A Good Book is the Best of Friends:
A Reader's Journal

by Robin Doak


Hyperion, 2001. ISBN 0786867191.
Reviewed by Maggie Knorr
Posted on 06/27/2001

Nonfiction: Creative Life

I have been looking for a quality journal to keep notes on the books that I read, and now I've found it! Two years ago I bought a Book Reader's Journal, and it ended up being blank pages for me to list books I've read and books I want to read. It was very disappointing.

A Good Book is the Best of Friends is not disappointing. There is space to review 25 books. This journal acts as a collection of book reviews and provides some space to provide some history about the books you've read. You are prompted to list title, author, genre, publication date, place of purchase, who recommended it to you, who you've recommended it to, whether you received it as a gift and from who, why you chose to read the book, favourite characters, why you would or would not read other books by the same author, when you lent it out, when you got it back, notes and how you would rate the book. The author gives a rating system to use (1-5 stars) when filling out information on a book you've read and tips on things to record about the book as you're reading it. She also provides prompts for you to think and write about as you read a book of fiction or non-fiction. She also includes some suggestions for book group members.

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