I don’t know about you, but when I accidentally bend or crease a page of a book, I RAGE. Doggy-ears make me want to throw something HARD at someone (not a book – never a book), and accidental spills and droplets of liquids just bring a beast out of me. You can tell that I’m anal about this stuff. If you know me, you know that I try to keep my books in pristine condition; unless it’s a well-loved book, then you can see its wear. But there’s something different from accidentally making a mark on your book, and marking it, well, on purpose.
I know for different homework assignments, I’ve had to buy a certain book in its physical copy and annotate it with my thoughts. This includes highlights, notes, and underlines that basically (in my opinion) ruin the pages. I mean, my handwriting’s not that pretty. And while I think that, I know many other people actually enjoy making those marks on their books. For example, some authors may annotate a copy or ARC of their book with the thoughts they had when writing the book and cute doodles. I’ve seen friends who favorite highlight passages in a book they’ve read numerous times.
Me though? I don’t bring a pen out when reading a book unless I have something to write on next to it. I’m sorry – my heart can’t take that kind of stuff.
Although I’m not a super big fan of marking on books in general, I can understand why people do it: sentimental values, wanting to remember favorite scenes or dialogue, etc. I mean, you paid for the book, you should do whatever you want with it. At the same time, my neat freak outlook cannot accept it. Thus, tabs and post-its always save the day. If I really want to put notes in the book, I stick it on a post-it and then on the page. Cute dialogue I want to get to quick? A clear tab works wonders. These days, the books I actually write on are workbooks for classes that I have to use to study.
So that’s my take on marking books; in answer to the header question, it’s a definite NO. I’d rather just read the author’s narrative without interrupting the flow with my jumpled notes or bright highlighter. But of course, many of you guys would think otherwise. And it’s a whatever-floats-your-boat kind of situation. Quite honestly, if I wrote my thoughts on a well-loved book, every time I would reread it I would be crushed with embarrassment at my past self’s thoughts. (Whoops)
Just – be careful on the accidental marks. Those are the ones I have mini-heart attacks over.
Is it a big “no-no” or a “sure, why not” kind of deal? Do you go with the flow and when emotions overtake you, have to write something on it? What do people even doodle in books? Doesn’t that take away from the flow of the story? Are you like a neat freak like me or someone who wants to show their love of a book through annotations?
Tell me your thoughts!