2021 Reading Journal | General Spreads

2021 Reading Journal: General Spreads
2021 Reading Journal: General Spreads

Hi, everyone! Today, I wanted to start something new on my blog: a series on my reading journal for the year. I started my first reading journal last year and had a blast with it. After a year of experimenting to figure out what I liked and didn’t, I figured I would try my hand at making blog posts to show them off and maybe give others ideas! I will say that this is the first time I’ve photographed anything, and since my phone doesn’t have the best camera and I haven’t edited anything majorly before, the pictures might be a bit…not good, lol. I also don’t have a good place to take pictures that don’t have shadows visible. But I’ll be describing everything, so hopefully that’ll help!

For this post, I’m going to be focusing on the general spreads I have, spreads that span throughout the year or are just cute ones that I did in the beginning of the year that I liked. I hope y’all enjoy!

The "title" page of my reading journal. On the left side is a postcard glued in. It has "Read more books" in front of a mass of leaves, a fox looking up at them while sitting on a stack of books in the bottom left. Underneath the post card is orange washi tape layered on top of yellow washi tape. Cartoon fox stickers are stuck to the top left and bottom right corners of the post card.

On the right, in the middle, is space to put one's name. In black ink is "KAIT | SIXCROWSBOOKS". In the top left is a Pikachu sticker. In the top right is a sticker of Louise Belcher laughing evilly, fire blazing behind her. In the bottom left is a rainbow unicorn, and in the bottom right is a rainbow name tag that says, "Hello, I'm Gay".
Really love the chaos of this opening spread, tbh

This is the spread when you first open the journal! The postcard is from RedBubble (you can snag it here!) from when I had my Patreon — it was going to be a tier gift thing. Didn’t pan out, so I figured I’d use it here! I felt like the lil fox stickers and the washi tape added a lil color to it, too. I have no idea where those came from. They were gifts, I think, from my parents. Probably from Michael’s!

The Pikachu and Louise stickers were both gifts from my brother and sister-in-law. They gave me a bunch of stickers for Christmas. Aren’t they cute? As for the two gay stickers, I decided I needed to add a lil queer to my reading journal, lol. They were also from Michael’s, when they had a bunch of pride stuff last June or the June before.

A two-page spread, with 20 written in black ink on the left and 21 written the same way on the right. On both pages is a smeared gradient-like pattern of blue and purple. It looks like watercolor.
Look how pretty this turned out! I love it.

The year page! I love how this turned out. I first did the year in black ink (with a Micron pen, I believe) and left it at that. But then I felt like it was a little drab, so I decided to try something I found on Pinterest. I grabbed blue and purple Tombow brush pens and used them on a plastic sandwich baggie. Once that was done, I sprinkled a bit of water onto it and stirred it around to mix the two paints/inks. Afterwards, I then smeared it across the each of the pages, having to do the process again for the right page. I really love how it turned out! The colors didn’t blend as much as I wanted, but it’s still very pretty to me, and I’m glad I tried it out.

A 2-page spread. At the top in black ink, in cursive, is "Twenty-One Books to Read in 2021". There are two book stack stickers, one on the left page and one on the right page.

Below that is a list of 21 titles, with a space to check them off and indicate the dates they were read. The first one is already highlighted in a peach color, indicating it has been read.
Look, I already finished one this year!

Finally got on the bandwagon and doing a “[blank} books to read in 20[blank]” spread. I normally don’t like to do these types of lists, but I figured it’d be a good way to get my owned TBR down! I just wrote the title out in cursive across the two pages. The two stickers are, again, from a sticker pack that was a gift from my parents. I thought they looked cute, and they fit the space perfectly! Below, I wrote out twenty-one of the books I own that I want to make sure I get to throughout the year. Most of them are random books I’ve had on my shelves, but others are also ARCs that I’ve had for an embarrassing amount of time.

