Unless you’re a rabid bookworm with spare time sitting in bottles on your bookshelves who reads all books in one sitting . . . you are probably like me and have to use bookmarks. So I want to know . . . how do you bookmark? (Tweet this!)
There are many ways to accomplish the deed. Many bookventurers have their own bookmarking style. Let’s examine them, shall we?
The “Random Item” Bookmarker
Toothpicks, cell phone, hair ties, butter knives, receipts. You name it, it’s a bookmark. Sometimes I think I should start an Etsy shop to sell my spare receipts as bookmarks. (Actually, I never think that.) I used to do this all the time until I became an author. Now I have giant stacks of A Time to Die bookmarks sitting around with font too small for anyone to read (because I had no idea what I was doing when I first made them.)
But at one time, I’d use money. Usually because I had crumpled little dollars in my purse and I knew that I’d never misplace the book, therefore the dollar was safe. I used a $20 bill once in a book I DNFed and then found it eons later. Best. Surprise. Ever.
The “Dog-ear” Bookmarker
There is this thing that villainous monsters do to books called . . . dog-earing. There are even some people who will dog ear a book solely for the sake of taking a picture for her blog. *shifty eyes.* Aaaaanyway.
As a kid, I’d dog-ear all my favorite scenes and sometimes even double-dog-ear. (No, not double dog dare, double dog ear. When you dog-ear one side and then have to dog-ear the other. It’s an art.) Anyway, I don’t dog-ear anymore because I find out that a fairy dies every time a child dog-ears a book. (Us adults, however, are safe. But to bring awareness to the fairy cause, I’m abstaining from such a practice of dog-earing.)
These are the people who bookmark with their brains. (Gross, right?) They just magically remember everything about the story and can simply find their place when they need to. (Um . . . what? Can I have that superpower, please?) Or, on an even more super-bookworm level . . . they read the book in one sitting. I’ve experienced that only a handful of times and I was a gravel-eating zombie for the days that followed. Bad idea. BAD IDEA.
The “Book-Abuse” Bookmarker
Some people are above bookmarks. They just plop the book, spine up, anywhere they please and expect the poor thing to retain its shape later. *am guilty of this* This bookmarking technique is especially useful if you realize you left the oven on, or if you have to rush to answer the door (FOR BOOKMAIL!!) or if you suddenly need to eat an Oreo. (Let’s face it, we always suddenly have to eat Oreos.)
The “Normal Bookmarks” Bookmarker
Okay, someone out there decided that a long rectangular piece of paper would be the official “bookmark” of the world. And then all the creatives out there were like, “Let’s decorate them!” And thus, the amazing bookmark art was made. I like bookmarks, but I lose bookmarks. So if I have real cutesy ones I won’t dare to use them in a book, which totally defeats the purpose.
BUT . . . bookmarks are glorious things. And I’ve found a solution. Let me put on my author hat for a second: You probably saw in my newsletter that there are now adorable little bookmark characters for my Out of Time Series! They were made my Happy Hello on Etsy and today the entire set has been revealed!
Glorious things about these bookmarks:
- They’re so cute you could eat them. (But they wouldn’t taste good unless your tastebuds are dialed in to cardstock)
- They’re magnetic so they don’t fall out of your book! (Aka: harder to lose.)
- They can remind you what characters look like. If you’re like me, you totally forget every character’s description (unless it’s Harry Potter, or unless they have a cool scar.)
- You can talk to them about the book. Because, as we know, no one else understands. (Except other bookworms . . . and they talk to their character bookmarks, too.)
- They’re, like, $2 each. YOU’RE BUYING A FRIEND FOR TWO DOLLARS. 🤑 Can’t beat that, my friends.
In case you want to own this little Out of Time family, just pop on by Happy Hello’s Etsy shop and buy the set! Or, if you just want individual characters, you can shoot the shop maker a direct message. 🙂
These are only here for a limited time! Once she runs out, they go out of stock. *don’t panic* (Just kidding…totally panic.)
That’s all I’ve got on the topic of bookmarks for today. I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot of different bookmarking techniques, so it’s your job to remind me in the comments. As long as we’re reading books and not losing our places, the world may continue to go around. (And if it ever stops, I’ll try to write an apocalyptic novel before I die.)
So tell me…how do you bookmark?