I have exactly two books with any sort of self-annotation in them.
One is the copy of Inferno I got for college, which I never figured I’d end up keeping. I kept it because it has a better translation than the gorgeous Barnes and Noble leather-bound edition I own.
The other book is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which is littered with blue post-it flags. These aren’t marking anything important, per se. They’re the location of quotes I was using to argue with a friend that Draco/Hermione was more likely than Draco/Harry. Which is extra ridiculous, by the way, because I liked Draco/Harry just fine and never shipped Draco/Hermione. I think I just wanted to talk Harry Potter in intense detail with someone.
I actually love the idea of annotating a book myself, but I’ve never really done it. For one, I don’t even dog ear my books. The idea of writing in them makes me cringe. For another, I get wrapped up in reading and forget.
For a little while, I was subscribed to PageHabit. While they’re out of business now, one of the things I really loved about this book box was that the books were annotated. Each book is littered with Post-Its. While the books themselves have not been my favorite, I adore the annotations. Both The Midnight Front (meh) and Sky in the Deep (loved it!) have been annotated by the author, and it really adds a level to the reading experience.
Even though I don’t write in the books, I try to snag quotes from them that make me laugh, are wise and deep, or are beautifully written. I keep a notebook near where I usually sit and read, but I also take notes in my phone. It’s all very scattered. That, and I use Goodreads updates to keep track of my thoughts.
Strangely, I have no issues with people writing in their books? I personally find it distracting, but I also thing it’s the easiest way to make notes of things. I also think that post-it flags are a great way of marking interesting quotes if you don’t want to write them down elsewhere.
I’ve also heard about traveling books, where one person reads and annotates them, then mails the copy to the next person, and so forth. I love this idea and would LOVE to be a part of something like this. It’s like reading a book alongside friends, even if you’re an ocean apart.
What are your opinions on marking up your books?
This week’s Book Blogger Hop asks:
Do you take notes about the book you are reading as you read?
Short answer: I don’t… but sometimes I wish I did. I like the idea of re-reading along with myself, but I just don’t have the heart to mark up the books, and post-it flags don’t really trigger my memory.