A 2-page spread. In the middle is "reading" on the left page and "goal" on the right page, both in boxes. There is a red, yellow, and orange water color-like pattern over both. Surrounding them are boxes with numbers in them, from 1 to 96. The first five boxes are colored in with red.
Here’s to hoping I can fill this whole thing up, lol.

I’m at it again with the pretty watercolor-esque designs! This time I used red, yellow, and orange for my reading goal spread, and I think I liked how this turned out more than the year page. It just looks very pretty to me. The number is a bit arbitrary — my official goal is 80 — but I wanted to push myself to read between 80 and 100, and 96 made it look even, lol. Also, I’m changing the colors every three rows: the first three will be red (as shown), the next three will be orange, and the final three (and more, if I need another row) will be yellow.

A 2-page spread. At the top, on the left page is "Bookish" and on the right page is "Goals", both in cursive purple ink. Surrounding them are hand drawn purple stars, as well as star, moon, and planet stickers. Below the title is a list of eight goals, four on each side. Next to each goal is either a moon with stars, a planet with rings, an asteroid, or a planet with no rings.
Ya know, for being my least favorite spread, I still think it looks alright.

I wanted to do a spread of my bookish goals for this year, but I didn’t really like how this turned out. I love the purple, the stars, and the stickers, but I don’t like how the title looks, and I hate the layout of it. (also? there may be a lot of spelling errors) But once I fulfill a goal, I’ll color in the corresponding planet/moon/asteroid, which I think will turn out really cute. I’m not sure what I’ll use to color them yet, though.

A 2-page spread. At the very top is a skinny band of rainbow washi tape across the two pages. Below that, in lowercase cursive black ink, is "general" on the left page and "tbr" on the right page, with swoops connecting them.

Right below the title, from left to right: a circle colored in purple with "library (physical)" next to it; a circle colored in blue with "library (audio)" next to it; a circle colored in green with "library (eBook)" next to it --- all on the left page. On the right page: a square colored in red with "owned (physical)" next to it; a square colored in orange with "owned (eBook) next to it; and an X with "DNF" next to it.

Below it are titles of books with their authors.
Don’t worry, my general TBR is larger than this!

I love having my TBRs separated by general, owned, and ARCs, and so I thought it’d be nice to have the whole list in my journal. I love the simplicity of it, and once I finish a book off this list (or DNF it!), I’ll color it in to match the key. If you can’t read it very well, from left to right, it’s: purple circle = physical copy from the library; blue circle = audio copy from the library; green circle = digital copy from the library; red square = owned physical copy; orange square = owned digital copy; X = DNF. This particular spread lasts for five and a quarter pages in total, with another two and three quarter pages left blank in case I need them.

A 2-page spread. At the very top is a skinny band of rainbow washi tape across the two pages. Below that, in lowercase cursive black ink, is "owned" on the left page and "tbr" on the right page, with swoops connecting them.

Right below the title, from left to right: a circle colored in purple with "physical" next to it; a circle colored in blue with "eBook" next to it; an X with "DNF" next to it; a triangle colored in with green with "re-read" next to it -- all on the left page. It is the same on the right page.

Below it are titles of books with their authors. Three of them have already been marked.
Very blurry picture of my owned TBR, but like…at least it’s here?

Basically the same format from my owned TBR, but it’s simple enough, which is why I chose not to change it up too much. As you can see, it’s…very blurry, but hopefully you still get the gist! The key is pretty much the same as well: purple circle is for physical books, blue circle is for digital books, “X” is for anything I DNF, and a green triangle is for any re-reads. I have two and a half pages in all of books I’m trying to read or re-read and about a page and a half left for any that I plan to buy this year. Since I’m on a buying ban through June, I don’t think I’ll be snagging a ton, which is why I don’t have a ton of space allocated.

A 2-page spread. At the very top is a skinny band of rainbow washi tape across the two pages. Below that, in lowercase cursive black ink, is "ARC / Review" on the left page and "Copies" on the right page, with swoops connecting them.

