Annotating and Marking Your Books

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Annotating and Marking Your Books

Postby Aurelia Combeferre » Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:11 am

*inspired by the topic "The Care and Feeding of Bricks".

So which particular books of yours have you marked/annotated/highlighted/underlined as much or more than your Brick? How do you deal? Or do you NOT do these things at all to save your books?

I haven't marked my Brick, at all. However the book of mine that has had the most annotation and highlighting of my own doing is a copy of "The Social Contract". What else could I do while rereading it in a hospital waiting room? :lol:
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Re: Annotating and Marking Your Books

Postby 9430 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:59 am

I don't tend to annotate fiction books but I do to a small extent annotate textbooks, though never in a permanent fashion. I tend to feel as though I am defacing a book when I write in it. I also tend to annotate my Bible when the speaker in church says something about a passage that is worth noting down.

That being said, I did actually annotate my Julie Rose Les Mis the other day, just marking in some translation errors. And I found a copy of Macbeth the other day that was covered in biro (true, I bought it simply to annotate, but still).
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Re: Annotating and Marking Your Books

Postby merlin_emrys » Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:19 am

I don't tend to highlight or underline any books, really, but I'm terrible with turning down page corners. Just awful. It's mostly in novels and such, where I mark pages to remember particularly entertaining/enlightening/special quotes, so as to write them down or tell them to someone later, but I'll often do that just to mark a page. If there's something very specific that I want to remember, I'll usually make a note in the margin, but that doesn't happen often.

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Re: Annotating and Marking Your Books

Postby Roses for Ophelia » Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:01 am

I do the folding page corner things too, merlin, but it's mostly to mark my place. i also tend to leave books on their faces a lot, so parts i like tend to be automatically marked. i hate it when you take a book out of the library and someone has highlighted the hell out of it! Especially when they've highlighted practically the entire page and it's like ' why did you bother highlighting anything if you're gonna highlight everything?'
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Re: Annotating and Marking Your Books

Postby Aurelia Combeferre » Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:50 am

Oh gosh! I remember classmates who did that to their Shakespeare books when we were taking them up in high school. I would always be saying, "You guys are going to get lost come exams." And sure they did.
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Re: Annotating and Marking Your Books

Postby LaPetiteBeth1828 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:05 am

I've left both my copies of the Brick alone so far, but once to study for an essay exam on 'A Tale of Two Cities', I did fold down every single page mentioning Sydney Carton. *blush* Other than that I try not to dog-ear corners - my books get stuffed full of paper scraps instead, usually with the notes I wanted marked on them.

My Bible on the other hand, does get marked up pretty often and I think I did the same with my questions while reading 'Crime and Punishment' on my own. But generally whenever I'm in class I try to make notes on a separate paper as much as possible, even when the lecturer says to underline, because I know it'll distract me later when I come back to read it as a novel instead of for picking it apart.

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Re: Annotating and Marking Your Books

Postby Maria Combeferre » Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:19 pm

I never dogear my books, but I do underline quite liberally, and mark pages with post-it's. My first copy of the brick is quite a rainbow as I underlined every line I found wise, amusing or beautiful and marked every page that mentioned Les Amis *cough* My new copies on the other hand have so far escaped with the post-it treatment.
Oh, and I started rereading 'The Social Contract' today, post-it's in hand. There are two of them on every other page I've gone through so far, I think...
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Re: Annotating and Marking Your Books

Postby Martine Robespierre » Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:45 pm

I usually don't mark novels, if I have to take notes I do it on a sheet of paper. But with historical/political/philosophical books is a different matter, I annotated a lot my copy of the Social Contract, as most of you did, and almost all my books on the French Revolution.
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Re: Annotating and Marking Your Books

Postby Phan_in_Mizland » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:59 pm

The books I read for school are always annotated (my poor Tale of Two Cities...I love that book, but it's so written on) But I'm underlineing/hilighting my favorite quotes. (and perhaps doodling hearts evertime Jehan Prouvaire's name pops up.... :oops: ) But Dog-earing doesn't happen ib my world

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Re: Annotating and Marking Your Books

Postby enjolraslesunicorn » Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:14 pm

I'll dog ear books, but if I'm sharing them with somebody or they're too big that it won't actually work, I don't. But has anybody ever had those bookmarks that go on the page like a paperclip, but end up tearing the tops of the pages? Those annoy me to death...
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Re: Annotating and Marking Your Books

Postby saminana » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:37 pm

Those we read for school. Our French teacher even invites us to do so...
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Re: Annotating and Marking Your Books

Postby LauraLeZunzu » Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:57 pm

Since I started to read politics and philosophic books, I mark those. I don't ever mark drama books (I don't know how to say it in english, but literature books, like that tells stories... I don't know...) but because I'm not used to it haha I mean, those which I don't like I don't mark them because they are not worth it. And those I like, it is impossible to me to mark them, I feel like it was to "hurt" them hahaha like when I was reading les mis, I felt the temptation to mark some quotes because the were amazing, but I just couldn't do it hahaha
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Re: Annotating and Marking Your Books

Postby Morgan » Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:54 pm

(Is 'novels' the word you're looking for, Laura?)

I dogear non-fiction a lot, like a lot a lot. I also write in non-fiction books but only ever in pencil. Never ever ever in pen or highlighter.
I didn't do either of those things much before starting uni, but then I started folding over corners to mark out "things that will be useful for this essay" and that turned into doing it even when there was no essay. And then I got sucked into the marginalia wars that are waged in many, many of the books in the university library and it was all downhill from there.

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Re: Annotating and Marking Your Books

Postby WhoIam » Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:18 pm

I dogear pages where I like the quotes in novels, right now I have the Bible open to Isaiah (for my Jean Prouvaire tumblr) and it's highlighted all over the place. I am annotating my Brick where the F/M translation screwed with the argot.
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Re: Annotating and Marking Your Books

Postby a-nom-de-plume » Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:12 am

My edition of the Brick is, and will remain, untouched (in the sense of dog-ears and annotations). It's 27 years older than I am, not in the best state of conservation. I have a bad habit of putting too much pressure when writing by hand, and writing with that much pressure could probably rip some of the pages.

And, seeing as a new edition would cost me 120 reais (roughly 60 dollars), it would be a terrible idea to ruin the one I own.

Regarding the academic texts I have to read for my classes, I have to underline and make margin notes, as it makes it easier to find the parts I need when writing my end-of-semester exams. It's a wonder that our department has a tradition of allowing consulting material in exams.
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