To scribble or not to scrbble ,that is the question

Now I m in two minds having been against writing in the margins as I read a book ,and prefer taking notes in my note-book .But sometimes forget my  notebook or don’t note down a thought straight away I wonder if a pencil and notes in margins as I go is best .As I think back on  a book for review I sometimes have thought I need more notes ,so do I take this step and change habit of lifetime not writing in a book ?

What do you do ?

How do you keep track of thoughts as you read ?

Note don Quixote post tomorrow as I didn’t finish reading it til 2 in the morning this morning

23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mar
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 13:54:29

    I never really took notes, instead relying on my thoughts and feelings and the impact the book made on me after I finished it. But I must admit I find it a struggle to write reviews sometimes after I waited a bit too long. Perhaps I should get a notebook..


  2. Tati
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 13:57:34

    I never never ever write in a book, not even with a pencil, not even do I mark passages with a fine line.
    A book, an may it only be a pb, is sacrosanct, no markings and no Eselsohren, of course! 🙂

    But a little scribbling pad beside the book, on the desk or the bedside table is great…

    Nice post topic, Stu!

    Love, Tati


    • winstonsdad
      Aug 23, 2010 @ 14:00:40

      oh tati ,bit like I was for a long time still not wrote on a book yet but considering it ,all the best stu


  3. Rob
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 14:08:27

    Marginalia rules Stu. It took me ages to get around to doing it physically in my own books – as you may well remember – but once I took that difficult first step I haven’t looked back since. If nothing else it lets you get engage with the text more fully.

    Of course I will add that pencil is the only way to go when it comes to ‘marking up’ your books. but you already know that. If you’re still a bit hesitant Stu then you can always use Post-it Notes of Sticky tabs instead. It doesn’t offer you the same level of intamicy but it will ensure your books stay pristine.

    Personaly though I’d go for it. Good luck!


    • winstonsdad
      Aug 23, 2010 @ 14:30:17

      thanks rob ,may start with post it notes as a first off ,need get better at recording thoughts ,all the best stu


  4. Kinna
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 14:23:23

    I never write in my books. Then again, I’m so lazy that I don’t even take notes on other paper when I’m reading. I’ve been thinking that I should start taking notes so I don’t forget how I felt about the book as I was reading it as opposed to letting the ending sometimes dictate my impressions. So perhaps I will take Rob’s idea and use Post It Notes. My fear is that my reading will become an academic exercise if I start taking notes!


    • winstonsdad
      Aug 23, 2010 @ 14:31:52

      that what has happen to me ,especially when I ve been off and read a few books in a week ,so need some more note taking ,all the best stu


  5. amymckie
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 18:22:24

    I’ve been known to write in books from time to time. I normally write on a piece of paper though, or dog-ear the pages. Shock of shocks right? Write in a book AND dog-ear pages!


  6. Kevin Faulkner
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 19:09:58

    Annotate, annotate, annotate!

    Books are living tools to be used!

    The pencil is stronger than memory!


  7. Emily Jane
    Aug 24, 2010 @ 00:05:54

    I don’t write in books…I keep a special reading notebook. I don’t always have it with me though, so sometimes I end up with notes on scrap paper which I keep in the book itself. Not ideal, but I can’t bring myself to write in books anymore…I used to do it and felt racked with guilt every time.


  8. PrairieJournals
    Aug 24, 2010 @ 04:10:38

    I think post it notes are the way to go, since you can leave them in the pages that they relate to. They never go missing, and your books remain scribble free 🙂


  9. Tom C
    Aug 24, 2010 @ 07:02:25

    I am past the stage when books have to be revered because they are books. I scribble all over them and make notes in the inside covers. Not my problem what future owners think of it! – life is too short.


  10. Grace
    Aug 24, 2010 @ 15:32:59

    What a great question!
    I can never bring myself to write in fiction books – when I’m reading a borrowed book, I find other people’s annotations rather grating. I suppose I view books a little like a Stradivarius, I don’t own the text it is merely in my care for a time (phew, that sounds pretentious! moi?)
    With non-fiction it is the opposite. Particularly if I am studying I feel the need to scribble, annotate and doodle my way through the text.



  11. parrishlantern
    Aug 24, 2010 @ 19:23:28

    notebook & pen go everywhere I go, which when full I keep for future reference. thought about writing in books, but having bought 2nd hand books only to find them scribbled all over & not liking it, also a lot of my books come from the library. So for me its a notebook & I have quite a collection.


  12. chasing bawa
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 20:17:25

    I don’t take notes either but have been seriously thinking about getting a reading notebook as it’s difficult for me to recall my favourite quotes when writing reviews. I’m uncomfortable writing in books, just can’t do it, but it doesn’t bother me if others do it, as long as it’s their own books they’re writing in!


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