Thursday, November 15, 2007

Booking Through Thursday--Preservatives

Today's Booking Through Thursday question is entitled Preservatives:

Today’s question comes from Conspiracy-Girl:
I’m still relatively new to this meme so I’m not sure if this has been asked yet, but I’m curious how many of us write notes in our books. Are you a Footprint Leaver or a Preservationist?

As I'm sure I've mentioned before, I'm more of a preservationist--I don't often write in books. I guess I used to when I was in college. But I do like to take notes while reading, so what I do is use an index card as a bookmark, and write notes on that. I actually have a card file I put these cards into, but I almost never look at them again. But it's somehow comforting to know that if I really wanted to, I could look up some amazing passage I remember reading in Anna Karenina.

I also dogear (is that a verb? I don't think so) books sometimes, if I don't have a notecard handy. But then I usually have no idea why I did it, and have to guess when re-reading a page what it was I thought was so worthy of looking back at.

How 'bout you?


Literary Feline said...

The index card is a great idea. Using a notebook for my reading notes is my excuse for putting all those beautiful blank journals to use that I receive as gifts each year. :-)

Gentle Reader said...

literary feline--I love blank journals--they're always so beautiful. I have to admit I'm intimidated to write in them, so they often remain blank at my house. But I think book notes are a great use for journals!

Matt said...

Sometimes dogearring is inevitable when I put my books in my messenger bag. They wobble inside the bag and dog ear. *sigh*

I write reviews in my journal but draw on the notes that I take when I read along. Reading can be tedious sometimes as I have manage with a pen and post-it and a book weight! :)

Gentle Reader said...

matt--oh no, unintentional dogearing! That's too bad!