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Discussion: Book Scribblers

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My college professors encouraged taking notes while reading. But they didn't mean in a notebook or on Post-its; they wanted us to actually write IN the book. Underlining, highlighting, jotting down questions and thoughts in the margins...you know, general scribbling.

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With one exception (Don Quixote), I couldn't bring myself to do it. I used Post-its, I typed notes in emails, but I couldn't write in the books. It felt too much like defacing. And, when forced to analyze my reluctance, I also realized I didn't write in books because I might reread them, and I hate it when my books have handwriting. It's distracting and messy and...yeah.

But I know not everyone is as crazy about this stuff as I am. (But I know at least one other person has to be bothered by writing in books and reading books with scribbles.)

I've gotten the impression a lot of book bloggers take notes either during or after reading. Is that true for you? Do you have any special method for note-taking? Or are you one of *gasp* the dreaded book scribblers? ;)

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  1. Oh, this is a huge issue for me. I can't write in my books. I tried once, when we had to read The Great Gatsby for class and I still regret it, even though I didn't like the book. I also use sticky notes so my books usually look funny once I'm done with them, all colourful bits sticking out of them.

    But I *loathe* people who write in library books! I sometimes get a book I need for my studies and it's ruined - the person who underlined things read the book for a different reason than me, so the information that seemed important to him/her isn't what I'm looking for... Anyway, if I was a librarian, I'd check every returned book for scribbles and then ban the offender from the library :) I'd make it a permanent ban for repeate offenders!

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    1. Haha, you would be one strict librarian!

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  2. I have a notebook where I keep notes while I'm reading - it helps me remember key moments and impressions I had when I need to write my review. I take notes every 100 pages (or 50, if the book is just over 100). I NEVER write in my books.

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    1. Haha, it's good to know I'm not alone. ;)

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  3. My professors encouraged the same thing! My freshman Lit prof even would check our books to see if we were keeping enough notes. Ridiculous! I never write in fiction books, there never seems to be a need. I may underline in non-fiction books that I have a physical copy of, but I couldn't ever write notes. It wouldn't make any sense to anyone later, including me.
    As soon as I finish a book I am going to review, I grab my little notebook and write down random thoughts or start a rough draft of the review. I give it a rating, I might change it later, but that way I can remember what I thought of it right after finishing.

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    1. Yep...those academics and their odd habits. That's basically how I review books- jot down notes once done. :)

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  4. Granted I was a liberal arts major so didn't have to memorize long equations or every bone in the body or anything of the like. But I NEVER take notes. At best I use ripped up paper to mark a page I thought I would need to reference or quote from.

    Same has happened to me as a blogger. I should take notes; at times I have to look furiously just to find the name of characters. But I just don't. I read then hope i remember enough to make the review coherent.

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    1. I know what you mean. I usually absorbed what I needed just from reading in college, and now I jot down thoughts after finishing a book.

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  5. *gasps* I could never write in a book. I don't even like lending a book incase they crease the spine or doggy-ear a page. Writing in it is just horrible! lol

    I don't take any notes at all when reading. If I'm reviewing it I'm often flipping back through to find a name or something. The book is no fun if you're even thinking of stopping to write something down ;)

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    1. We readers are very protective of our books, aren't we? ;)

      I tried taking notes while reading once, but it was too much wok. Easier to write down my thoughts once finished.

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  6. Wonderful topic, Kel. I like you could NEVER EVER SCRIBBLE IN A BOOK. I remember my teacher in high school made it mandatory for a few and those were obvious exceptions but I hated it. I'm picky though, I also don't do the "dog-ear" thing...that drives me nuts too.

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    1. Exactly. Don Quixote was my one exception, and they were mostly questions on the translation. Dog-earring is a no-no for me, too. That's what bookmarks are for. :)

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