“It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.”
I struggled a bit with this one until I remembered what is one thing I love to do other than reading? Journaling (making journals and keeping my own). So then it became a bit easier to choose two books which I think you’d enjoy if diaries are something that appeals to you.
For fiction a very fun read is Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. I read this when I myself was a singleton and I loved every bit of it. It was often hilarious and had me agreeing with Bridget on the trials of finding a good job, the right guy and crazy friends/family. I love the movie version too and have lost track of how many times I’ve watched it. It’s usually my go to whenever I’ve been sick.
Now if you think anyone can keep a journal, you are right. A lot of us have had those little journals with locks right? But I think what makes people lose interest in journaling so often is the idea that you have to always do the same type of entries or that it has to be linear. Break all the rules. Journaling can be whatever you want it to be. You can use pictures, you can use scraps of junk mail, you can actually not even write at all. I think you get the idea right?
I’ve read a ton of books on the art of journaling and now I keep about 5-6 journals myself but if you are new to keeping a diary and/or what to pick up where you left off check out Note to Self by Samara O’Shea. I read this book a few years ago and still recommend it to anyone who is thinking of picking up a diary practice again.
The chapters in this book are divided on topics such as writing about everyday life, finding your spiritual path, dream journaling, blogging and even detailing the intimate life. She’ll show you what the benefits are when writing on any of those topics and guide you on how to approach writing about them as well.
I hope this gives you an idea of two books to check out. Would love to hear if you’ve read these or if there are some others that you think would make perfect pairs.