Right below the title, from left to right: a circle colored in purple with "physical" next to it; a circle colored in blue with "eARC" next to it; an X with "DNF" -- all on the left page. It is the same on the right page.

Below it are titles of books with their authors, their release date, and the date the book was received. Two of them have been crossed through.
Well, at least I’m not drowning in ARCs?

Here I have a spread for my ARCs/any review copies I receive! Again with the simple layout and the rainbow washi tape (which, by the way…I think was a gift? Most of the washi tape I have now is, lol). It has the same key as my owned TBR, minus the re-reads. I only have these two pages for the spread — I don’t see myself needing anymore space, especially since I deleted my NetGalley account.

A 2-page spread. On the very top is a reflective washi tape with pink, blue, white, red, and more colors shaped into small arrows pointing to the right.

On the left side, in small cursive writing, is "books to buy". Right underneath it is a purple square with "physical" next to it and a blue square with "eBook" next to it. Below that is a list of titles and their authors.

On the right, below the washi tape and in small cursive lettering is "video games to buy". Swirls connect the two titles. Below the title, are two squares. The red one had "Switch" next to it, and the orange one had "PS4" next to it. Below that were titles of video games, two of which already with orange squares next to them.
My two favorite hobbies, books and video games.

I like to keep track of the books I want to buy — nowadays, unless I have a gift card or it’s super cheap, most of the books I buy are ones I’ve already read and see myself in re-reading in the future. Basically any favorites, new or old. Now that I have a PS4 and Switch (and hopefully time to play them), I’m hoping to play them more often, and I’ve set up a list of ones I want to try out, too. It’s just the one page each for these, too. I don’t find myself buying a ton of books, or wanting to buy a ton of them, and I’m pretty picky about what games to buy.

A 2-page spread. At the very top is a skinny band of washi tape with pencils across the two pages. Below that, in lowercase cursive black ink, is "massive leftist" on the left page and "reading list" on the right page, with swoops connecting them.

Right below the title, from left to right: a circle colored in purple with "library (physical)" next to it; a circle colored in blue with "library (audio)" next to it; a circle colored in green with "library (eBook)" next to it --- all on the left page. On the right page: a square colored in red with "owned (physical)" next to it; a square colored in orange with "owned (eBook) next to it; and an X with "DNF" next to it; and a triangle colored in yellow with "online" next to it.

Below it are titles of books with their authors.
Y’all there’s…so many to read. So much to learn. I’m hyped.

So this spread is based on a Google doc from someone on Twitter. It’s basically a master document of all sorts of leftist texts, books, online resources, documentaries, and more. I skimmed through and copied down all the books, and I’ll pull from it throughout the year to read from because leftist theory is something that I’m personally super interested in. I have about six and a half pages worth of titles, and two more blank pages. Problem is, the books I have so far aren’t even half of what’s in the Google doc. But, I guess that’s not a bad thing — it’s not like I’ll be able to read through all of these this year, lol. The key is basically the same as the one for my general TBR, except there is an added yellow triangle that stands for any online resources I read.

A 1-page spread. At the top in cursive lowercase letters is "video games I own". Right underneath is a line of four columns, from left to right: TITLE; CONSOLE; DATES PLAYED; and RATING. Below that, there are titles of video games with the console they are on. Every other line is lined in yellow highlighter.
I am absolutely overwhelmed with all of these.

And this is another spread I did after I became overwhelmed with all the games I have, not only for my Switch, but also all the games my boyfriend left on his PS4 when he gave it to me. I…may have also bought a few more, lol. To try and keep track of them, I made this spread so I’m more cognizant of what I have yet to play and to help me keep track of how long it’s taking me to play something. I tend to play something for two days straight and then not touch it for two months. For the yellow, I used a Zebra Mildliner!

And that’s it for today! Comment below if you’re doing your own reading journal or if you have any specific books you plan on reading this year!

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