So, here’s my history with annotating books.
I don’t do it.
I’ve never had the urge to do it, I’ve never really understood why someone would want to do it. It just feels… wrong. That being said, I do enjoy making notes in and highlighting sections of eBooks, but that’s not the same thing is it? It doesn’t feel the same. Writing in a book feels bad. Making notes in eBooks is fine (I’m not overly fond of them anyways) but in real, physical, delicious, paper books? Nope. Nope, nope, nope.
Even in school, when I was studying a text for English Literature, I would take separate notes in a jotter and reference the relevant page number. It probably didn’t help that novels simply don’t have enough margin space to write the reams of notes required on symbolism, dramatic irony, and all that good stuff.
I’ve just never felt the urge to write in a book. Until last year. I stepped way out of my comfort zone and highlighted my text books for my Health and Safety diploma. I had seven text books to cover in 32 weeks for three 3 hour exams. Those babies had to be cut down one way or another. It took immense bravery on my part, but I’m so glad I did it because it really helped with revision. Still, that was a text book, not a novel.
I own a beautiful copy of S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst (I still haven’t read it yet, but I will… one day), which is a story within a story and has scribbles throughout the entire book on purpose, and that excites me. I get it. But I still don’t want to do it. Or, at least I didn’t, until the wonderful BookTuber that is Ariel Bissett posted this:
I’ve never been more persuaded in my entire life to do something “wrong”. What do you think? Do you annotate books, do you keep notes in a seperate journal, did you annotate and then later regret it? Let me know!