This year I started my Christmas CCR (Christian contemporary romance) reading early to have books ready to discuss on our StoryChats @ InspyRomance podcast/YouTube. My usual process is to write a book recommendation after I read each book and schedule the post on my blog. When I’m reading a book for a StoryChats spotlight episode with the author, I’ll write notes in my phone on different story points that could form the basis for an author interview question.
The last quarter of our StoryChats recording schedule was tight. We recorded three months of episodes in five weeks. The tight schedule changed the usual rhythm of how I read, write a recommendation, and schedule a blog post. I was reading fast, taking notes on the story, and moving onto the next book. I also read non-CCR books as part of my reading marathon.
To change things up, I decided to create my own electronic Christmas Reading Journal that would form the foundation for StoryChats discussions and my Christmas blog post book recommendations. I used my Apple pencil with my iPad because I’m a ‘learn as I write’ person. The story context sticks longer in my brain if my notes are handwritten rather than an obscure typed note in my phone. I fell behind on writing and uploading my Christmas book recommendation blog posts, but I had my Christmas Reading Journal pages to rescue me and refresh my memory.
I thought I’d share a few pages from my Christmas Reading Journal for books by Inspy Romance authors that were mentioned or discussed on StoryChats. I hope you can read my handwriting (I’ll add a link to each blog post, just in case…). I’ll blog my full 2023 Christmas Reading Journal soon in my countdown to Christmas posts.