Saturday, 8 August 2015

Bookmarks, Book-Marks, Book Marks

What are you currently using as a bookmark?
I use a different bookmark every time I pick up a new book. I have a large collection of bookmarks, so I'm trying to make the most of all of them. The last book I read; Splintered by A.G Howard had a metal H from Waterstones that clips over your page in. The book before that contained this lovely bookmark from a Book Depository order last September. The CS Lewis quote reads "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Perfect.

Best thing you've used?
Last October I bought a collection of Beatrix Potter inspired bookmarks. They have beautiful art on, and are laminated, so don't get scuffed edges.

Weirdest thing you've used?
London Underground tickets are probably the weirdest things I've used, but they are so useful as bookmarks. I only needed them for one day, and so as soon as we'd used the Underground, I just started substituting them in for bookmarks.  

Do you ever write in books? Why or why not?
Depending on the type of book, the answer varies. I write in school books all the time, making annotations on texts really help me work. When I'm reading for pleasure though, I choose not to. I dislike the idea of annotating because I suddenly worry about how distracting those highlights and notes will be if I choose to read the book again sometime in the future.  As you can see in the photo, I do use sticky tabs to highlight quotes I love though. 

Share something you found written in a book.
In a copy of Once Upon a Time in the North by Phillip Pullman someone had wrote "Dear Tim, Happy 14th Birthday! Love Mum xx" 
Shame Tim did't like the book enough to keep it.

What books are in your collection by someone named Mark?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak [come on, maybe Mark is his nickname] which I unashamedly say I've not read yet. The time will come, but right now, it's not a priority

What book has made the biggest mark figuratively on your life?
I hate falling to the cliche, but the Harry Potter series can't not be the answer to this. Finding Harry Potter when I was going through a difficult time helped me to grow up quite quickly but without pain. Everything that I am today is down to Harry Potter; I would be writing this if that series didn't exist. Reading those books opened so many doors in my life, and lead to countless opportunities that would never have happened in another dimension. 

What books have you marked on you?
None, because of a) I struggle with the permanence of tattoos. They're not cheap to have applied or removed, and what if I change my mind years later? And b) I have a very low tolerance for pain - if pain can be avoided, then I will at all costs. 
I do like the idea of tattoos and maybe one day, I will get one, but if I ever did it would be Harry Potter related. The more I think about this, the more I want to get a tattoo.

In your opinion, which book(s) have made the biggest impact on your generation?
Again Harry Potter. I'm at the younger end of the scale for this generation. I'm 16, so I was too young to read most of the books as they were released. But my generation, most of us love Harry Potter, whether it be the books or the films. We are the generation in which 10 years from now, there will be children called Hermione, Luna, Draco, and Sirius to name a few. I actually wrote a thesis on the impact of Harry Potter for one of my courses at high school.


  1. I AM READING HARRY POTTER RIGHT NOW! Oh, wait. Well, I technically just finished bk 5 but it's still aaall on my mind. x) I liked it, but I feel like I don't love the series half as much as I should, considering the world's adamant love for it. My bad. BUT I LOVE THAT HP PHOTO. Also I use my iPod as a bookmark a lot. My puppy has a bookmark fetish and ends up eating most of my others!

    1. I completely understand that, I feel like I enjoyed the HP films more than the books - the books are great, but they're not favourites. That is how I was introduced to HP so that feels right for me. THANK YOU! It took me ages to take!!


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