There were five comments on this giveaway, people. One, Carla from Carla Loves Books said she had a nice journal that was given to her, that she hadn’t even used yet. LOL She was eliminated.

Amy, a young blogger at Beloved Amy said how much she liked journaling and later replied to say her current journal was just about used up. (I read into that “hint, hint,” and award her one of the journals. Chloe of Capable Chloe/Chloe’s Thoughts , another young blogger friend expressed a love of journals as well, so the second goes to her.

Jee Wan of Hooked on Books says she keeps a book journal, and judging from the rapidity of which she reviews books, she can always use another one, so the third goes to her.

That leaves my good friend and adopted little sister, Deb Nance of Readerbuzz, as the fifth commenter. Because I have seen what she has done with journals/notebooks/diaries, and because I happen to have a fourth journal, I will give one to her as well. Since we live in the same town, I will hand-deliver hers.

The other three winners–please send me your mailing address to raelongest300@msn.com, so I can get that journal/diary out to you asap.

Congratulations winners–and thanks, Carla for being such a good sport. I love you all!



Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


  1. I’m sorry I fell out of the loop on this, Rae. (Endless Internet difficulties…) But it sounds like a fun idea. Congrats to everyone who participated.

    I journal occasionally, but do it on my computer. (Journaling tends to have the opposite effect on me from what is desired or intended — I get focused on the bad things.) In trying to get out of my overwhelm and negative self-talk, it was recommended that I do a “Did Do” list each day. (Not a to do list) Just list minor things that I managed to get done each day. It helped hugely. It also became my journal. Have a fabulous October. Hugs on the wing.

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