Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme that discusses all things bookish.
Suggested by Tammy:
What items have you ever used as a bookmark? What is the most unusual item you’ve ever used or seen used?
I use all sorts of things as bookmarks. Right now I have an actual bookmark that I got from BookDepository with one of my purchases. It has ducks, fish and frogs on it.
In the past I have used store receipts, ticket stubs, letters and envelopes. It is always fun to open a book and find an old bookmark. If it is a ticket stub it makes me think of the concert or trip the stub is related to. If it is a letter or an envelope it makes me think of the person who wrote it. It reminds me of one of my favourite short stories “Ett Halvt Ark Papper” (“A Half Sheet of Paper”) by August Strindberg. It is a very sad story but it shows how much information can be found in a small piece of paper. When you find a piece of paper in a book you are transported back in time to both re-reading the book and to where you were and who you were then. And if I find a piece of paper in a book that was not previously mine I wonder about the person who read the book before me. Who are they? Did they like the book? Why did they choose the book? Something as simple as a forgotten bookmark makes the experience with the book become something bigger than the book itself.
I can’t think of ever using anything strange as a bookmark. I occasionally use a pen as a bookmark if I am going to get right back to reading, if, for example I have just gotten up to answer the phone or make another cup of tea.
I don’t think I have ever seen anything strange used as bookmarks either, I have seen some really clever bookmarks in bookstores, some that I wish I had bought. I do have a bookmark that I got from a friend for my 8th birthday. It is the one pictured above. I’ve only used it once because it cut into the pages of the book. Because of this I prefer paper or fabric for my bookmarks.
Thank you for such a great topic. It really made me think