Nov 15, 2007

Meme: Preservationist

Booking Through Thursday question from Conspiracy-Girl:
I’m curious how many of us write notes in our books. Are you a Footprint Leaver or a Preservationist?

I used to underline my favorite passages in books, and sometimes write notes in the margins. Not to mention putting my name in permanent marker across the top edges. Especially when I was in high school. I even used to underline in ink, so that flipping through the book I could quickly locate a quote I wanted. I don't do that anymore. I've even gone back and erased what I could of books I had underlined in pencil, and begun to replace ones I had underlined with ink. I re-read my books often and prefer to see them with new eyes each time, instead of having my attention drawn to words I appreciated ten years ago but don't see so much in now, when something else is speaking to me... Instead of marking up my books, I keep a notebook by the bed where I jot down ideas and notes, as part of the log of books I've read.


LisaMM said...

I don't often re-read books, but I see your point. I only abuse the books I'm reading for my book club, otherwise I leave them alone.

Jeane said...

I think that's why i marked them more in high school years; I was discussing/ sharing books more often, and wanted to refer to them quickly. Now it's more of a solo passion... If I were in a bookclub, I might start marking them up again myself.

Literary Feline said...

I try not to mark in my books, but sometimes I'm desperate and so I'll grab a pencil and make a small notation I can go back and erase later.