then participate in a myriad of lessons: karate, swimming and soccer. After dinner, we watch "Monster Buster Club" and "Johnny Test" on Disney as a family and then when my boys are in bed, I read for at least two hours - in a bubble bath and bed. The best part of my day!
W: Why did you decide to write Read, Recommend, Remember?
R: My inspiration for creating the journal came from a cluttered purse full of reading suggestions on scraps of paper - a lot of which were books I learned about from following award and notable lists. When I set out to buy a journal to keep these suggestions organized, nothing existed that provided the awards and notable lists nor places to kept track of everything I wanted to buy and recommend to others. In addition, as a book club member, I was always looking for ways to keep my thoughts and discussion points about reading available for discussing. The Read, Remember, Recommend journal was the marriage of both needs

W: What did you do to compile all of the books? Did you have to do a lot of research?
R: I researched through the internet almost exclusively. There are a few sites available that have fairly comprehensive lists of lists, but for the most part each of these were found individually. I became an expert at Google search! I am a computer programmer, so I created a database and wrote a program to take in all the data and perform the cross-referencing of the awards. This made it easier to keep all the data together.

W: What is your favorite color?
R: Green!

W: If you were stranded on an island and could only bring five things what would they be?
1. Flint. I have watched enough "Survivor" episodes to be proficient at starting a fire!
2. Fishing gear - a girl's gotta have something to put on that fire.
3. A tarp. Again, too much "Survivor" watching.
4. A toothbrush. Enough said. :)
5. Pictures of my sweet baby boys (ages 3 and 5) - oh, and my hubby!

W: Are you working on another project now? And if so, could you tell us a little bit about it?

R: I am currently working on my blog everyday - as you know, it is a lot of work! I post my own journal entries, spotlights on award and notable lists, spotlights on other book blogs, and any other book related stuff that catches my eye.

I am also working on a mystery and romance version of the journals. I am hoping to complete the series with science fiction/fantasy, tween, children's and nonfiction versions.

W: Who are some of your favorite authors ever?
Cormac McCarthy
Barbara Kingsolver
Toni Morrison
Stephen King

W: Yeah!! Love Stephen King :) What is your FAVORITE book in the world?
R: My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok.

W: Do you have anything else you would like to add?
R: I would love feedback on the journals. If you are using the teen journal and have questions, comments or suggestions, I would love to hear from you! Email me at: suggestions@bibliobabe.com
W: Thanks so much for lettting me interview you!
Hope you enjoyed! And please remember to support RRR and join the contest for your chance to win the journal!
Wdebo :)


  1. visiting via Bibliobabe. I enjoyed the questions that you asked of Rachelle.

  2. Thanks for visiting, and thank you! :)


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