When we were first married, my husband bought a new Bible. The first thing he did was to sit down at his desk with a pen.
I gasped. “What are you doing?”
“I’m transferring notes from my old Bible so I’ll have them.” At that point, I think he’d also started in with a yellow highlighter.
I had never seen anyone do this. When I was growing up, I had one Bible. When I was in the third grade, my parents gave me a King James Version, with a white cover, engraved with “Tamela Ann Hancock” that I treasure to this day. I never, ever, considered taking a pen to it.
Now I have a fabulous collection of Bibles. But I still don’t write in any of them. Nor do I ever dog-ear or write in other books, whether they be mass-market or leather bound. When I’m finished reading any book, you’d barely know I touched it.
I thought about this, and realized it’s because when I was growing up, I borrowed most of the books I read from the school or community library, or from friends. I would never leave my mark on any of those books if I could help it. So I never developed the habit of taking notes. In school, we were taught never to leave any book open, pages on the table, to mark our place, because it would break the spine. We were taught not to dog-ear any books. As a result, I got in the habit of leaving every book as pristine as possible.
Perhaps my heirs would find my notes fascinating if I were to make observations inside any of the books I own. But alas, unless I change my habits, they’ll just have to guess about my thoughts.
Do you write in your books?
Do you record notes in your Bible?
Do you think I should start making my mark on the books I own?
I took amazing care of my books until I started college. I discovered some of the used books I bought had been high-lighted. As I read the chapters, I noticed the previous owner(s) had marked the most important sections. When it came time to study for exams I went back to the high-lighted sections.
This week I picked up one of my older Bibles. I bought it at my minister’s suggestion for an intense Bible study he was about to lead. I made notes in that Bible like crazy. Notes on things he said, and notes on how I felt. It was such a sweet time going back and reading through one of the NT books.
Like your husband, I have learned the art of marking up books to make them useful to me.
Interesting question, Tamela.
I highlighted textbooks in college because it helped the important information go into my brain and made it easier to review for exams. At work, I have made notes in pencil in technical books I owned, but normally I don’t mark up books.
I never write in my Bible or use a highlighter. As a child, I attended a denomination where people didn’t carry their own Bibles to services. My friends who went to Bible-carrying churches as kids tend to underline and write in the margins. Maybe that has something to do with whether you write in your Bible or not. I do mark locations with small strips of paper and write on those. My favorite Bibles are stuffed with the little strips. I never write in works of fiction, but I may insert paper strips at favorite locations.
I think my reluctance to mark up books goes back to the training I received in grade school on how to treat textbooks. I still use what I learned to break in a new hardback so the book will stay open without the spine getting creased. It was stressed that you never, ever wrote in the school-owned textbook.
I live with two book reading humans(mum and brother) who resonated the importance of reading since I was 12, about six years now. My brother borrows books a lot and makes notes in them with a pencil. His personal books are a different story.
My mum keeps notebooks for taking note from books. If she feels a need to make notes in the book she’s reading, she gets a personal copy.
And I take after my mum. For fiction though, most of my copies are ebooks, and I don’t highlight.
Our bibles? I started writing in mine about four months ago.
Mrs Hancock, I would advise you start writing in yours. You have great insights and words of wisdom to share. It would help the heirs.
I’ve taught college English for years. It’s fun to teach students to annotate in the margins. Some jump right into it, and some are horrified. Do I? Yes, if it’s any type of book I’ll reference again (like my Bible). Happy reading, everyone!
I do write in books: making notes, underlining, and highlighting. I even do this in my Bibles – with one exception. For some reason I can’t mark in a Bible with a leather cover. It doesn’t make sense, but it’s a weird quirk of mine.
A collector of rare books ran into an acquaintance who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box. He happened to mention that Guten-somebody-or-other had printed it.
“Not Gutenberg?” Gasped the collector.
“Yes, that was it!”
“You idiot! You’ve thrown away one of the first books ever printed. A copy recently sold at an auction for half a million dollars!”
