On my bedside table, I have three books that I use on a daily basis. One I use in the morning, one I use at night, and the other one I use throughout the day. The first book is the Dream Journal by Knock Knock, the second one is the Q and A a Day: 5 Year Journal by Potter Style, and finally the third one is the Sprinkle of Glitter Diary 2016 by Louise Pentland. I really hope you enjoy reading my review of these three books and what I use them for.
1. Dream Journal by Knock Knock (£10.96)
This Dream Journal was suggested by Zoella (Zoe Sugg), and what sold me was how it wasn’t just a couple of blank pages for you to write your dreams in. The first few pages of the book are tips on how to use the book, for example, you should keep the book on your bedside table (which I have done) with a pen or pencil and you should write in it immediately after waking up. This of course took a bit of time to get used to, not to jump out of bed straight away and forget about your dream. The rest of the book is just pages of places for you to record your dreams. All the pages are the same, except for the different illustrations realating to dreams on each top right hand corner like unicorns, teeth, and hot air balloons. It also comes with a ribbon bookmark so you can get straight to writing your dream without forgetting it, instead of spending a lot of time trying to find the page to write on. There are two pages per dream for you to write on. On the page on the left hand side, you need to write the date of when you dreamt the dream, and the title (you can make this up). Next, you’re meant to write down what happened in the dream. Then, you have to tick whether it was a nightmare, fantasy, symbolic, mundane, or just plain biazarre. Then you are asked “What was the prevailing emotion?” and there are 15 choices for you to tick such as: fear, joy, frustration, surprise, confusion…etc. There is also a choice for you to write your own emotion if what you wanted to tick wasn’t there. Then you are asked “Have you dreamed this dream before?”, to which you can answer with either yes, no, maybe so, I wish, or once was enough, thanks. On the page on the right hand side is where you are asked “How would you draw it?” and you are given a box for you to draw your dream, and then you can tick how you feel about the drawing. Finally, you can reflect. You are asked “What’s your interpretation?” and then you can write your answer and tick either: significant, insignificant, re-examine later, or dream understood. I think this is a great book for you if you find that you have difficulty remembering your dreams.
2. Q and A a Day: 5 Year Journal by Potter Style (£13.79)
Out of all three, this book is of course my favourite. It was the one I was most looking forward to receiving and I absolutely love writing in this every night. The purpose of this book is for you to write down an answer everyday, for example, “Write the first sentence of your autobiography” or “What are you chasing at this moment”. On each page written there will be the date, one question, and five blank places for you to write your answers. Next to each blank space is written “20__”. That is for you write either 16, 17, 18, or whatever year you are writing in. For example, I will put down 16, as I’m writing in 2016. Then I will answer the question. The next day I will answer the question on the next page, and continue to do this until I get to June 9th 2017 (I bought the book on June 9th 2016). Instead of writing 2016, I will write 2017. Since on that exact same day a year earlier I had answered that question, you can see how your answer has changed. Over the 5 years you can see how your answers have changed and how you have grown as a person which I think is amazing to write in now, and to look back on in the future.
3. Sprinkle of Glitter Diary 2016 by Louise Pentland (£4)
This diary was written by Louise Pentland (Sprinkle of Glitter), and when she announced she was releasing a 2016 diary, I immediatley went on Amazon and added it to my basket. It’s definetly not your regular diary. On the right page could be either a recepie, a summer holiday checklist, or even a motivation page, and on the left page is your days of the week strating from Monday to Sunday. Every week I look forward to seeing what will be written on the right page. It’s also not one of those big, thick diaries that don’t fit in any bag, it’s a decent size and surprisingly, very thin which means it can fit in most of my bags and backpacks. Definitely my favourite diary I have used so far.
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