#BookBlogWriMo Day 9: How do you feel about annotating books?


Day 9: How do you feel about annotating books?

My opinion on annotating books has changed back and forth over the years. Growing up of course I couldn't write in all my library books and I honestly never even considered writing in any I owned. It wasn't until high school when I had a teacher who strongly encouraged us to write notes in the margins of books. To underline passages. To write all over them. Then I really got into it. It was like the floodgates had opened and I wrote notes in my books as I read. We used the same books year after year and I loved seeing what prior students had written in the margins. It was fun. 

Then I got to college and didn't have much time for pleasure reading. A few years of reading books for class, textbooks, etc, which I never wrote in so that I could sell them back at the end of the semester. I slipped back into the non-habit. Then it was back to all the library books and so I never really made notes in my books again. 

Now I read a lot of e-books which is much easier to make notes in. I did turn off the feature where it shows the most highlighted passages from others, I found it very distracting. I still don't highlight things very often, only when it is something that I absolutely love or really hate, something I want to make sure to remember in a review when I eat it later. There are a few authors that I love so much that I end up highlighting everything, but usually I go through a book without any notes. Plus my paperbacks are all books I have read already. They are all signed, but other than that I want them to stay nice and neat and beautiful. Yeah. So now I am on the highlight some passages in e-books, but no writing in real books camp. 

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