Sunday, February 22, 2015

Q & A a Day by Potter Style

Q & A a Day is a blank journal featuring a daily question to answer and spaces for responses over the next 5 years. (There is a question for February 29 which obviously won't get answered annually). After completing one year, you then go back and answer the same questions for the next 4 years. Before the book arrived, I wondered if it was something that could be completed as a family. In seeing the brief amount of space and the nature of the questions, I would say this is definitely a one person project (or possibly two if a couple wanted to do together).

I would also recommend it for adults as some of the questions I would consider inappropriate for children like, "Describe your love life in three words." Some would just not make sense, like a question about credit cards. One question seemed a bit odd for any age such as, "Did you sleep alone last night?"  There was quite a variety of questions of varying depth but most were geared toward an adult reflecting on their life and able to articulate thoughts and dreams.

As for the physical book itself, I am a sucker for a beautiful book and I have to say that I loved the gold edged pages and the striking font on the cover and spine.  The diminutive size is also a novelty although it does limit the amount one can write.  Perhaps that was intentional to make it less intimidating for those who do not consider themselves writers or journalers.  Just be warned that the lines are pretty narrow and you'll have to write pretty small to fill the lines.

Because it's a small book, tt really shouldn't take someone more than a minute or two to record a daily response.  For those who stick with the book for all 5 years, I think it will be very interesting to see how they have changed (or stayed the same) over those five years.

OCD readers may feel compelled to start on January 1st but you really could start any day of the year and just cycle through until you get back to where you started. I could see giving this as a gift to a college graduate, or maybe a pair of books to a newly married couple or even a fun house warming gift as someone starts a new life in a new town.  I think something that encourages thoughtful reflection and old-fashioned writing, is an excellent find!

This book is a great way to encourage people to learn to articulate their thoughts on paper.  By adapting some of the questions, this book could still be used with young people--I could see this as a very fun supplement to a writing course (much easier done in a homeschool where the teacher remains the same for 5 years).  However the book is used, the writer will have a beautiful keepsake to look back on.

You can purchase Q & A a Day directly from Random House. Potter Style books comprise a book and stationery line highlighting art, design, fashion, humor and DIY.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

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