• Current Reads

      Life after Life Jill McCorkle
      This Is Your Captain Speaking Jon Methven
      The Starboard Sea Amber Dermont
      Snark David Denby
      Bring Up the Bodies Hilary Mantel
  • Popular Tags

  • Recent Reflections

  • Categories

  • Moleskine’s All-Time Favorites

  • Echoes

    sumithra MAE on D.H. Lawrence’s Why the…
    To Kill a Mockingbir… on [35] To Kill A Mockingbird…
    Deanna Friel on [841] The Price of Salt (Carol…
    Minnie on [367] The Rouge of the North 怨…
    travellinpenguin on [841] The Price of Salt (Carol…
    travellinpenguin on Libreria Acqua Alta in Ve…
  • Reminiscences

  • Blog Stats

    • 1,040,130 hits
  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 1,727 other followers

  • Advertisements


btt button

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: