Thursday, January 19, 2012

What's Cool at the Book Store

The book store is an appealing place for more than just books these days. After I browse through the novels, I crave a scone and hot cocoa from the cafe while I peruse the gift aisles.

What's cool at the book store this month? Journals.

Journals used to be kind of boring. I wrote in several as a teen, but they were mostly plain blue, brown, white, or red - with the word "Journal" written in gold calligraphy on the front.

At the time, they were appreciated, I promise. But now, when I take a trip to the bookstore, I am amazed at the variety of unique journals and notebooks.

Take a look at these beauties...













I found the journals in this post at Barnes and Noble.

Maybe I'll start a collection. Do you write regularly in a journal?

13 comments:

J. A. Bennett said...

So pretty! My husband bought me a journal with art by Greg Olsen on the front, I LOVE it! BTW, I gave you an award ;)

Charlie said...

I absolutely love those journals! I have found my own little pieces of art at Barnes and Noble as well. I do regularly journal - it's a way to keep my mind in check. Do you journal?

Beth said...

These are all beautiful. I prefer to write in simple spiral notebooks. It makes me feel like my first draft words are okay!

Crystal Cook said...

I am such a sucker for a pretty journal. I do the same as you and go get a hot cocoa and then gaze longingly at all those pretty notebooks! I've had my eye on a pink moleskin one for like ever. :))) We still need to meet up at B & N sometime.

Loree Huebner said...

Thanks for sharing. I've seen a lot of cool journals lately. Homemade covers are also popular.

Julie said...

This is funny, as I was just at the book store the other night, and I was totally taken by the journals available. I don't write in one, but these were so beautiful they made me want to start! I love browsing around book stores for all the different goodies available, definitely one of my favorite hobbies. :)

Kim said...

I've always been a journal keeper. Two years ago I switched to writing them electronically. I miss the feel of the book in my hands, but I write more regularly, and am not embarrassed later by silly type-o's or sloppy handwriting.

It doesn't matter whether you type them or use the good old fashioned paper and pen, just that you actually write your history!!! It is so important, because no matter how good you think you will remember things, it's just not possible to remember it all.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

I have a hard time writing in my journal. I know I should, but after writing all day, I find it hard to sit down and write something personal. But I know I should. I usually update my journal once a year, but I think it's been a little longer than that. This is a good reminder.

KarenG said...

I write so much in a journal that I make my own. I'd go broke buying the fancy ones. It's my therapy.

Leslie Rose said...

I always buy my daughter a new journal every Christmas. I had a blast looking through the possibilities this year. I went with peace signs.

Claudia Del Balso said...

I recently bought a cute journal with the photo of a cat done in sepia. I haven't written anything yet. I'm still debating wether to use it for new stories or for workshops. And yes, you're right, bookstores nowadays offer more than books.

Carolyn V said...

I need to write more in my journal. I'm a slacker when it comes to writing in my own life.

Inger said...

When I wrote journals, before blogging, I always felt inspired by the really pretty ones, much like the ones you displayed.