WaterCat, I believe I understand your question. Let me see if I can clarify for you:
There are two terms often applied to the same thing: Book of Shadows and Grimoire. While they can be the same thing, I prefer to keep them separate. The difference being that a BoS is a journal, a record of your magickal workings. A Grimoire is a spellbook, and where you write your rituals, and favorite spells, and whatnot. While they can be the same, though, this tends to get a little complicated, so I choose to keep them separate. I hope this helps.