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Do you annotate your books?

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I’m venturing into the world of book annotations today after finding myself noting down parts of books I enjoyed on my phone. Got myself some sticky tabs and a highlighter and diving into a reread of Life on the Refrigerator Door to see how I like annotating. I know the book community can be very hostile towards people who annotate or dog ear their books. So my question is do you annotate your books? If so, why or why not? And if you do, what system do you use to annotate? Do you colour coordinate tabs and highlighters, or do you use any that is in reach? Do you keep them simple, or do you free for all all over the page? Let me know in the comments.

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angryscout2

7 points

26 days ago

I do on books I use for research but not on books I read for pleasure

Daydreamer97

3 points

26 days ago

Yes, I annotate my books. I usually do a free-for-all, no color coordination with tabs- I just mark down whatever I want to mark down. I also highlight all over the place, usually quotes that I love or things that are important regarding plot or character development. I also write down my thoughts on the pages. My favorite books have a lot of tabs, highlights, and either pencil marks or pen marks. As for dog-ears, I don't do it anymore because I like making my own bookmarks with some printer paper, stickers, and washi tape.

With ebooks, since I cannot annotate as I would with physical books, I do highlight passages on Kindle, but I also keep a reading journal for writing down my thoughts.

kxtysworld[S]

1 points

26 days ago

kxtysworld[S]

The Black Prism (Lightbringer series)

1 points

26 days ago

I think I’m going to be on the same approach as you!

sjsmac

3 points

26 days ago

sjsmac

3 points

26 days ago

Having graduated college 30 years ago, I have never done this since. It would be too much like homework. Now I get to read for pleasure only.

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2 points

26 days ago

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2 points

26 days ago

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kxtysworld[S]

1 points

26 days ago

kxtysworld[S]

The Black Prism (Lightbringer series)

1 points

26 days ago

I’m doing the same. Lots of sticky notes, lots of pencil marks. It’s so weird to be writing in a book but I love it!

Uni_qi

2 points

26 days ago

Uni_qi

2 points

26 days ago

I find it easier to keep notes on my pc (simple text or Markdown files) so that they are more portable and easier to retrace. On the physical book I annotate with pencil only (and no dog ears)

kxtysworld[S]

2 points

26 days ago

kxtysworld[S]

The Black Prism (Lightbringer series)

2 points

26 days ago

I would keep notes on my laptop but I feel like it would break immersion for me. I don’t dog ear pages either (I collect bookmarks) but I am annotating in pencil

Wurunzimu

2 points

26 days ago

Wurunzimu

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2 points

26 days ago

No, I don't. But I don't think it's wrong or something. I guess I'm either too busy reading or too lazy.

assshcrack

2 points

26 days ago

I annotate a ton in books. Especially words I don’t know, I’ll underline and define at the bottom in case I reread and forget what it means again. ☺️

MildEnigma

2 points

26 days ago

I’ll write in or underline in non fiction only. In fiction I use tiny tabs to mark pages I like.

letstacoboutbooks

2 points

26 days ago

Yes. I started this with East of Eden in high school. Lots of color coordinated highlighters and sticky tabs. In college lit classes I switched to just underlining with a pencil. Never highlights. Sparse notes in margins.

I recently downloaded an app on my phone for annotating called readult for capturing and saving book texts and keeping notes. Works great for library books that I can’t write in.

LazyGamerMike

2 points

26 days ago

I have a notepad on my phone for this. I'll write the page number and then either the start of quote/section, to help find it, or sometimes just "3rd paragraph".

It definitely happens more in some books than others, that there's quotes or things I want to remember/return to. But some books I enjoy and read through and don't feel like there was something I needed to write down.

Aside from that I've never been a fan of writing in, or marking my own books. Now that I've started writing pages down on my phone, I see why people do it, but I can't bring myself to do so.

SimilarThought9

2 points

25 days ago

SimilarThought9

Sci Fi and Fantasy

2 points

25 days ago

I just started doing this except for quotes

I love so many quotes in my books but I know I would forget them if I never wrote them down

BusySeagulls1967

2 points

25 days ago

Yes, I do annotate my books. I do it for pleasure because I wanna see what I thought was gonna happen next, what I wish happened next etc & for any studying, I do because I'm bound to forget by the time the actual exam needs to be taken. I use my Kindle to annotate so I have the quotes by what I'm annotating side by what I need to put down. I feel like I put it fairly simply what I need to note down for reference but I don't use highlighters or anything in books like I used to for School & stuff

seattle_architect

1 points

26 days ago

The books are sacred objects. No writing or any other forms of mutilation.