Preservatives November 15, 2007
Today’s question comes from Conspiracy-Girl:
I’m still relatively new to this meme so I’m not sure if this has been asked yet, but I’m curious how many of us write notes in our books. Are you a Footprint Leaver or a Preservationist?
For me, it depends on why I’m reading the book, and if it’s a paperback or hardcover.
When I read for my book club, I am definitely a footprint leaver. I highlight favorite passages I want to refer back to. Sometimes I’ll use sticky notes to mark pages, but more frequently I turn the corner down. I scour the book for discussable moments. It feels much more like studying for a class than reading for pleasure (not that it isn’t pleasurable!) I go over discussion questions and look for answers. I write down thoughts about characters and any connections I’ve made with other books we’ve read as a group. It seems I get so much more out of a book club book than I do when I’m just reading for myself, and if I lend it to you, you will find all my highlighting and scribbles.
Hardcover books are a different matter. If I’m keeping a book for my personal library, or if a book is borrowed, I’m very careful with it. No dog ears, no highlighter. Only the book club selections get marked up. All others stay clean.
What about you? Preservationist or footprint leaver?