Last month, I posted about The Transatlantic Book Project, which is being hosted by myself and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense. A quick recap for those who don’t know: 2 books are travelling around 10 book bloggers, 5 in the US and 5 in the UK, and those bloggers are going to annotate the books and share blog posts/reviews about the book, the process and their experience.
Alicia sent me her book selection, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, as well as some lovely goodies, and I braced myself to put pen to paper. It was A LOT more difficult than I imagined. I’ve never been the type to write in books, even when I studied English Literature I made my notes on the text in a separate notebook, and I’ve previously blogged about how annotating books feels like I’m defacing them! Something as simple as writing in a book became a real challenge!
Luckily, the book’s layout is excellent for annotating, as there’s plenty of space at the end of each chapter. I did have to remind myself that there needs to be enough room for 10 bloggers to make notes though, so I only wanted to write something when it felt like I would be adding to the overall conversation. Deciding when what I had to say was significant enough to annotate posed another problem – my words would be forever marked on the page in purple ink!
In the end, I made a note at the end of a chapter if I had a comment to make on the events of the story, and highlighted a couple of phrases that I felt were just absolutely beautifully written. I will be putting up a separate and full review of the book soon. The annotations have definitely been useful for writing the review, and I can see so many benefits to making notes in your books – a quick flick through an annotated book and you remember much more of the story, and how you felt/thoughts you had when reading it. It also personalises your own library or collection in a lovely way. I might consider annotating a few of my own in future, maybe in pencil…
I’m sending this book to Trish @ Between My Lines next, so make sure to check out her blog for her thoughts on The Transatlantic Book Project, and on The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.