I’ve always loved the idea of keeping a journal. There’s something so romantic about documenting your day to day, about going back and seeing how you felt on some arbitrary Tuesday years past. But, alas — I’m a terrible diarist. Even though I literally got my degree in writing, I have so much trouble motivating myself to jot down what my day was like once I get to the end of it.
Luckily, reading and writing tend to go hand-in-hand, and tons of books focus on writers! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite books that inspire me to grab my journal and start writing.
8 Books That Will Inspire You to Pick Up Your Journal!
1. Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali
Adam and Zayneb meet in the airport on their way to Qatar. The best part of this meet-cute is that they both keep a Journal of Marvels and Oddities. After reading this adorable love story, you’ll also want to start writing in a journal of oddities and marvels.
2. Notes From a Former Virgin by Emma Chastain
Chloe snow is back and it’s her junior year! You’ll love reading about how she navigates the highs and lows of family, friendship, school, and losing her virginity. By the end you’ll also want to keep a diary of everything that happens over the course of a year, talk about the perfect time capsule.
3. From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon
Twinkle Mehra has a different way of keeping a diary — she writes letters to her favorite female filmmakers. After all, Twinkle plans to join their ranks one day. She has stories to tell and universes to explore! So, when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. It’s a Dream Come True — and it gets her closer to her forever-crush, Neil, Sahil’s twin brother — who’s possibly the mystery man who’s been emailing her. But as the emails continue, Twinkle starts to fall for Sahil, and soon realizes that the romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted.
4. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Lina’s in Tuscany for the summer, but she’s not excited about it. She’s only there because her mother’s dying wish was that Lina get to know her long-absent father. But when Lina is given her mother’s old journal, she starts to see Italy through her mother’s eyes — and discovers that maybe she didn’t know her mother as well as she thought.
5. Confessions of a High School Disaster by Emma Chastain
In the tradition of Bridget Jones’ Diary, lovably flawed Chloe Snow chronicles her life as she begins high school. She’s convinced her life is a disaster — after all, she’s a kissing virgin, totally in love with senior football star Mac Brody, and being driven up a wall by both her best friend and her father. Oh, and her mother moved to Mexico to work on a novel, although she swears she’s coming back. But it’s fine! Everything will work out in the end. Right?
6. Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Bailey Rydell loves classic movies. So much so that she’s a regular on a film forum where she exchanges messages with mysterious Alex. When Bailey moves in with her father, who happens to live in the same town as Alex, everything seems destined to work out. But faced with doubts, Bailey decides not to tell Alex she’s moved. Things get extra complicated when she starts her summer job with Porter Roth, a surfer hot-head who Bailey may or may not be starting to develop feelings for. Does she cling to online fantasy or learn to face imperfect reality?
7. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Lara Jean Covey keeps her love letters unsent in a hat box her mother gave her. There’s one for every boy she ever loved — five in all — written and meant to be secret forever. But when her letters get mysteriously sent out, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
8. Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
For Amelia van Hagen, scooping cones at Meade Creamery has always been more than a summer job. It’s a sisterhood, one dating back to when the legendary ice cream stand first opened with an all-girl staff during World War II. But when founder and owner Molly Meade dies, the future of the stand is left in the hands of her only living relative — grand-nephew Grady. Grady needs Amelia’s help running the stand, and Amelia needs help herself — which just might be found in Molly’s old journal.