How are you?
Today I wanted to talk to you about something that I have started this year, and I am loving, it’s called a commonplace journal.
Commonplace books (or commonplaces) are a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. They have been kept from antiquity, and were kept particularly during the Renaissance and in the nineteenth century. Such books are essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas.
I use mine a little less than I probably should, and I wish I used mine to record my life just like some other people do, but I more often than not, just use mine to record some of my favourite quotes. However, this comes in super useful for reading books! Above is my cover, I am really into making things look pretty so i added some things and then covered it with a clear book covering! And following this, is my ‘opening’ page. I just wanted to put down what year it was, and some quotes that I want the year to go for me.
So, you might be thinking, how can I use this as a reader? Well let me show you! The first book I used for this, was IF WE WERE VILLAINS! I don’t plan on using this for every book I read, nor even majority. I think books that I can feel will be a 5 star rating. So things like ‘the dream thieves’ ‘Vicious’ and ‘King of Thorns’. The idea is you write down any quotes you like, and use different fonts and directions to make the whole page look like an art piece.
& here is the next full spread I did not about a book, just about random quotes I enjoyed. Overall I find this to be a super relaxing to just find a way to solidify your love for a book in a way you can look back on it.
All in all, this is a super easy thing to do. All you need is a book, and some pens. I tend to put a few stickers on the spread, and then over the next few weeks I’ll slowly fill the page up with quotes just using my black pens. As you can see I don’t have the nicest writing, and I don’t mind that honestly. Once all the different fonts are together, I find it kind of just all blends in.
So, do you do anything like this? Do you write your favourite quotes down anywhere? Tell me below!