The Bookmark Decision: Nice, No-frills, or Nada?

The time has come when you’re forced to tear yourself away from a book.

What do you do?

Some people simply close the book and remember where they left off.

Others dogear the last page they read.

Some readers, like me, who lack the RAM needed to store the page number and can’t bring themselves to fold a corner, turn to bookmarks.

I’m a fan of bookmarks and have several with motivational sayings on them. The nice metal one below marks the place in my Bible where my daily reading will begin.

I rarely use a fancy bookmark when I’m reading a novel, though. My Bible stays in the same place, but the book I’m reading moves around with me. That way I can grab it and sneak in a few pages whenever I have time. I’m afraid a bookmark would fall out, and I would have no idea where I left off.

My solution is Post-it Notes. They come in such pretty colors, and they stay put. Another advantage is that I can stick the note anywhere on the page, so I know right where to begin reading when I pick up the book the next time

There are times I have to put a book down and I haven’t taken time to grab a Post-it Note beforehand. In those cases, I’ll use whatever is at hand. I’ve been known to use receipts, junk mail envelopes, or, if I’m really desperate, tissues or fast-food napkins.

What’s most important is that I can find my place quickly, dive back into the story, and immerse myself in the fictional world the author has created. At such times, bookmark choices cease to be a concern. Finding out what happens next is my overriding goal. πŸ™‚

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How do you mark your place in book?


About Keli Gwyn

I'm an award-winning author of inspirational historical romance smitten with the Victorian Era. I'm currently writing for Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical line of wholesome, faith-filled romances. My debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, was released July 1, 2012. I'm represented by Rachelle Gardner of Book & Such Literary. I live in a Gold Rush-era town at the foot of the majestic Sierras. My favorite places to visit are my fictional worlds, other Gold Country towns and historical museums. When I'm not writing I enjoy taking walks, working out at Curvesβ„’ and reading.
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25 Responses to The Bookmark Decision: Nice, No-frills, or Nada?

  1. I’m ashamed to admit I’m normally a dog-earrer (sp?). I don’t like doing that to a book…I usually just don’t have something on hand to bookmark, and it’s habit. I have several nice bookmarks, though, so I want to try to change this habit.

  2. Lori Benton says:

    I use a folded piece of paper because I’m usually taking notes as I read. Even with fiction. My desk is littered with old bookmarks.

  3. MelIssa Tagg says:

    Ooh post-it notes! Smart! Though I still read lots of actual paper books, one thing I love about my kindle is how it keeps my last read page. Handy!

  4. I have oodles of bookmarks! My favorite is the one my DH brought me back from Thailand! I also have plenty of our bookclub bookmarks, but I’ve used a napkin! Not Subway.

    If I’m reading a hardback, sometimes I use the inside cover as a bookmark. I love your Winston Churchill mark. πŸ™‚

  5. I LOVE bookmarks! I use them all the time. I can’t bear to lay a book open face down, and I NEVER turn down a corner of a page. (The librarian in me just shivered, like it does when someone licks their finger before turning a page.)

    Some of my favorite bookmarks are old receipts. When I return to re-read the book, I scan the receipt to see what prices were when I first read that book. πŸ™‚

  6. MeLinda Prado says:

    Most of the books I have read lately have been in the acadamia gene, where a book mark becomes almost unnecessary due to my highlighting and note taking directly in the book (any other book I’d be furious to see markings like this in, as it limits the imagination.)

    I do however have a collection of old books that are older than my 37 years…mostly over 50 years old and a few close to the 100 year mark.. I have a set of dictionaries that is over 115 years old. In these books I only use a piece of paper, so the binding is not affected by how thick a book mark might be. My 13 year old has begun reading some of them and had one confiscated for leaving it lay open. I am very protective.

    I have been guilty of dog-earing a book however when reading for pleasure…but I try to just grab a piece of any kind of paper now a days… I love the post it note idea though…I might try it! πŸ™‚

  7. What a “novel” idea, Keli. I come from a long line of library-loving folks when actually owning my own books was such a treat I have some still that I bought in HS. Never, never fold a page. I have been known to tell perfect strangers … don’t do that … you’ll ruin the book! Have so many types of bookmarks, but I do tend to favor the post-it. In a pinch … since I read my print books in the kitchen, I have been known to use an unopened sweet ‘n low packet πŸ™‚

  8. Beth K. Vogt says:

    Thanks to my gradeschooler, I have oodles of bookmarks. I usually borrow one of hers.

