This morning I was out and about running errands and had an urge to buy some of those little stickers that mark pages in books (that’s the technical term, right?) At the time I was right next door to a convenience store and took a look inside. …$5 for a tiny packet?! No, thank you. However, that got me thinking and I’m curious as to how other people take notes or mark passages. I feel that note-taking is an important skill for a book blogger and I’d like to know how you do it.
When I was younger I had stacks of notebooks full of quotes and passages from novels. This was well before my blogging days, but whenever I saw a line or paragraph that stuck out, sounded beautiful, or was hysterically funny, I would jot it down.
These days I no longer use this method although a notebook is never far from my desk and I always keep one in my purse.
This is a method I’d like to start using. Before, whenever I’d read a physical copy of a book, I’d use the notepad app on my phone to keep a list of the page numbers and then go back through them during my review. To be honest, this is a royal pain. Admittedly, my phone is always by my side, but to keep going back and forth takes time – especially when I’m just getting to a good part!
I know people use those stickers/tabs an awful lot while studying and they just seem far easier. I’m not sure how I’d feel about seeing a ton of multi-colored tabs sticking out of the pages – particularly when I’m trying to read – but I’d definitely like to give it a shot.
Dog-earred pages. The cardinal sin of the book world. I never do this – even with galleys/ARCs – and when I’m buying used books it’s a deal-breaker for me. I know plenty of people swear by this method, but I just can’t do it. Not only does it look sloppy and careless, but it also ruins the page and could potentially tear.
Highlighting/underlining is where I’m split. On my e-reader I swear by the highlight function. LOVE it. With physical books though.. unless it was for a class I can’t see myself ever writing in a book. That said, I adore coming across books other people have written in.
Do you use any of these methods? All? Maybe none? I’ve been known to stick things in books, whatever happens to be near – gum wrappers, receipts, etc. What to you do to denote passages and key points?