“Oh, I don’t think this book would have been worth anything close to that much,” replied the man. “It was scribbled all over in the margins by some guy named Martin Luther.”
My Bible definitely is highlighted and a few notes are written either in it or sticky notes. I highlight the verses that resonate at the time. I try to read through the Bible every year and sometimes a memory of why I highlighted a particular verse comes as I am reading – I can see how God worked in me through those verses.
College textbooks are an absolute highlighted book. And now, I highlight writing books – you should see my copy of Fiction Writing for Dummies! To the person who replied about ebooks – you can highlight them too.
Fiction books – novels, biographies, suspense are hardly ever highlighted. I often pass hard/paperbacks on to other readers. My library is becoming more digital and harder to pass on but I still don’t highlight them.
I suggest you try highlighting one of your ebooks first to see if you can get over the trauma – they can always be unhighlighted… Good reading!
I love to highlight and make notes in my Bible and in books I am studying (non-fiction books, only, of course). I feel like it helps me learn better and helps me find a particularly amazing passage again later. 🙂
I do not write in books I read for pleasure. However, I do mark up the classic literature books that I teach. Teaching the same book year after year, I am often surprised at the new things I discover about the story.
My mother taught me to write in my Bible. Often it is simply the name of the speaker, the date, and the church in which I am attending. But other times I jot down nuggets of truth I to which I might wish to return one day. It becomes a history; a record of where I’ve been, the people I’ve known, and the impact others have made on my life.
In the church I grew up in, one of the older ladies wrote all sorts of events in her Bible. She had maintained a complete history of the church and events of the community in which she lived. As far as I know, that history was lost with her passing. The Bible is gone. The story she had to tell is no more.
I write so much in my Bible that I’m embarrassed to let anyone see it. Eyes grow wide and eyebrows rise around me when I open it in public. But still, I keep writing. I don’t trust my memory. I’ve found written gems in my handwriting that I have no memory of. Reading them is like discovering them for the first time. And the dates in the margins bring up emotional connections as I remember when that particular verse spoke to my life so much that I had to date it.
As far as less holy books, I once had the privilege of going through past president of the Billy Graham Crusade in Columbia, SC Harry Dent’s library and taking any of his books that I wanted. He was downsizing his library at the end of his life. His written notes in the margins of the many books I took were like a view into the mind of a genius and man after God’s own heart. I’m not sure that anyone will ever take my books and my notes and have the same feeling, but I’ve done a lot of work for them if they’re note takers. 🙂
I write, highlight and sometimes even date passages of scripture that were meaningful for certain events. I love being able to go back and see the passage I found comforting during 9-11, or when our oldest left for Afghanistan. There are so many things that can be recorded by a simple notation.
As far as reference books.. I usually buy hard copies so I can underline and highlight. It helps me remember the areas that I need the most help kindle. in, which is why I usually don’t buy reference books to read on my Kindle. You can highlight and underline, but it isn’t the same.
I do write in my Bible and in devotional books (I’ve yet to mark up a fictional book – unless highlighting in my Kindle counts ha!). But I wouldn’t think of transferring over my notes…I’ve had one Bible since High School and, while I love my notes in it, I see the notes as an expression of something I learned. When I got my new ESV Study Bible I decided I would “start new” and see what the Lord pointed out to me. It’s still hard to get over writing on the pristine pages…but I think in the end it’s worth it. I wouldn’t, however, say it’s a requirement 😉
I’m like you – you would never know I had read a book by looking at it. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. There are times I wish I had some notes in a book I had read. Perhaps I can learn to mark them up! I think the notes later would be great memories.
Like Emilie, I highlight, underline, and write notes all over the margins in my Bibke and my non-fiction books. It draws me back to important information when I come back to that chapter or book. On the other hand, I do not write or dog ear my Fiction books. I like those to look new as possible.
I can’t imagine not writing in my Bible. I have several versions and they all have notes in them. I love going to a passage and seeing my notes there. Sometimes it shows me how I’ve grown in my walk and at other times I appreciate the note because it further explains the passage.
