Reader Problems Tag

This is a bit of an older tag, but I have seen it many times both on Booktube and on WordPress, so I really wanted to add to it! This is a bit of a longer tag, so let’s just get straight into it!

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I am a huge mood reader, so I would first look at the books I own and pick one based off of its genre, the cover, or just how much I want to read it! It honestly really just depends on what I’m feeling haha

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I used to be completely committed and I would finish a book no matter what. Now, if I am not enjoying a book, I quit. I don’t usually get 1/2 through it though, I stop much earlier.

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I definitely try to catch up. If I am behind, the entire month of December I am basically spending all of my time reading. Like, actually. It’s all I do.

The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

This actually does not bother me that much. First off, I do not read/own a lot of series because I prefer standalones or duologies/trilogies. Second, I think it’s kind of interesting to have mismatching covers, even though I know almost everyone else in the book community would hate this!

Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I typically turn to Goodreads and try to find other reviewers with similar opinions to mine! I try to comment on their reviews so that we can talk about it together! Otherwise, I sometimes come across booktubers with similar taste to mine and if they talk about the book I hated, I comment on their videos!

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

This has actually happened to me at school when I was in 8th grade reading TFIOS. Yes, that book made me cry. I was in class with some friends though so they just let me pour my emotions out with no judgement. If I happened to be alone, I would hold in the tears until I got home.

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

I never really re-read the first book, I usually just read a synopsis and hope that is enough information to start the second book. Usually, I begin to regain some memory of the previous book as I read the next.

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You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

People don’t typically ask to borrow my books because I don’t talk about them that often. I only lend out books to people I trust, though. If someone I didn’t trust were to ask me, I would probably just say I don’t own it, or that they should just get it from the library because it’s an important book to me. (Lying is bad, I know. But when it comes to my books I gotta do it)

You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I don’t try to force myself to read if I am really not in the mood. I just slowly get back into reading usually by picking up a fluffy contemporary, or something super light/short! The only type of slump I force myself to get over is a writing slump, because that is something I lack motivation for quite frequently because I get stuck or frustrated. However, a reading slump is nothing I need to focus on immediately, and I just go with the flow.

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Currently, I am on a book buying ban because I don’t have a job and I am starting college in the fall, so a girls gotta save money. BUT, when I do have some cash, I usually buy 2-3 books (at the very most 4) in one Barnes and Noble run.

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Right now, they are probably sitting on my shelves for at least a month before I get to them. Usually so much longer. I have 3 shelves in my room dedicated to books I haven’t read yet, so that gives you a bit of a picture. It’s a really big struggle.

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That’s it for the tag! I tag all of you to do it (if you want!) because it was super fun. Let me know if you agree with any of my answers down in the comments below :)

Xo, Jess

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paperback vs hardcover | discussion

This is a topic that is debated by bookworms daily. Do you take the convenience of paperbacks over the sturdiness of hardcovers? Do you prefer the feeling of a hardcover in your hand versus a flimsy paperback?

For me personally, I prefer paperbacks. The majority of my book collection is paperbacks because they fit so much better in my hand. I also really like the look of them better. I feel like more people like hardcovers because the covers tend to be nicer, but that is the opposite case for me.

I made a pros and cons list for both book styles, and I tried to avoid any bias towards paperbacks (but I’m sorry if it didn’t work).

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Pros:

  • Cheaper: this is such an important point because paperbacks are significantly cheaper than hardcovers when you go into a bookstore, so not everyone can afford hardcovers.
  •  Lighter: These are much easier for travel because you can carry them in a backpack or purse without much of a hassle.
  • More Comfortable: This is sort of a weird pro, and some people may disagree, but I find paperbacks much easier to hold while reading. They don’t start to hurt my hands, and they fit my hand so much better. I can read these for a longer time than I can a hardcover.

Cons:

  • You have to wait to buy them: The paperback always comes out months after the hardcover is published, so if you are waiting for a new release, you can only buy the hardcover.
  • They get damaged more easily: Yes, they are flimsy. The cover can bend and fold much easier than a hardcover. It is easy to rip them when putting them in a bag. While they might be lighter to hold, they will most likely be bent in the process. (Solution: using a book sleeve!)

