Annotating your books is a bit of a controversial thing. Some people are completely against it and others will defend it with everything they’ve got. Personally, I’ve been on both sides of the discussion.
I used to always keep my books as pristine as possible. I never wrote in them. I never left them open. I never dog-eared a page. I never put tabs in them. I tried not to crack the spine. I even went as far as finding bookmarks for my brother and sticking them in his book so it wouldn’t just lie open.
That has changed a bit. A few months ago I started to tab my books. I didn’t do it for my reviews. I did it so I could find the passages that made me laugh, that made me smile like an idiot, that made me cry, … In short I tabbed everything that meant something to me.
Then I saw this video by Ariel Bisset on BookTube. She talks about why she annotates her books and she inspired something in me. She makes a point by saying that you can find pristine books everywhere in bookshops, but if you annotate your book it’s unique. She loves to fill her personal library with her thoughts. I really liked that so a few days ago I finally did it. I picked up a pencil and started Juliet takes a breath by Gabby Riviera. (BTW, It’s an amazing book. Go read it!) It felt really good to mark what I found important.
What I do want to add is that I only do this to my own books. Not to library books. Not to books I lend from friends. I think that’s very important.
What do you think? Do you keep your books pristine? Do you tab them? Do you annotate them? Tell me!
So that’s my story when it comes to annotating your books. I still don’t dog-ear my pages though. I hope you enjoyed this post. See you next time!