Bergers Book Reviews

The Isobel Journal

The Isobel Journal
Author: Isobel Harrop
Publisher: Switch Press
Genre: Teen
ISBN: 978-1-63079-003-5
Pages: 208
Price: $16.95

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Isobel Harrop has provided an intimate glimpse into teen thoughts in The Isobel Journal. Using a scrapbook filled with words and drawings, the 18 year-old artist comments on friends, family, dreams, school, fashion, cute animals, growing up, and first love.

Isobel’s thoughts run from topic to topic in a free-flowing manner, loosely grouped into categories. Ramblings are sometimes humorous – “Underwear shopping at the supermarket with Dad = embarrassment,” occasionally thoughtful – “I think I put you on too much of a pedestal,” and always very much herself – “I just can’t get over how much I love otters.” Accompanying illustrations dramatize her commentary.

Teens (and those who still remember their teen years) will enjoy reading Isobel’s journal as they ruminate on their own feelings about life and impending adulthood. Quirky and fun, The Isobel Journal is a great read.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

August 1, 2014 Posted by | journal, teen | Leave a comment

HealthMinder Personal Wellness Journal

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Author: F.E. Wilkins
Publisher: MemoryMinder Journals
Genre: Journal
ISBN: 978-0963796875
Pages: 224
Price: $14.95

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Sometimes health issues can be a puzzle. Are you allergic to a particular food? Need to stop taking an over-the-counter remedy that seems to be causing side effects? Are there sleep patterns you need to track? Monitoring these and many other concerns can be difficult, unless you have a system. That’s where HealthMinder Journal can help.

Each journal entry includes space for information on weather conditions, your vital statistics, any drugs or vitamins taken, physical activity, and food you ate. Plus you can record pain and other discomfort you’re feeling that day, rating it on a scale of 1 to 5.

The journal pages are of high-quality paper, with a spiral binding and sturdy cover. An introductory section explains how to use this journal for maximum effectiveness. And the last section allows you to record your medical history, as well as organizing all your doctor and insurance information in one place for easy reference.

Don’t monitor your health concerns alone. Use the HealthMinder Journal to assist you on your journey back to good health.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

July 23, 2009 Posted by | health, journal | Leave a comment

CruiseMinder Journal

cruiseminder
Author: F.E. Wilkins
Publisher: MemoryMinder Journals
Genre: Journal
ISBN: 978-0-9637968-5-1
Pages: 144
Price: $16.95

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You’ve just booked the cruise of a lifetime, and although it may be months in the future, you know you’ve got a lot of planning to do before your big trip. The CruiseMinder Journal was created with all your needs in mind.

Divided into four sections, this journal is designed to make sure you stay organized. The first part is the anticipation section, which includes information on packing, planning your agenda, a mini address book for postcards you’ll send, and anything you’ll need to do once you get home again. The next section is your daily diary, where you can record any activities you participated in, along with general thoughts about the day. The third section allows you to record information about the ship, the crew, expenses incurred, and any new friends you’ve made while on the cruise. And the reference section has helpful nautical terms and maps.

The journal pages are of high-quality paper, with a spiral binding and sturdy cover. An introductory section explains how to use this journal for maximum effectiveness. This pretty and useful little book will record the details of your cruise for a lifetime of memories.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

July 7, 2009 Posted by | journal, travel | Leave a comment

MaintenanceMinder

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Author: F.E. Wilkins
Publisher: MemoryMinder Journals
Genre: Journal
ISBN: 978-0-9637968-6-8
Pages: 192
Price: $16.95

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You’ve finally reached your weight loss and fitness goals. Congratulations! But now you face a new challenge – keeping the weight off.

The creators of DietMinder and BodyMinder recognized this, and designed MaintenanceMinder with your new needs in mind. This journal provides a place for you to record important information for the day to help keep you on track.

Each journal entry includes space for your daily weigh-in, your plan for the day, and an end-of-day recap asking how well you stuck to your plan. A week’s check-ins fits compactly on an easy-to-read two page spread, with room for notes in the last section of the journal.

The journal pages are of high-quality paper, with a spiral binding and sturdy cover. An introductory section explains how to use this journal for maximum effectiveness. Motivational quotes are sprinkled throughout the pages, and a space for before and after photos is included, to help remind you of how far you’ve come.

If you’ve reached your fitness goals and want to be sure you don’t undo all your hard work, MaintenanceMinder will be a valuable tool in making sure you stay fit, trim and healthy.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 18, 2009 Posted by | health, journal | Leave a comment