I also will mark up a novel, noting a way the author expressed something that I think is well written, or a tag line or power action verb. I never copy the line into my own writing, of course, but I do gain a strong influence to write in my own voice the powerful way the author is writing in the book I’m reading.
I didn’t grow up where the Bible was honored or revered. Oh we had one, but all three of us lacked the knowledge of a personal walk with the Lord and the Bible came out occasionally (usually at Christmas and Easter). Still, when I first came to Christ I would never dream of writing in the Bible, but when I saw my mentors doing so and how helpful it was, it didn’t take long to do the same. I could never only have a Bible on Kindle or any other ereader. I know you can highlight but it’s not the same.
I have teenhood memories of emotional morning devotions in the sunrise on a log by the lake, red pen on onionskin bleeding all over the page. Ripening understanding of textual meaning paralleled my dawning realization that highlighters left words readable (!) and I eventually grew into pencil and filled the margins with less mood and more teaching. Tamela, your interesting subject snapped fingers at me: No wonder, in my debut novel, I used sensuous flirtations jotted into a Bible by illicit boyfriend as a motif to introduce Greek mythology and his paganism. You’ve been a psychologist to me this morning. : ) ALL of my books are very dog-earred and overwritten–and the greatest failing of e-books, IMO, is that typing comments is not nearly as satisfying.
Brennan S. McPherson
I basically never write in any books. Tried developing the habit, but it just doesn’t seem to be very helpful to me. I think it’s because I was homeschooled and learned primarily through reading/discussion, rather than note-taking. When I got to college I felt like a weirdo when I realized I had just been staring at the lecturer for the past hour while everyone else had been staring at the notes they’d been jotting down. Never hit me until then that it was strange not to take notes, and believe it or not I had a hard time seeing the benefit because I found taking copious notes to be distracting. Finally I took a class where, at the end of the semester, your grade was partially dependent upon you turning in all the notes you took during the lectures (to prove you were paying attention). My face went white because I realized I hadn’t taken any notes because I’d been paying so close attention to the lectures, and had no way of proving I’d been doing so, other than by verbally reciting the content of each one. Very strange experience… (I did learn the skill out of necessity in college, but it’s still not a natural daily habit) I definitely think it’s beneficial to take notes, I just can’t convince myself it’s worth it to do so unless the need strikes. Anyone else feel the same?
I write all over in my Bible. I never did growing up. Like you, I would have been appalled at the thought! But as I learned to study the Bible and treat it like a tool, instead of an object to be revered on a shelf, I found myself “having” to make this note or that note while I listened to the sermon. Later on I learned to date the notes and now I find it fascinating to go back and look at the notes and the dates and remember where I was in my life when that passage meant something special to me. 🙂
I’m also the person in charge of our church library. I encourage everyone to write their names in the front pages of the books they read. That’s a great conversation starter, when you see someone else has read the book you’re holding.
I suspect, in addition to our training and whether the books belong to us or not, marking in books largely depends on whether we see reading as spectator activity or as a transaction with the author where we freely engage.
I definitely write in my Bible, but I use a mechanical pencil so it doesn’t bleed through the pages. Only now that I’m older, I can barely read that fine print of decades of note-taking.
I just started marking up novels, too, as I study the craft of writing. I recently discovered Ivan Doig and his books are not only marked up, I cross reference themes and keep lists in the back of book. I also write definitions of words I don’t know. Sometimes I highlight sentences that are so lovely they are artwork. Other times I write in the books concerning the plot structure, or whatever I am studying at the time.
But, those marks do bring a small amount of guilt…
Joy Avery Melville
I most definitely write in my books and BIbles – in fact- I purchased a new Bible to begin 2016 because I’d marked so many notes and highlights in my last one, I felt I was HANGING onto those notations for light into THOSE specific Scriptures. I need fresh insight and need to make NEW notes as I study and read. Unlike your husband, I don’t transfer notes – I keep the Bibles from before and start fresh with the next one. I LOVE going back over the Scripture and seeing how I’ve grown and/or interpreted a verse or passage differently from one Bible to the next.
