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I’m a sucker for a journal, whether it’s blank for your own thoughts or guided to help you make sense of your life. I especially love using them to set goals and record precious memories, whether it’s in my bullet journal or something a bit more special. And Abrams & Chronicle own the ‘bit more special’ genre. Check out these recent releases.
Last year, Chronicle Books launched a Studio Ghibli collection. I’ve got a soft spot for Totoro and have previously reviewed the notecards, postcards and Catbus journal. I only have to look over at them on my desk and start smiling – I can’t wait to introduce Jenson to My Neighbour Totoro.
The Totoro journal is by far the cutest of the bunch. With a plush, embroidered cover, colourful illustrations on the front and back pages, plus monochrome illustrations throughout, it really is one of the most adorable journals I’ve ever owned.
It comes with a protective removable sleeve (that cover is so precious!) and 96 lined pages.
It’s a frustration of mine that so many guided journals are quite feminine in their design. Everyone knows about the benefits of journaling, reflecting and goal setting, and publishers have been missing a trick by not catering to male audiences.
The new 99 Things I Want to Do journal is fantastic because it’s not at all restrictive in terms of gender or age. It’s the kind of thing I could complete, or gift to my nephew or an older friend. Perfect.
It’s really beautifully designed, with prompts for everything ranging from books to read, trips to take, projects to complete, seasonal bucket lists, gratitude and more.
Last year, Chronicle Books published Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount. It’s the ultimate love letter to books, highlighting the best bookshops around the world, bookshop cats, overlooked classics, writing spaces, and so many recommendations that you’ll need an entire library just to house your new TBR.
This year they’ve expanded the collection with notecards, notebooks, and now a Reader’s Journal. Filled with more wonderful illustrations by Jane, its 128 pages are filled with templates for recording your reading habits, as well as that all-important TBR, notes of inspiration, and some top recommendations. What more could a bookworm want?
It’s beautifully presented, with a hardcover and ribbon marker; truly stunning.
Has anything caught your eye?