While talking to Nikki in the comments section of my TBR Spotlight post about authors, she had suggested I talk about how I mark up my books as I had talked about my love for doing it in my post and I thought it was a really great idea for a post so that’s exactly what today’s post is going to be all about!
I feel like I’ve talked about my love for marking up my books quite often and asked you guys’ opinions on whether or not we should write in our books a couple of months ago too and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t read it yet! Of course, feel free to share your thoughts too! I would love to get your view on it!
Now, let’s get into four ways that you can mark up any book you are currently reading or plan on reading soon!
I feel like this is the easiest and quickest way to mark up any kind of book – it’s also how I got started a few years ago. There was a time when I didn’t do anything to highlight favorite scenes or dialogue but then I very slowly started using tabs/sticky notes (whatever you want to call them) and as time went on I would tab more and more things in my books. Every tab I used was color coordinated within a series to make sure I could flip through favorite scenes easily which sometimes resulted in me having to create cheat sheets because I was using so many different tabs (I am looking at my ACOMAF copy here) and there was no way of me remembering what they all meant – especially down the line.
PS: If you are going to use tabs to mark your books up, please use ones that either have transparent parts on them or are made of a material that is see through. Otherwise re-reading a book will be quite difficult!
If you would’ve told me a few years ago that I would ever use highlighters in books I would have probably laughed at you. These days, if you take a look at the books I’ve read you’re very likely to find a ton of highlighted paragraphs (and sometimes pages) and I love it. I love being able to see exactly what I liked so much (which isn’t always the case with a tab) about something I wanted to make sure to mark up in any kind of way.
While I will usually just use highlighters in my books I’ve also started using fineliners more often and it gives my books an entirely different look again! I can also quickly write down a note next to something I marked up this way and don’t have to search for a different pen to do it which obviously makes for a quicker reading experience! I think I first saw people on booktube use these pens in their books and I really loved the look of it, so I had to try it out too! Obviously, you can color coordinate with these pens too which would make finding scenes easier for sure – especially since these pens aren’t as in your face as a highlighter.
Tabs + Highlighter/Fineliner
This is usually what I go for whenever I’m reading a book because I like being able to see how many things I marked by just looking at the book from the outside! Some of my favorite books that I love going back to over and over again to read random scenes are books that have both the tabs and then either highlighter or fineliner used on the inside at the same time! There is honestly something so aesthetically pleasing about a book with lots and lots of tabs in it!
How About You?
Are you the kind of reader who marks favorite scenes? If so, what do you usually use? Is there something you would use over something else? Let’s discuss in the comments below!