I’ve made Critiquing notes in fiction books – both things I’ve found that I need to incorporate into my writing as well as those things to stay away from – BUT – there are some books that hold pride-of-place by some of my favorite authors that have nary a mark in them and sit on my KEEPER SHELVES in my library my hubs put together for me….the other books grace shelves in my basement that he put up for me there – a form of REFERENCE as well as books to RE-read – as I just can’t seem to help myself from doing.
Here’s an idea for your older, marked Bibles. I once gave one to a younger gal who was a baby Christian. She didn’t own a Bible of her own, never had. Michael had recently bought me a new version that I loved, and so I handed her my old one. She told me later how much it meant to her to see my notes. They helped her understand some of the passages. So those old marked-up Bibles can be a blessing to someone else when we’ve moved on.
Yes on all accounts! I know it can look messy, but I see this as a sign that something is truly loved. I especially like to read thoughts from years back as I re-read passages. I see growth in those pages and am comforted by it.
Until about 10 years ago, I would never consider writing in my Bible. I’d take notes on paper. It didn’t seem right to deface sacred text. Now I mark it so the next time I read the passage i’ll be reminded of why that passage struck me.
I also mark novels I read when I see a great turn of a phrase or another way to express body language. These books are like text books to me even when I read for fun.
Some books I’ll mark. I have an old Bible from childhood that I did 🙂 I keep it to make notes because I want them all in one place. I have my great-great grandfather’s Bible. He made notes. But one of the coolest things are the fingerprints that yellowed onto his favorite pages. If you’ve ised your Bible for years, your great grandchildren will see your fingerprints on your Bible pages. And those just may imprint on their hearts as they see what you read the most.
Brennan, I am like you! I find taking notes during a lecture or sermon to be distracting, as I process the words in my head in a different way. I do have some passages in my bible underlined and highlighted, and have a few notes in the margins here and there, so it’s not that I am opposed to marking a book. Even when I am speaking, I only make a few notes as time markers, and prefer to relay the information to my audience straight from my mind. I wonder if some of it is how we personally process information, because I certainly retain and comprehend the information the same as my note-taking friends. But I appreciate this post, as I am often teased for a being “a writer who never writes anything down”!
Brennan S. McPherson
Exactly! When someone is communicating interesting information, I’d rather focus on exploring its significance than on transcription. I can never notate fast enough to then go back through and experience the information with anywhere near as much vibrancy. And at times I’ve found my recall is better than some note-takers, though maybe that has more to do with differing levels of fascination than of learning style.
An aside to this–I read very slowly. If my wife and I are reading something together, she’s flipping the page by the time I’m halfway down it. I wish I could read faster, because my wife has roughly equal short-term reading comprehension at about twice the speed, but I just find myself mulling over rabbit-trails and subconscious connections/etc. I think these things are related, at least for me.
What a fun post! Absolutely, I write in my books. My Bibles, too. In fact, I cannot read without a pen or pencil in hand. I make notes in the margins, circle all the strong verbs, and add stars and checks next to perfect metaphors or gripping symbolism.
Obviously, I have trouble with my Kindle, but when an e-book really grabs me, I buy a hard copy as well – if one is available.
Oh, the power of the pen – to record the good words and then underline/star/circle them!
It depends on if I see the book as a manual or reference book. So, yes, I make notes in my Bible, write corrections in my cookbooks and updates in my AP Style Manual, but I don’t write or dog ear other books.* Coincidentally, my niece just gave me a beautiful new Bible with wide margins especially made for journaling. I can’t wait to start using it!
*If I find a bad word or two in a novel that I’ve bought and otherwise love, I will often scribble them out. 😮
An interesting post…I thought everyone did what I’ve always done. 🙂
Every Bible I’ve ever owned is marked to the hilt with insights received after reading a chapter/ verse or a memorable comment gleaned from a Sunday morning sermon. When my mother passed away, her marked up Bible gave me a treasured glimpse of her walk with the Lord. I would hope to leave the same for my family.
