Listography Journal : Your Life in Lists, Diary

Listography Journal : Your Life in Lists Diary

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


This is an illustrated fill-in journal that allows users to create an autobiography in lists.


  • Format: Diary
  • Pages: 160 pages, 74 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
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  • Category: Stationery items
  • ISBN: 9780811859080



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This book, adapted from the website of the same name, caters to the "Tag" culture of today's blogging generation by offering individuals the opportunity to write their autobiography in list form, complete with sparse but appealing "Beavis and Butt-head" style drawings. It appeals to people like me who enjoy sending those e-mail forwards where you list all sorts of personal information about yourself, and who believe that a true understanding of my character is not complete without being able to name off my favourite bands and albums. The lists in this journal ask for such predictable information as favourites, as well as places you've been, pets you've owned, things you want to do before you die, games you enjoyed as a child, and other ways of navigating your memories of your past and hopes for your future. There are also several sexually-oriented lists, so you should be careful about buying this as a gift for others or considering leaving it as an heirloom for your posterity. There was not much rhyme or reason to the organisation of the journal, and some of the lists thus felt repetitive; I wasn't sure why I was being asked to write out my life to-do list just a half-dozen pages or so after listing all the things I want to do before I die. I enjoyed the process of filling the journal out for a while, though at the end I did not have the sense of creating something meaningful that I have had in filling out other autobiography-oriented books. I would say that this is very much a book for people who can't be bothered to write; if full sentences are not your thing, this might do it for you. If you enjoy telling stories, however, this journal might not sate your autobiographical appetite.

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