Are You a Book Marker?

After delaying for a very long time, I began reading Lydia Davis’ translation of Proust’s Swann’s Way (In Search of Lost Time) and with my trusty pencil in hand, started underlining passages.

Then I realized some people never mark up their books; that the reading world may be divided into those who do and those who do not.

I do. For several reasons:

to enhance concentration;
to provide a quick reference point in the future;
to hear the sound of the pencil on the paper;
to make the book more mine.

How about you? Do you write in your books? If so, why?

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1 Comment

  1. I do. At least some of my books, i do. None fiction I typically read with pencil in hand, for many of the same reasons you listed. I will occasionally jump up, with my thumb held firmly in place over a particular phrase or sentence in a fiction book, and seek out a pencil just to mark it. This may be simply for the beauty of the words, a thought it provokes (which will go into my journal), or a truth it reveals. i guess you could just say I love words and I love the written language.

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