As for other books, I rarely mark in them because I often read recycled books; I find it annoying when I come upon a page that has highlighted passages or underlined phrases.
Love today’s post. Good to learn I’m not alone in my Bible markings. I like the idea of using the sticky strips, never thought about using them in my Bible, but I will in the future such a great idea.
In Books of fiction I only make notes on the first few pages the offer blank space.
My misc. piles of guide books such as Writing Fiction for Dummies, I highlight, mark, write, make stars, all kinds of markings. As I write I go back to these books to help guide me through my writing process.
Never ever ever mark in a borrowed book, school books,etc.
My daughter has asked that I pass on my library to her. I told her I would as long as she has a room to hold them.
My love to everyone at the Steve Laube Agency, for this wonderful Blog and the educational opportunity offered.
I have a friend who allows me to borrow her books (I’m living abroad so it’s not so easy to have my own paperback library), and she always encourages me to write in them! At first it shocked me, but she likes to reread and apparently enjoys these markings. It’s not a habit for me so it’s difficult to remember to underline beautiful lines or scribble thoughts in the margin!
All that to say that I’m like you in this!
Mocha with Linda
I rarely write in regular books, although I occasionally will highlight or underline in a non-fiction book, but I do write in my Bible. My husband, however, is horrified by this. He said it was drilled into him as a child not to write in books.
However, I will say I tend toward his reaction to the whole artsy Bible-journaling thing. Writing notes is one thing. Turning it into a coloring book is over the top for me. LOL
I do annotate my books. I do it for myself, for going back and easily accessing my thoughts about a particular passage, and I do it with my kids in mind, if they ever open that book, they can see what their mother thought about this or that.
But, I don’t mark up my Bibles. Early on, I wrote on slips of paper, and inserted them. When “Post-Its” came out, I started using those to annotate my Bible. Tamela, if you just can’t bring yourself to mar the pages, perhaps you could try using stickies?
Kristen Joy Wilks
I grew up reading almost exclusively from the library as well. It wasn’t until I got a Nook that I became a buyer of books as well as a reader. But if I own the book, it is fair game! My Bible is color coordinated. Plain underline for interesting info, pink highlighter for Salvation related passages, green highlighter for spiritual growth or instructional passages, blue highlighter for comforting verses, and yellow for personal verses. I even wrote a key in the beginning of my Bible so that I wouldn’t confuse anyone who might actually glance at it after I die and I wrote important spiritual milestones in the back with the date. I love recording where God and I are at in my Bible. I don’t usually write in books that I own…but feel that I can if I want, although most of the books I own are actually ebooks.
I grew up watching my dad underline and write in his books and Bibles, so I always thought, that’s just what you do. In fact, he was an aggressive underliner and note writer. He probably went through 100 Bibles in his life—and I’m not kidding. Some of them are so marked up that he’s got notes ON TOP OF the old notes that faded and became unreadable! And he encouraged his students to likewise mark up their Bibles (BTW, he was a seminary professor, so that made it legal!).
Some great ideas are appearing here–I hope this adds to them!
Like others, I grew up in a very reading-oriented home and was taught to take perfect care of books–putting on craft paper book covers and NEVER writing in one, especially a Bible. In college, I started underlining in textbooks, out of necessity, and actually had little 6″ clear plastic rulers as bookmarks, so I could underline with perfection. At some point, I asked myself why I was doing that when I’m about 120% visual, and writing in my books in meaningful ways would help me to better understand and remember what I had read. I think I used up a whole box of yellow highlighters when I read thousands of pages of text in books and articles for my doctoral research! Without doing that, I’m positive that I never could have found important ideas again when I needed to plug them into the dissertation.
Now a big part of the joy of personal Bible study is seeing things anew–as I always do–and marking them. I love identifying various literary devices in Paul’s letters, circling oft-repeated themes and connecting each circle to the next one in the series with a line (I’m working through contrasting themes of faith and works in Galatians this week–he used a lot of different words for each element in contrasting them). I’ve underlined all of Paul’s prayers.
