Goooood Moorrrnnniiinnng SSers!! How's everyone morn doing? I had a HGTV week; we remodeled one of the extra bedrooms. A room that I've deemed as "my room". The final goal is to turn it into a reading room since my books are taking over the house. *Squeal* All of my childhood dreams are coming true. Hahaha.
This week making annotations about what I'm reading has been on the brain. While moving some of my anthologies and college books into the extra bedroom's bookshelves i began to glance through the pages. I was captivated by the notes I made on the sides of pages, highlighted passages, exclamation points, question marks, rhetorical questions, notes from lectures...It was very much a tour of what I thought was important and powerful in my young adulthood years.
I've stopped writing in books since college. And recently I've stopped even underlining and highlighting. It was a thought through decision. And what I took into consideration the most has been my recent use of Bookmooch and PaperBackSwap. I never really know beforehand anymore if the book I'm reading is going to emotionally draw me in deep enough to keep FOREVER. I also know that most people find writing in books to be a huge no-no (as well as highlighting).
To find some sort of balance though (because I love identifying passages) i started using post-it notes. But then I found them to be too bulky. Next I moved to those little flags? You know the ones. Where you can barely write one word on them? Well, outside of my anal tendencies to make sure that they are perfectly straight and all the same length when I close my book, they sorta did the trick. In the very least, they nullified my urge to scribble in the pages.
Until I this week. When I began touring through my college books. Ya'll, I miss writing on the side pages. I truly do. But any time I take a deep breath and say, "Okay, this time I'm going to allow myself to write whatever when I feel compelled to. After all, they are MY books..." I feel guilt. Why do I feel guilty??? Clearly I have issues.
I still haven't decided what I'll do with my next book that I read. Deep breaths and I might make that writing plunge again!
Do you annotate while reading? Do you doggy ear? Flag? Post-it? Type up passages (whew!)