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During this time of uncertainty, journaling, in addition to reading, can often-times prove to be both enjoyable and cathartic. Not only are the following journals great companion pieces to the books that inspired them, but they are also great tools in learning how to express yourself when faced with a rapidly changing world.
When The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo was released, it took the book world by storm. Recently released, the novel’s accompanying journal, proves to be just as magnificent. Created to encourage writers during the creative process, Write Yourself a Lantern is an excellent addition to the New York Times best-selling book.
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Much like its autobiographical companion, the Becoming journal is all about creating one’s own narrative. With writing prompts to help you move beyond the surface to write your life story, this journal is great for both writers and readers alike.
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Inspired by award-winning director and creator Shonda Rhimes’ book Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun, and Be Your Own Person, the Year of Yes journal includes several writing prompts (some that even track your “yes” progress) geared toward achieving your dreams. This 365-day journal encourages you to stop saying no and just say yes.
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Filled with beautifully lined blank pages, the Awaken the Magic journal is a space for those who journal to just, well journal. With inspiring quotes from the Legacy of Orisha series, writing in this journal is all about letting it flow and listening to what’s already inside of you.
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This journal, as the title suggests, is a tool to help you “find your voice.” An accompanying journal for the wildly popular novels of YA author, Angie Thomas (The Hate Give; On the Come Up), writing in this journal will help you on your journey to discovering who you are.