Thursday, 10 December 2009

Booking Through Thursday: Mark the Spot


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.

owl bookmark

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


Jo said...

Reading this just makes me want to have a separate book mark for every book I read! It would be nice to have a memory for each book.
And it's usually me that leaves bookmarks in library books. One of the reasons I don't use them anymore!

Amy said...

I love the idea of a memory in a book. I never thought of it that way but now I'll be thinking about it each time I open a book with a strange bookmark in it.

gautami tripathy said...

I used to leave my bookmark in any book I was reading. However, I gave it up as I found myself dearth of the stuff!

Booking through Thursdays: Spot on!

novelinsights said...

I love finding old bookmarks too in secondhand books or borrowed books.

eveningreader said...

Sometimes I have picked up older books off my shelves and found old receipts or post-it notes with something scribbled on's always fun to find that sort of thing.

Alayne said...

Nice answer. Here's my mark!

MarceJ said...

I recently had to go through my fathers Library and he had many little notes etc, it was wonderful to have memories or think about where he was then etc.

I enjoyed your answer.

Nise' said...

When I find something in a book I wonder, too, if this is where the last reader stopped, if they liked the book or just forgot to remove the bookmark.

cutlex said...

Yes, those metal bookmarks are not so good for me. They tear the page though some are so irresistibly cute.