how i annotate books

I write in my books.

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I think you all know that by now because I talk about it often. I think it is so important, especially as a book reviewer because it really allows you to connect with the novel. You can be critical while still following and enjoying the book. It also makes a book more unique and special. It’s like having a conversation with the characters. I know that in the future it will be so fun to look back on and read through the pages.

How I do it:

What I Use-

  1. black pen!!
  2. 4 highlighter colors
  3. post-it notes (diff sizes)
  4. post-it tabs

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The Process-

  • I use a black pen to write in the books
    • typically this involves little comments to respond to dialogue
    • I also write comments about problematic parts of books
    • Sometimes at the end of each chapter, I write little summaries or thoughts I had about them
  • The 4 highlighters are what I use to really get analytical
    • yellow- important scenes
    • pink- love/romance
    • green- favorite quotes
    • blue- things to mention in review
  • Post-it notes
    • I use the post-it notes when I have more to say than can fit on the page
    • sometimes I want to write a couple sentences down but there is no room so I write it on the post-it
    • I do not use these too often
  • Post-it tabs
    • These correspond to my highlighters
    • I put them in when I highlight a part so that I can easily flip to the different sections without skimming through each page

Here are some examples of pages in my books: (not all of the pictures follow my current system)

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That is basically it to how I annotate! I hope this post was helpful.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them down below. Do you annotate in your books? Let me know how!

xo, Jessica

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13 thoughts on “how i annotate books

  1. I write in my books, too! I only use a pencil because sometimes I write before I think, so I need something erasable in case my comment turned out to be gibberish and I need to reorganize my thoughts. 😂

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  2. Woah I love how organized this is–might have to try something similar for myself. That’s such a cool way to personalize your books! How did you come up with that system? I’ve tried to establish a note taking system before but haven’t been able to find one that clicks with me yet.

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  3. So cool, thanks for sharing. I sort of like the idea and wanted to give it a go for a while but haven’t got there yet. I used to take notes in a reading notebook while I read instead. Sometimes I used tabs. Sometimes I underline. At the moment I take photos of the parts I want to remember. Still trying to find something that works.

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    1. Yea it was definitely a little scary the first time I did it because I didn’t want to mess up! Start with a book that you don’t mind being a little messy in. Then it won’t seem so bad and you can transition to other books :)

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  4. OMG! These look so pretty!
    And it’s perfectly okay to write in books!
    But I probably won’t because I’m too lazy. When I’m reading a good book, I hate even changing my reading position. And I’m VERY lazy.
    But this looks like a fun thing to do! 😊

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  5. I really enjoyed reading this. I daren’t write in my books. That gif is funny though. Haha. Had to chuckle a little. Literally my face when I read the headline. I would like to do this though, to write better reviews for my followers. Thank you :)

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