From a random review:

Get new posts by email:

Note: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Navigate the site:
Click here for a complete list of books reviewed or select below:
Search the site:
The ratings:
5 stars  excellent
4 stars  very good
3 stars  good
2 stars  fair
1 stars  poor

Blog stats:

About the blogger:
Debra Hamel is the mother of two preternaturally attractive girls and the author of a number of books about ancient Greece. She writes and blogs from her subterranean lair in North Haven, CT. Read more.


Books by Debra Hamel:

THE BATTLE OF ARGINUSAE :
VICTORY AT SEA AND ITS TRAGIC AFTERMATH IN THE FINAL YEARS OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR
By Debra Hamel


Kindle | paperback (US)
Kindle | paperback (UK)

KILLING ERATOSTHENES:
A TRUE CRIME STORY
FROM ANCIENT ATHENS
By Debra Hamel


Kindle | paperback (US)
Kindle | paperback (UK)

READING HERODOTUS:
A GUIDED TOUR THROUGH THE WILD BOARS, DANCING SUITORS, AND CRAZY TYRANTS OF THE HISTORY
By Debra Hamel


paperback | Kindle | hardcover (US)
paperback | hardcover (UK)

THE MUTILATION OF THE HERMS:
UNPACKING AN ANCIENT MYSTERY
By Debra Hamel


Kindle | paperback (US)
Kindle | paperback (UK)

TRYING NEAIRA:
THE TRUE STORY OF A COURTESAN'S SCANDALOUS LIFE IN ANCIENT GREECE
By Debra Hamel


paperback | hardcover (US)
paperback | hardcover (UK)

SOCRATES AT WAR:
THE MILITARY HEROICS OF AN ICONIC INTELLECTUAL
By Debra Hamel


Kindle (US) | Kindle (UK)

ANCIENT GREEKS IN DRAG:
THE LIBERATION OF THEBES AND OTHER ACTS OF HEROIC TRANSVESTISM
By Debra Hamel


Kindle (US) | Kindle (UK)

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY TWEET:
FIVE HUNDRED 1ST LINES IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS
By Debra Hamel


Kindle | paperback (US)
Kindle | paperback (UK)

PRISONERS OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR
By Debra Hamel


Kindle (US) | Kindle (UK)





Book-blog.com by Debra Hamel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial - No Derivative Works 3.0 License.


  Previous post:   Wolitzer, Meg: The Wife  
  Next post:   Brown, Dan: The DaVinci Code  


[no author]: Reader's Journal

  Amazon  

3 stars

This would be my clear favorite of the two diaries (see my review of A Book Lover's Journal) were it not that so much of the book is wasted on useless material. This is a great pity, as it is an attractive little book. Spiral bound, with a band attached to the back that can be stretched around to close the book. There are five tab-delineated sections:

(1) Book Register. Very attractively designed pages with the following fields: Title, Author, Published, Began Reading...Finished, Notes, Recommended to or Lent to, Rated. This is by far the most helpful section of the book, and the longest, but it is not long enough.

(2) Books to read. Twenty-eight pages with room for one recommended book per page. A lot  of room for comments on the book, but how many comments will one have for a book one hasn't yet read? Lots of wasted space here that would be better spent on section one.

(3) Reading group notes. Three pages for names and phone numbers, then just under twenty two-page entries for individual books. If you're not in a book group, you're out of luck.

(4) Book stores and services. An address book, with room for three entries per page, and 18 pages long. Who's going to have 54 bookstores they need to keep information for? This is a ridiculous use of space.

(5) Passages. Blank, lined pages for recording favorite passages. Which is okay.

The ideal reader's diary would be a combination of the two. The layout of Reader's Journal is nicer, and it's spiral bound, but too much space is wasted on stupid things. Still, depending on your specific needs, either of these little notebooks may fit the bill perfectly, and either, aesthetically pleasing as they are, would make a nice gift for the reader in your life.

Comments

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear on this weblog until the author has approved them.

If you have a TypeKey or TypePad account, please Sign In