I think we as a society, including in churches, have become too accustomed to mini-bites of text. I try to read at least several chapters of the Bible at a time and it’s always good for me to take a look at what I had been marking last–whether repeated themes or references in the epistles to things in Acts, and continue doing that as I continue in the text. I sometimes even color code! My dear mother would be appalled! ;-D
My parents gave me my first Bible, and I made notes in it while growing up and into adulthood. The pastor would often say “Underline this, it’s a good scripture.” I enjoy going back and seeing my notes from then. Also, when my grandma died, we inherited her Bible and I love seeing what was important to her. She, too, was a note-taker. In high school, at the encouragement of my English teacher, I started taking notes in the textbooks, and then just purchasing the book. (These were works of literature, so I knew I wanted them.) As for the rest of my books, nowadays, I like to keep them in pristine condition – no dog ears, no broken spines, no writing. Ms. Murray, I echo some of the other comments on here when I say maybe you should write in your Bible and some other books. Your loved ones in future generations will enjoy your insights! As in all things, let the Spirit lead!
I love this topic, Tamela! I not only write in my Bibles and books, but I love finding Bibles and books that others have written in. I have my grandmother’s, mother’s, and grandfather’s Bibles, all of which they wrote in. What a gift to see their thoughts on passages and words. It’s as though they’re sitting next to me as I read. And going through my Bibles reading my own notes helps remind me where I was in my walk with God, and often shows me how He has worked in my life.
My Bible is full of notes. Some pages look like I’ve written more than is printed. I also started writing in books I loved to read to study how the author drew me in so completely. But, if it’s not a study book, I’m careful not to dog-ear or break the spine.
What made me laugh about this post is that my mother-in-law also revered her books, except she could never let incorrect grammar pass. We have a few books of hers and, whether fiction or non-fiction, her precise cursive shows up wherever the wrong word or verb tense is used. (She’d also correct the grammar of people on TV, which was both annoying and hilarious.) She died over two years ago and left an extensive personal library behind. I grabbed a book the other day, not remembering that it came from her and, when I came across her distinct handwriting, it was like a hug from heaven.
Amy Boucher Pye
I review books so they come in and go out of our house frequently. I have an interesting subconscious inner check when I’m reading and deciding if I’m going to continue reading a book – whether I pick up a pen to underline something or make notes in it. If it’s good enough, it’ll be a keeper and I feel free to make it my own by writing in it. If not, I keep it pristine so I can pass it along to someone else. I do hesitate before making that first mark though.
I’m with you, Tamela. I treat books with great respect for both the authors and the words they impart. Especially so, in the case of the Bible. I am an avid reader and marked-up books can more of a distraction than a help for me. Each reader has their own opinion and I respect that. And as to whether you should start highlighting, etc., in your books, that’s up to you. But I’d rather buy you a coloring book. 😉
Every now and then, I underline, star, or highlight a phrase in a book I own and plan on keeping. I don’t do it often; I was taught not to mark up books.
I had a Bible that I underlined some words in, but I don’t do that with the Bible I use now. I never felt really feel comfortable doing that with a Bible. Instead, I buy inexpensive 6×8 notebooks that fit nicely in the vinyl Bible cover I use. I take notes during sermons, and copy Scripture verses. I underline, star, draw arrows toward lines, etc. in those notebooks. I read that a person remembers more when actually writing something down, as opposed to just reading it or even typing it. Also, I read an article about witnessing to Muslims; the article said never use a Bible that’s been highlighted or written in. Muslims regard that as offensive, and they will not listen to what you have to say.
I enjoyed reading this post and the comments. It was interesting to see what everybody had to say, and how similar or different we were taught regarding books.
