How do you mark your page? (Tough questions for the bookish)
I have a confession to make.
I will take a new book and damage it forever by folding the corner of the page. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing. What else have I used to mark the page? Once I actually drew a star on the corner (my rebellious phase?) but I largely use anything handy.
Items I have used as a bookmark:
- my phone
- a rock
- a straw (and yes, even I find this a little gross)
- a potato chip (it got grosser…apologies)
- another book cover (it works)
- my brain (try holding the page number in your brain for a day)
- a pencil
- a strand of my hair (have I lost you completely?)
- a ribbon
What I don’t use as a bookmark:
- an actual bookmark
People gift me bookmarks all the time; resilient cardboard, fancy metal types shaped like a crook, wooden, and braided. I don’t use them. I consider it sometimes and then move on.
But I have my limits. I dog-ear once and put the book away. When I resume I straighten the page out and keep reading. I never consider a dog-ear ornate approach that makes my book resemble an accordion, or keep the dog-ear for all eternity. Even a book abuser has their limits.
I have also been known to write notes in the borders, underline passages, and crack the spines.
Where is your line on book treatment? Have I gone too far?