So immediately, to make a long story short, we chatted a bit and invited her over for an interview!
(BBB): Why Journals?
(RK): I felt that a journal was a perfect medium to keep track of all of my reading 'stuff'. I had several places I was previously using, but it was
all jumbled and messy. I also used ‘online’ journals which are great for certain settings but not as convenient as pulling a journal from my purse. One journal now keeps all my reading resources together and compliments my other activities (e.g. blogging, goodreads, etc)!
(BBB): Do you regularly journal?
(RK): Yes! I have two little boys and a busy schedule. My brain is always a little frazzled and if I didn't write it down enough, I would forget my name! So, book journaling for me is a must. I wouldn't be able to remember what I have read, let alone what I thought of a book (besides mundane "I liked it" comments) if I didn't journal. I love to look back at all the books I've read and the quotes I jot down. That is my favorite part of journaling - seeing where my adventures have taken me. It's nice to have my book handy to offer suggestions when someone asks and I am a great participant in my book club meetings now that I record my thoughts in my journal.
(BBB): How did you come up with mixing reading and journalling?
(RK): In the past I did not keep a journal. The disorganization of my reading life is what prompted the creation of the Read, Remember, Recommend journals (necessity is the mother of invention!). I am a passionate reader and my reading time is very valuable to me. Therefore, I am picky about what I read and am always on the hunt for great suggestions. In the past I kept these suggestions on anything close at hand; old receipts, magazine inserts, bills, etc and printouts of award and notable lists. When I made time to visit a bookstore I ended up searching a very messy purse for my long researched suggestions. Also, when I joined my book club, I noticed that when I was at the meetings, all of my opinions and thoughts were lost. While reading the current selection I had amazing (IMHO) observations and points to discuss with the group - but when the time came I couldn't remember what was so important. So, I set out to buy a journal that would house all of my reading needs. I quickly discovered there was nothing like it on the market and created my own - in Microsoft Word. It wasn't pretty, but fit the bill - and the members of my book club loved it.
(BBB): Do you use your own journals personally?
(RK): I do. My journal is always by my side, along with my current read. I don't travel without it and can't go to sleep without making sure I am caught up with my current book in the journaling section. It has helped keep my reading life organized, and now I am never without a great suggestion to give someone else and I always know what I am going to read next. I take my journal to my book club meetings to share my thoughts and opinions of our current selection.
(BBB): Whats your favorite genre to read?
(RK): I enjoy contemporary fiction and the classics. I dabble quite a bit in young adult and some mysteries, but my absolute favorite is general fiction.
(BBB): Fav authors?
(RK): Barbara Kingsolver
(BBB): Do you have a fav book? or multiple fav books?
(RK): Lots of favorites! I'm not sure I could ever choose just one. Here is a list of my most loved:
(BBB): Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.
The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins
Charms for the Easy Life, by Kaye Gibbons
My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok
The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett.
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
The Hearts of Horses, by Molly Gloss
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest, by Stieg Larsson.
(BBB): Are you working on other journals or books in the future?
(RK): I am working on Romance, Mystery and Nonfiction versions of the journals and am hoping to continue with Science Fiction/ Fantasy, Tween and a Children's version. I would love to complete the whole series and offer a journal for every kind of reader,
(BBB): Tell us a bit about your self-publishing adventure.
(RK): My journey from publishing my book myself to traditional publication with Sourcebooks has been an amazing, exciting experience. When I first created the journal, I didn't think to pursue a traditional publication route. I love projects and challenges and wanted to experience creating the journals from every angle. I started a small publishing company, Bibliopages, found a way to print in China (the format of the books made it too expensive to print domestically), set up a website and went to a few bookseller tradeshows. The sales of my journals was very grass-roots: I did all of the publicity, marketing and sales myself - and shipped boxes from my basement. After I created the teen journal, the volume of these tasks was too much. I wanted to continue on with journals for other genres, but wearing all of the hats of a business didn't allow time to do what I was best at - creating. So, I found a wonderful agent who in turn found me a wonderful publisher. Now, I can concentrate on the task I started and most enjoy; researching great books to read!
(BBB): Please share with us some of your favorite parts of both of the journals.
(RK): The lists! I am a very picky reader and rely almost exclusively on award and notable lists for recommendations. I find the lists to be the reliable and consistent source for picking great titles. My reading time is so important to me (and a little scarce) that I like to make the most of it by reading really quality literature. The organizations, publications and individuals who award books (and deem some of these classics) are charged with pouring through a huge expanse of literature to come up with what they think is the best. As a result, readers are left with the 'cream of the crop' to choose from each year. These organizations take the work out of searching for wonderful works of literature and introduce readers to great new works and authors. If readers don't take advantage of these lists, they are missing out on the best the world of literature has to offer.
(BBB): Thanks for joining us today!
I adore these journals, one is for teens, and one for adults, I have just started to use them and they are amazing. You must get one, I already ordered some and sent them to my sisters. Once I use them a bit more I will post an official review. You can go HERE for information about purchasing and definitely stop by Rachelle Knight's website. She has some great books and links to some awesome blogs and challenges!
Want to win a copy of Read, Remember, Recommend by Rachelle Rogers Knight, leave a comment for Rachelle about books, journalling, a question, whatever. Include an email address. Open to international, ends 25 Apr.
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