  9. Keli! Post-it notes all the way!! Love ’em!

    I also have several laminated bookmarks compliments of my DD’s school with her yearly photos. Love seeing her smiling face as I read my favorite books.

  10. Brianna Soloski says:

    The Kindle has a bookmark option on it, but it saves your place no matter what. For regular books, I use magnetic bookmarks. I never dogear the page, but I write in books, so go figure.

  11. I have a lot of my children’s bookmarks in my books. Cartoon ones. Ones with cute puppies and cute sayings. Then I have a few beautifully scrapbooked ones from friends who are talented at that sort of thing.

    Love the Post-Its…you are the queen!
    ~ Wendy

  12. I have at a gazillion bookmarks and usually don’t bother to go find one when I need to mark a place. I know, I am terribly lazy. I grab whatever is the closest thing to shove in the book. I would never, ever bend down the corner of a page. Not ever! That’s another good thing about ebooks – they do it for you. πŸ™‚

  13. Loree Huebner says:

    I use a book mark. They come in all shapes and forms…lol!

    I tagged you on my blog this week. No pressure.

  14. Donna Pyle says:

    What a cool bookmark!! I may be the odd bird, but I normally purchase books to learn (spiritual growth, reference, etc.). So I mark, highlight, dog-ear, mark with whatever’s available, and generally love on them until they open to the spots that impacted me the most. πŸ™‚

  15. Marji Laine says:

    I used to be a dog-earer until I started checking books out of the library. Then a sweet friend gave me a square bookmark – a little sleeve that fits over the corner of the page. I’ve used it and others like it (I copied the design) for years. But I confess, I’m loving the ebook thing. Built in bookmarks and I can make notes all over the pages without feeling guilty! But I LOVE the Postit Note idea! Will have to remember that one.

  16. I have many wonderful author friends who have helped stock my bookmark stash. But like you, Keli, in desperate moments I’ve been known to fold up a Kleenex (an unused one, of course). πŸ™‚

  17. Lynda K says:

    Great question! I overdosed on using post-its during too many years of grad school reading, so I’ve gone to bookmarks for my fiction. And my choice for my current favorite read is always my book-thong (seriously, that’s what it was called when I bought it…… I didn’t make that up! It’s a hand-crafted, beaded string.) because it stays securely in place!

  18. candidkerry says:

    Ideally? I use a bookmark. Realistically? I use a little post it note. Normally? I dog-ear the page. πŸ˜‰ I have a great bookmark this really sweet lady from California gave me when I won a drawing on her blog. πŸ™‚ I use that one in my Bible.

    I misplace bookmarks easily, so I keep small post-its in the kitchen and in the great room where I read the most. My son Cole loves those 3-D shiny bookmarks with fish and animals (which make my eyes cross when I look at them too long!), so we have a dozen or so of those sitting around our house for him. πŸ™‚

    I love inspirational bookmarks, too. Seeing God’s word anywhere makes me happy.

  19. I dog ear writing craft books. I use a beaded bookmark for other books. Then, my toddler immediately removes that. I’ve finding I really love the Kindle during these toddler times.

  20. I use anything available. That has been old gas receipts, business cards, or candy wrappers, lol. Like you, I could never dog ear a page.

  21. Keli Gwyn says:

    I’m loving all these fun comments. Wanna know why bookmarks are on my mind? Cuz my publisher told me I’m gonna get a box of them with my book on them. How cool is that? If you want me to send you a bookmark when the shipment arrives, zap me an email. My address is in the sidebar.

  22. this is why i love kindle. this is not an issue….and with whispersync (or whatever it is) you just pick right up wherever you left off…regardless of whether you’re reading on your phone, computer, whatever. but if i’m reading in the archaic medium of print (lol!) i will use a bookmark. usually a writer’s bookmark that i’ve received in the mail. but i mainly use business cards b/c i have so many on hand.

    are you doing bookmarks for your book?

  23. Sherrinda says:

    Ohhhh! I use post it notes too! Annnd napkins! lol I do have a few bookmarks that I have received in the mail from various authors and I keep them by my bed and use them some.

    I do like my kindle though, without the bookmarks. Well, it’s more like a magic bookmark that lets my page appear whenever I start up the kindle! πŸ™‚

  24. I’m afraid I’m a dog-earer. Always have been. Even….gasp….library books!! (Is that defacement of public property??)

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