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“Mark-Ups”

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I checked in at the Booking Through Thursday blog, which is the host for a weekly book meme or blogging prompt. Here is this week’s prompt:

Do you write in your books? Highlight? Make notes? Or do you like to keep your copies as pristine as possible?

I am an indulgent marker of books. It all started with the need to keep track of important quotes and pivotal passages pertaining to the book’s themes. Since only classical texts, Shakespeare and Ulysses come with line numbers on the margin, I need to “pencil in” (actually, pen, I write only with pen, pencil dumped since fourth grade) an asterisk and/or underline key words/phrases for later references when I compose notes. Now I would scribble notes on a separate piece of paper along with page references, that way I can use the paper as bookmark as well. I feel I am engaging in a conversation with what is written on the pages. Marking becomes an involuntary response. Annotations are important when I return to the book later after I finish. Marking therefore is a personal touch. This is why I am annoyed with library books all marked up. I don’t high-light and dog-ear my books.

2 Responses

  1. I especially like your line: “I feel I am engaging in a conversation with what is written on the pages.” Exactly! Because of books, we can converse with people far from us in time and in space. I probably won’t blog about today’s Booking Through Thursday, but here’s my response to last week’s question, the one you answered here: http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/2014/04/btt-41-annotating-books.html

    • Reading is always a very fulfilling learning experience. You learn from people afar over time and in space. I enjoy reading about lives in times well before my birth, the early 20 century in particular.

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