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Anyone who has ever seen my dwindling book collection will tell you that they look as good as new. However, today I bought a copy of Crime and Punishment with the sole intention of highlighting and writing notes in it. I’m feeling uneasy about this as I’ve always treated my books with great care but I want to try and engage a bit deeper with this book. In my defence, I do have a lovely Folio Society edition of it which will remain pristine but it still feels a bit off.

 

Do any of you mark your books, fold the corners etc? 

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9 minutes ago, Brian. said:

Anyone who has ever seen my dwindling book collection will tell you that they look as good as new. However, today I bought a copy of Crime and Punishment with the sole intention of highlighting and writing notes in it. I’m feeling uneasy about this as I’ve always treated my books with great care but I want to try and engage a bit deeper with this book. In my defence, I do have a lovely Folio Society edition of it which will remain pristine but it still feels a bit off.

 

Do any of you mark your books, fold the corners etc? 


I say : it's your book and you're free to do as you wish.

 

I don't mark my books, very probably because my mother discouraged me from writing in books when I was a child - we still have some books that I scribbled in and I can see her point. That said, I did fold down the corners as a child to mark my place, not now. My father uses day-glow highlighters in his self help books, which I find distasteful, not least because we donate a lot of books to charity and these ones can't be, which I think is the waste of a book. He says that he's using the book (but then invariably throws them out). My brother, on the other hand, thinks that my habit of breaking the spine so that I can read the book is book murder. So, each to their own. 
 

I think that everyone should explore all the options open to them in order to enjoy their reading and enjoyment is the most important thing.
 

 

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1 hour ago, Brian. said:

 

Anyone who has ever seen my dwindling book collection will tell you that they look as good as new. However, today I bought a copy of Crime and Punishment with the sole intention of highlighting and writing notes in it. I’m feeling uneasy about this as I’ve always treated my books with great care but I want to try and engage a bit deeper with this book. In my defence, I do have a lovely Folio Society edition of it which will remain pristine but it still feels a bit off.

 

Do any of you mark your books, fold the corners etc? 

 

 

I very occasionally underline something I might want to quote or find again easily in red, but that is very occasionally indeed.  I otherwise try to keep books in pristine condition, where possible.

 

53 minutes ago, lunababymoonchild said:


My brother, on the other hand, thinks that my habit of breaking the spine so that I can read the book is book murder. So, each to their own. 
 

 

I'm with your brother on this one, and I'll add a Gollumesque Murderer! for emphasis!

 

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If there's something I like in a book I usually just take a note of the page number. 

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Nooooooooo!  I don't even like it when the spine gets a bit creased.  I remember once reading that Michael Palin loves buying a new book so that he can crack it's spine, almost put me off him.  Each to their own of course.  Seriously if the spine does look as though the book has been read that's fine, I don't mark them otherwise though, if there's something memorable I try to remember the page number but would never write in a book.

 

Having said that, when I was young I did try to turn my books into a private library, and cut out little bits of card which I then stuck on the inside front cover so that a little bit of paper with the lendee's name on could be inserted.  It didn't last for long of course, as I didn't really loan the books out much in the first place!:rolleyes:

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Yes I do - I never write in them but I turn down corners if I don't have something to use as a bookmark, I do break spines (I read and knit so like the book to lie flat in front of me) and I read in the bath so the page edges can get a bit damp even though I have a towl to hand to dry my fingers before turning.

 

That said, if anyone lends me a book I treat it like gold-dust and return it in the state it was lent to me.

 

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I'm like Hux. I stick a post-it note in the front of fiction with the page number and why. It's quite rare though.

 

For non-fiction I do the same but might also pencil mark the exact spot. 

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I don't mark any of my fiction books, and I hate folded down corners! I do write in text books though. My botany books have all kinds of notes in them, and I highlight the names of the plants I've found. My books on writing are also covered in notes - all in pencil. I also make notes in recipe books. 

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It just seems wrong for me to write in books. I'd prefer to take notes on a separate piece of paper, but most time I don't even do that. I honestly just like to sit back and enjoy the story rather than worry about notes.

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Yep, I fold the corners of my books to mark my place all the time (I find book marks always fall out). I also write in my books all the time - more often it is in non-fiction books when I have my own thoughts on what the author has written. I will often write my own comments on the margins or underline certain phrases. Some of my more wieldy books have post-it notes in certain pages which I wish to mark and return to at a later stage.

 

I guess one reason I have always done this is because I don't really sell my books to charity shops/donate to libraries when I'm done with them as I prefer to keep them in my bookshelf, so it doesn't matter how much I spoil them. I also like the idea of my book being loved and used. :P 

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4 hours ago, Madeleine said:

They're gorgeous!

 

They are even better in real llife.  I have a dozen of them.  Unfortunately I don't think that the woman who made them is available to make any more - or I'd have bought all of them by now!

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5 hours ago, lunababymoonchild said:

I use book bands like this

Oooh they really are lovely!

 

6 hours ago, Angury said:

Some of my more wieldy books have post-it notes in certain pages which I wish to mark and return to at a later stage.

I do this to everything I want to make a note on. I have a lot of post it notes. Lengthier notes get a whole square one, so I can write on it properly, while points that I just want to remember or go back to get a little arrow note. Really interesting books end up like spiky post-it hedgehogs :lol:.

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I was brough up to respect books too much,probably, so I never,ever mark them, bend corners or write in them! A bookmark for me is often a slip of scrap paper or a shop reciept,just slipped between the current pages. I actually own a few 'real' bookmarks that have been given to me over time,and i generally forget where I have them, or can't be bothered to look, so long as i have a slip of paper handy!

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