This week is banned books week and I would be remiss if I did not do a post about it. Books have the ability to change the world, so of course that comes with controversy.
There is only one book that I have DNF'ed due to inappropriate constant rather than bad writing. It is Clockwork Orange. I know all the bad stuff was the point, but I felt horrible reading the novel, and there is a scene where he was with two little girls that made me want to vomit. I put the book down and refuse to pick it up again. If my children were assigned to read it in school then I would advocate for them to have another book assigned.
As a parent I have that right. However, I do not get to tell my children to not read that book when they are adults. I do not get to tell other people that they cannot read that book, or that other students do not get to read that book. Many people have read Clockwork Orange knowing the point of the book is about all the horrible stuff that I could not stomach.
Books open up new worlds. They start new conversations and add to ongoing conversations. Everyone who writes a book has something to say - that is kind of the point. I find the irony of the banned books list that I have found - they lack diversity. It is like books that are in English about other cultures are not even on the radar of people who are banning books. Which I think says something very important.
Here are ten banned books that I have read - and why I guess people wanted to ban them.
I am at 99 books for the year.
Yes that is one book (actually less then 30 minutes) away from reaching my goal of 100 books for the year. It is not even August yet.
This has taught me one very valuable lesson for next year.
I want to read everything and I want to have read it all yesterday. Yet looking back I see so many books that really were not worth the time I put into reading them. I feel horrible saying it, but it is true.
There are so many wonderful books to read that I do not have to try to rush through all the junk to get to the gems. My goal for the rest of the year is to reach out for the books worth reading.
It is ironic that I am saying this on the verge of the N.E.W.T.s Reading Challenge. I have 15 books planned to read in the month of August. Looking at all of them I can tell you that there may be a few adjustments. I plan to allow myself to start "DNF," or not finishing, books that are not grabbing me.
I started this adjustment with Girl Fights Back. The writing had promise, but when the plot became ridiculous I just could not finish. I then finished Peak (I still need to write a review) that is a life changing book on the psychology of expertise. I highly recommend this book! I finished out the week finishing up a book for work called Degrees That Matter a book about measuring learning in higher education.
I have been using a "bullet" journal for many years now. I started with paper and then moved over to using an iPad exclusively. I started by using Notability, but I moved over to GoodNotes shortly after. I love how GoodNotes uses specific journals and allows me to organize them.
I create a new journal every month. This allows me to not get bored and allows me to make edits for changes for things that did not work the month before. I create the journal in Keynote on my iPad and then transfer it over to GoodNotes for use.
These pictures were taken from the document in Keynote.
The first page in my bullet journal is a 2018 monthly calendar. I downloaded this page (and most of the other) from Scattered Squirrel. This is to help me for future planing to help me know when a date is. I can also write notes in it. Although, for actual future appointments I usually put them in my phone calendar.
I placed the pages onto a matching background. The pages are lined up side by side with a spiral in the middle to mimic a paper binder. I did not create tabs for this month. Mostly it is because this is a brand new planner I am creating and I did not have time to finish it. I already miss the tabs.
I have put an index on the second page. Next to this I have put a month overview page. This is a way to plan for goals and an monthly overview. I cannot remember where I found this page. When I do I will post it here.
Next I have the monthly budget that is also by Scattered Squirrel. I think I will recreate my own next month. This does not quite have what I need. I left the right page blank so I can use it to plan and keep tally. I may make this a lined page next month.
I am also working on paying of debt and creating a savings account. I find the visual way of keeping track to be helpful in making me keep going towards my goal. Since I do monthly journals I do have to update them every month instead of keeping using the same page. It is a trade off, but one I do not mind.
Next I have my daily pages. The sheet is also from Scattered Squirrel. I pre-number them before I save them to a pdf. This is the first time I have used these daily pages. I created my own last month, but I was bored with them. I searched through a lot of daily pages to find the one that I thought would be the most useful for my needs.
Next I have added Journal pages. The first is an index that I will create as I add the days to the page. They will not be linked this way, but it will be useful when I am going back to look at the pages.
I also have another collection of Notes pages. It looks just like my journal pages. I use the notes pages mostly for my work meetings. However, they are also useful for personal notes.
I hope that you enjoy looking at my digital journal. I will show you my setup again next month.
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