All of my Bibles have been filled with notes. It’s like one preacher said when he picked up someone else’s Bible: “It’s hard to tell where God’s words end and man’s words begin.” But those notes are helpful when teaching a women’s Bible Study or going over a passage of Scripture with a new Christian. I’ve also been a note taker since my teen years. Being able to take notes and not miss what a teacher/preacher is saying next is what I regard as a gift. Then I sometimes transfer notes from my notes to my Bible. My favorite note ever is at the end of 2 Corinthians 5:21: “Wow! What a trade!” I still get a thrill when reading that verse–and my note.
Tamela Hancock Murray
Wow! I really appreciate everyone’s comments. Thanks to everyone for stopping by. I always learn so much from you!
I do write inside my books. In my Bible, I circle key words/themes that have been present in my mind for some time. When I am listening to a sermon, I will record a phrase or two that I may want to add to Twitter or to a thought that I need to share with a friend or with my family.
In literary works, I will underline as well. I tend to look at these works as templates for what technique, form, or character development I want to use in my own fiction or essays. I tend to use them as learning tools in craft. I look at POV and turn of phrase. I look at chronology and pace. I look at plot reveals and voice. It is helpful to look at other fiction to see how the author characterizes a certain event taking place.
Thanks for this topic, Tamela. I am glad to hear what people are doing.
I used to write in my Bible, but no more. I found that I was seldom impressed by my insights from previous years, which tended to be either immature or so obvious that they didn’t need to be noted. The pages of my current Bible are unmarked. Nowadays when a passage strikes me, I copy it into a journal, along with any commentary, which sometimes gets expanded into a blog post. I don’t mark in other books either, but the books I use for research are bristling with paper page markers. I prefer to let the text itself speak without some interposing interpretation, whether it’s my own or someone else’s.
Reading all 47 comments I smiled and enjoyed them. Coming from a classical teacher education background I can add a few thoughts. We learn by visual, auditory and touch with any combination of those senses being primary.
Along the way I sometimes wondered why I wrote, copied, and have just inked by way through studying and listening. Other students loved to copy my notes. I can actually read lips a little so I look at mouths some and write at the same time in a lecture.
Yes, my Bibles, Research books, magazines, advertising pages that show great graphics, printed emails: everything has lines, circles, squares and stars placed with notes over, on and beside all print. I actually reread these easily. So one would say I’m strongly touch orientated.
Lines are single or scratched back and forth multiple times showing importance more or less.
Little circles surround words to be defined in the following line.
Big circles can surround a consolidating subject.
Squares can be around a couple paragraphs for subject content.
Small squares around words defining the topic addressed.
Stars note this is important. Size of star with extra rays say this is really great.
Circles around stars in a folded page and page noted in back cover or blank pages say remember this.
So much fun. This makes me smile.
I do highlight and write notes in my Bible that I use on a daily basis. When using a daily devotional book I may want to highlight the verse for the day or make a quick note by the scripture. In regular books I normally do not mark in them, no dog ears, no flipping book over to save a page that is what bookmakers are for.
I have so many notes all through my Study Bible, though not as much through my smaller one I take to bible studies or lend out. Some notes have dates against them, others are quotes from sermons about the passage or epiphanies I’ve had while reading. I love flicking back through them, remembering moments and what God was doing in my life then. Almost like a journal!
I think you should definitely try it Tamela! Although maybe not in your special one. Get a Bible you don’t mind writing in, even if you buy it just for that purpose, and give it a go!
I would never write in a fiction book (although I do keep a notebook full of quotes from them which have impacted me, all referenced to the book and page) but my reference books/non-fiction are full of notes! I seriously struggle reading reference books as e-books purely because I can’t underline or take notes in them! Plus, it makes it easy to find things again later 🙂
One useful thing I have noticed though in fiction books I’ve borrowed from a friend is that she occasionally writes the dictionary meaning of a word in pencil in the margin if it’s uncommon. I’d never do it myself but it was certainly useful! Saved me the trouble of looking it up!
Yes, Tamela! Start making your books your own! I’ve had a “conversation” with nearly every print book I’ve ever owned–including my Bibles. I love reading the notes again and hope whoever looks at my books after I’ve given them away or after I’m gone will appreciate my comments.
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