THE STRUGGLE OF ANNOTATING MY BOOKS

I unabashedly mark up my books. I love jotting down notes and marring the pages with colourful highlights. Nothing makes a book feel like my own than the hastily scribbled thoughts on the margins. I even love reading books that have already been annotated for the simple pleasure of knowing the unknown reader’s thoughts. But while annotating sounds like a romantic idea, there are some struggles to it that make the annotating-obsessed-bookworm grit their teeth!

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BEING UNSETTLED WITHOUT MY STATIONARY

“She loved to walk down the street with a book under her arm. It had the same significance for her as an elegant cane for the dandy a century ago.” – Milan Kundera

I am most definitely the worst example for bookworm aesthetic. Sure, I carry my book around ALL the time…along with my pens and highlighters, and a pencil and eraser, my sticky notes…it’s a big pouch of stationery that I find essential to marking my books. A pink highlighter might sound good now, but wait till I reach a part where the green seems to be more fitting!

RUNNING OUT OF STICKY NOTES

Heaven forbid this ever happen! In the middle of a scene, especially! The more sticky notes in a book, the more I loved it! But the worst is when my sticky notes give up and fall out!

DO I FEEL THIS OR DO I FEEL THIS?

No, seriously, that is ALWAYS the question when I annotate. Am I feeling this scene or do I just like it for the pretty words? Do I highlight the entire section or just this sentence? Many of the passages I annotate aren’t thought provoking, most of the time they’re just phrases I enjoyed or a quirk of a character I love. Hence, why I use different colours. 

IT STRIKES UP UNWANTED CONVERSATIONS

Hey, baby, are those markings in your books or are you just a scoundrel?

Don’t you just love it when people assume you’re a bad person for “defacing” a book! I dog-ear a book and suddenly I’m a heretic. I love it. I love the wasted time people set aside for themselves to tell me that I don’t respect a book enough. 

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25 thoughts on “THE STRUGGLE OF ANNOTATING MY BOOKS

  1. tasya @ the literary huntress says:

    Sometimes I annotate my book, it really depends though. I usually annotate them while I was rereading as I knew that it is a favorite and I won’t give it away to another people. Mostly, I just use post it though so I can always take it off when someone is borrowing that particular book 😀

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  2. Marie says:

    I never annotate my books, because I always love to keep them… well, perfect, in a way, but that’s just me haha. I only used to annotate my books for my classes. I really admire people who can annotate books and love it, there’s something fun for sure about reading someone else’s notes in the margins, too! 😀

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  3. emmareadstoomuch says:

    i don’t annotate books myself but i think it’s insane when people say those who do are disrespecting the book!! one, it’s their book, and two, what could be more respectful than marking special passages??

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  4. Victoria says:

    I LOVE annotating in my books! I always highlight and use sticky tabs for my fave parts. I get irked when I run out of a certain color in the middle of the book though and have to switch to a different color. I don’t usually write notes in my book, I’ll write them on sticky notes and put them in the section. I do this just because I worry that my handwriting is going to look weird and cramped in the book, and with a sticky note if my handwriting looks weird I can just throw it away and start again.

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