April Reading Journal Set-Up

Hello, lovelies. For today’s post, I’m going to be taking you through my reading journal spreads for the month of April! I really wanted to do something inspired by Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse ahead of the release of Shadow and Bone on Netflix later this month. I tried to include little bits from both Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows and I’m really happy with the way these came out. This was also the first spread in my new journal which you can see a little bit of in the header for this post. I finished my original one with last month’s reads and I’m happy to moving into another Notebook Therapy journal as I was really happy with the quality of the last one.

So, lets have a look at this month’s spread!

Supplies: → Notebook Therapy Tsuki ‘Constellations’ Bullet Journal in Soft Moondust
→ Uni Pc1MR Posca Marker in Metallic Blue
→ Uni Pc1MR Posca Marker in Metallic Red
→ Uni Pc1MR Posca Marker in Gold
→ Uni Pc1MR Posca Marker in Silver
→ Pentel EnerGel 0.7mm Metal Point in Black
→ Tombow Dual Brush Pen in Black
→ Papermate Non-Stop mechanical pencil
→ Staedtler Mars 57601F circle template (as a ruler)

Title Page

“The heart is an arrow, it demands aim to land true.”

Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo

Starting off super simple, I drew out some antlers to frame the month title. I tried to recreate the a version on the Grishaverse font throughout all these spreads and I’m pretty pleased with how it looks. The page still looked a little bare so I decided to add this Inej quote underneath in the same silver pen as the antlers. You’ll notice as well that this month’s spreads were basically just one big excuse to use the metallic Posca pens as I’ve used a different colour for every page — I’ve been dying to use the red one for ages! Just a simple one really to start as I knew I had some grander ideas for the other pages as you’ll see…

Books Read

“It was larger than any building I had ever seen, its terraces crowded with statues, its three storeys gleaming with row after row of shining windows, each ornamented extensively in what I suspected was real gold.”

Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo

When the collector’s edition of Shadow and Bone came out I managed to practice enough restraint to not buy another copy (especially as this book in particular is far from my favourite) but I really loved the illustrated cover, particularly the rendition of the Little Palace on there. This isn’t an exact recreation as I couldn’t get the windows in the right places but I’m still really pleased with it! I just used the same blue metallic for the title and I’ll write in each book in the space left as I finish them.

To Be Read

“Like calls to like.”

Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo

I got this beautiful pin from November and May in an Illumicrate box a few months ago and I thought it would make a really good match for Alina and the Darkling’s opposing powers. This is probably the page that took me the longest – we went through a rough time but I definitely think it was worth it in the end because this is by far my favourite page in this month’s set up. I added a little art-deco style border just to make it neater and then went in again with the Grisha font down the side for the title. I’ve put a few in already but if I need to add any more books to this month’s TBR they’ll just join the list to the right.

Days Read

“There’s a line of credit waiting for you at the Crow Club. Play till morning or your luck runs out, whichever comes first.”

Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo

I wanted to do at least one fully Six of Crows themed spread as its my favourite book in the Grishaverse so I went with a Crow Club inspired theme on my days read page. This page is definitely the busiest — I have a little sign post for some different Ketterdam locations next to my very title and then a little stack of poker chips that leads into my cards laid out for each day. They’re mostly blank at the moment but every day that I make time to read I’ll colour the little pattern in to make them look like face down playing cards. Even though there’s a lot going on in this one, I really wanted to get as much Crows content in here as possible and I still think it fits together quite well. I also took a bit of inpso here from these beautiful cards from Seasonal Vibe on Etsy who make a ton of props inspired by different bookish fandoms!

I hope you enjoyed this little look inside my reading journal. If you’d like to see some footage of me actually setting these spreads up, head over to my Bookstagram where I have a reel showing a little bit of the process. I’m really loving theming these around a different book every month so let me know if you have any suggestions for books I could pull some inspo from in the coming months!

Lots of love,

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