Annotating books: yay or nay?
Yay for me, highlighters mostly. On my non fiction books. I just need to do something with the highlighted parts after I have finished the book. Either write them down in a journal or blog to keep it fresh as I tend to forget!
Depends on the book, in all of them I put book marks if I want to check some information out. But normally I highlight or annotate on my studies books.
Only non fiction
non fiction and for study purposes
Your own, please, not library books. ?
I annotate passages that I find particularly beautiful, or wise, or relevant to my life. I tell myself I will go back and write them in my book journal for easy access, but I don’t always follow up and then, if I don’t own the book, they are lost to me.
If it’s your own, why not?
You probably won’t be around as long as the book. Your highlights would be a distraction for someone else. I just don’t believe in defiling books for any reason.
@Kathy I have a number of books that were underlined and annotated by a previous owner. I don’t find the comments distracting but, rather, I find them fascinating. I feel as though I am reading the book with the person and I find myself arguing with them, in writing, in the margins. I find it makes the book more pleasurable. Of course, I got the books BECAUSE they were annotated by the former owner.
@Patricia, I can understand that very well. It’s just from a book collector’s point of view, it ruins the value, and the book or manuscript is less likely to be saved in the long term.
Kathy Toavs, this May be true about book sellers, however, I know there are some book sellers who seek out books from authors and others and sell them as such to those who wish to have them. For this I am most grateful.
Finding an old book thats been annotated by somebody unknown. Now thats what I’m talking about
Absolutely yes. Always have, always will.
If it’s your own book and makes you happy, why not?
Yes, I write in my books, but I would never write in someone else’s book.
Yes. If mine
Not unless it’s an ereader.
My own cookbooks, absolutely! ??
I do that all the time!
Kindle allows highlighting and annotation.
Do what you like in your own book, nothing at all in a library book.
Yes, if you own it!
Absolutely.. often.. forever.. when reading I am seldom without a pen, pens, in hand and, also a journal at hand.. if it’s your book!
Me also, except for me a pencil. I have a good pencil sharpener on had because I hate writing with a dull pencil. I even underline fiction. Sometimes I underline a hint/clue in a mystery book, or something I think is a hint or clue. I also write in the margin or top of the page my ideas of whodunit as I read said mystery. This might be annoying to someone reading it after me, so I erase when I am done. I also find that you can find some gems in fiction that are worthy of remembering. I also remember once reading a novel where I came upon a sentence that made no sense to me and I figured out that a well placed coma did the trick, so I penciled in the coma and continued reading. It was a very good book.
@Patricia, ? I favour, and buy, by the box,(accounting) mechanical pencils.. blue or black on one end, red on the other..
Kathleen Ellen, I should buy stock in Ticonderoga. All of my pencils are yellow and most have those erasers we buy for kids by the dozens.
@Patricia , lifelong recognition, office supply budget.. personal and professionally, as an early childhood, literacy educator I have ever admitted the entrancement of brick and mortar as well as online bookstores, … hardware stores and **stationary store.. products.. colour coding in all supplies.. products ie , butterfly clips, files folders.. creative art supplies .. **bullet/journals.organized storage.. glitter and entrance me.. books are often found at Blick and Staples I am most particular and maintain deep supplies.. art pencils, mechanical pencils with waders and cuffs.. Ticonderoga, yes..
This is why I don’t do the library! I like to underline and write my thoughts in the white space.
I did this with my copy of FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury. It’s one of my top 3 favorite literary classics of all time and I felt a weird sense of accomplishment in doing it. It makes it feel so personal and I was able to analyze and understand everything so much more. I think it’s necessary sometimes, especially with literary classics because they’re often used in teaching.
I don’t annotate everything, just certain books. I should also point out that I use pencil and also own two copies of the book.
I like reading them but cant bring myself to write in a book.
Yes… But only in my Kindle
I never liked it until I took an English class in college that I learn how to do it and in the end it helped me understand the book better.. so yes!
I have notebooks for quotes.
As long as it’s not a borrowed book.
Copy quotes is about it except my Bible. Wouldn’t even think to write in a book unless i am gifting it and I want to personalize it for the recipient.
Yes, yes, yes!
Yes… I know what some may feel about it but I sometimes enjoy flicking through books I read when I was at university… I currently only annotate work books…
only if i know that i’m keeping it
I’ve only done it like once in my 10th grade English class and I think it confused me a little more (it was a Shakespeare book)
Only in some of my “how to” books. Mostly, I put comments and notes on Post its, where appropriate.
No. Never. Ever. I cannot deface a book. That’s what notebooks are for.
No, only your own textbooks that you don’t want to sell. That was a lvery long time ago.
Often. Also, I stick reviews, pertinent pictures or articles in the book for reference. And I’ve been know to high-ligh certain passages I want to remember.
After I have read the book without it. Sometimes gives more depth
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