When I entered middle school at the ripe ol’ age of 11, we were given planners to keep track of our assignments and upcoming due dates. For most of middle school and high school, I told myself that I didn’t actually need to use a planner – I could keep track of everything mentally.
Oh, how I was wrong.
I mean, it did work for my primary education, but going into college I NEEDED something to help me delegate my time and make sure I didn’t forget anything important. I also needed something to help me relieve stress and act as a creative outlet, and thus, the bullet journal was born. I’ve had about 2 years of practice by now and while I still have a long way to go, I’m super excited about my upcoming bookish bullet journal themes and can’t wait to share them!
My theme for December was one of my most highly anticipated releases of 2019 – Girls of Storm and Shadow by none other than Natasha Ngan. I’d already included quotes from Girls of Paper and Fire in my November spread, so I knew I’d have to give GOSAS its own month in honor of its release.
I wanted to get a little fancier/organized than my past bujo themes, so I added an extra calendar to plan out blog posts for the month. For the most part, it helped me stick to deadlines, but having it written down in pen made it seem so inflexible that I probably won’t do it again to avoid any added stress.
This was a much more elaborate spread than I usually use, but I LOVE the look of it. I draw a lot of layout inspiration from bujo accounts on Instagram and this was one I just couldn’t resist recreating by doodlelou.co.
January’s theme was inspired by The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang, one of my FAVORITE reads from 2019 and a book that I know will stay with me for a long time to come.
I wanted to break out the brush pens this month and brush (ahahaha) up on my lettering. My spreads usually adjust after my first week of class to accommodate my workload so we’ll see what changes after I start my SECOND TO LAST quarter of undergrad EVER.
I’m looking forward to developing the rest of my spread for this month, and perpetually brainstorming ideas for future months. I’m still trying to figure out how to best photograph and edit pictures, so bear with me, but I’m excited to share my love for books through another media and would love to see other people’s bookish bullet journal spreads!
If there are any book aesthetics you’d wanna see via bullet journal, let us know in the comments!