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How To Keep a Reading Log or Book Journal

A reading log or book journal is a great place to react to what you read. You can find out exactly how you feel about the characters; you may gain insight about the theme and plot; and you can expand your overall enjoyment of the literature.
Here's How:
1. Write about what your feelings are after reading the opening chapter(s) of the book. How do your feelings change (or do they) after reading half the book? Do you feel any differently after finishing the book? Would you read the book again?
- After reading the opening chapters of the book I find the story boring but when I continue reading it, the flow of the story becomes interesting and somehow confusing because there’s a mystery behind the character of Max. By the time I got to the story of Schottenstift Abbey in the Middle Ages, I began to realize that I wasn’t so much reading a love story but a novelization of Elizabeth Kubler Ross’ Five Stages of Grief, except slightly modified to Shelly Gallus’ Five Stages of Accepting Max’s Immortality. “Before Ever After” goes about it subtly and slowly, building up to a satisfying and tense conclusion that will certainly get discussions going if you’re the type who likes having your stories neatly resolved. I also like the final reveal of what exactly is it that has given Max the immortality that has been both a gift and a curse to him. While it’s true that the “Immortality is a double-edged sword” trope has been a common one lately because of the popularity of vampire/werewolf/supernatural creature young adult fiction, Samantha turns the trope on its head by giving Max’s immortality a deceptively simple reason for being. After finishing the book it makes me realized that joy lies in the simple things in life and that sometimes journeys may take you somewhere or nowhere but certainly the first and last step leads to forever.
2. What emotions did the book invoke: laughter, tears, smiles, anger? Or, was the book just

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