 

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Pros:

  • Last longer: Hardcovers can typically last longer because they are more durable. They won’t get damages as easily, and the cover won’t bend.
  • Prettier: Everyone always tends to love the cover on the hardcover much more than the paperback. Plus, there is the inside cover under the dust jacket which can also be very pretty. (However, there are many cases where I prefer a paperback edition over the hardcover)
  • You can lend it without worry: With the hardcover edition of the book, you can lend it to friends or family without that worry of the cover being damaged. It can be tossed around because it is much sturdier.

Cons:

  • Expensive: This is the opposite of my pro for paperbacks, but it is a super valid point. Hardcovers are very expensive, especially when buying them new. You can buy two paperbacks for the price of one hardcover, which makes them less appealing for me.
  • Difficult to travel with: Some hardcovers are very big and bulky, so travel is not easy. They rarely fit in my bag, and when they do, they are super heavy.

 

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Alright, so overall the two book types are pretty even when looking at the lists. It ultimately comes down to which one you like better for yourself! I prefer paperbacks because I take care of my books and they don’t get worn down easily. However, I can understand why many people would opt for the hardcovers because of how beautiful they are!

Let me know down below which one you prefer, because I really am curious.

Xo, Jessica

 

5 Star book predictions !

I have been seeing a lot of people doing this post recently and I figured I should join in on the fun! I have over 60 books that I own but haven’t read yet, so I chose 6 of these that I really think will be 5 star ratings for me! I based this off of their descriptions, the genre, and the hype around them.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

There is so much hype around this book, especially because of the movie that just came out. I can really see myself loving this book because it is contemporary and features many aspects of a book that I really like! This is also high on my priority list of books to read!

From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan

I honestly do not know much about this book at all, but one of my favorite booktubers, Ariel Bissett, has hyped this author up a lot. I actually won this book from a giveaway she was doing on her Instagram for it. I like her taste in books, so I am hoping this is another recommendation I end up loving.

By Your Side by Kasie West

This is another book that I believe will be a 5 star for me because of Laura (another booktuber). I think me and her have almost the same exact taste in books, and she recently posted a March TBR and she read a lot of Kasie West books in it! By Your Side is the only one I own right now, but I really feel like I will love it!

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

I am the biggest Jenny Han fan ever. I give basically all of her books 5 star ratings, and this is the last book in her Summer trilogy, so I have really high expectations. I loved the first two books, and my hope is that this one really ends the trilogy well.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

I just read an e-ARC of Jenn Bennett’s newest novel, but before that I had never gotten around to reading any of her other books! I loved the book I read, and I am dying to get to another one. I have a feeling that she is going to become one of my newest favorite authors!

Beholding Bee by Kimberly Fusco

I bought this book so long ago from Bookoutlet because the description really interested me. From seeing other ratings on Goodreads, I really think I will love it! It is not a typical book that I would read, but it seems super interesting, so I am dying to get to it.

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Have you read any of these books before? Let me know in the comments what you thought of them!

Xo, Jess

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett | review

*I was provided an e-ARC of this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Hello everyone! I am back with a new review for you guys today! Happy release day to Jenn Bennett! Make sure to go pick up a copy of this book today because it was amazing and I highly recommend it! But, let’s get into the review :)

Goodreads Synopsis: 
Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

My Review:

The first thing that I have to say about this book is that I love it! It was so well written and kept me interested the entire time. I really wanted to know how it was going to end and what was going to happen to the characters.

This book has so much going on but it was so amazing! I feel like there were a lot of small conflicts rather than one big one, but I loved how well they all connected to each other. It also features the friends-to-enemies-to-lovers trope, but it was done really well.

Zorie, the main character, was very oblivious/immature in the beginning which I did not really like, but by the middle of the book I think she really developed a lot. I fell in love with Zorie and Lennon, and I could not get enough of their relationship. It was so cute, and I could not wait to see where it went.

Lennon was such a great character. His personality towards the other characters was so funny because he is so sarcastic, but when it came to Zorie, he was compassionate, caring, and just so sweet.

I also really liked the setting of this book. I have gone camping quite a few times in the last year, so the struggles they had were struggles I could relate to. This made the story so much better for me. Also, I think that really added to the romance of it.

I think the synopsis does not do this book justice, because there is so much more to it than just the camping trip gone wrong aspect, but I don’t want to spoil anything.

Overall, the story was just both beautiful and heartbreaking, but the ending made my heart so happy and full.

I am definitely going to buy the finished copy of this book once I get a chance, and I can not wait to read the other Jenn Bennett book I own!

Rating: 5/5 stars!

Xo, Jess

April Book Club

If you saw my announcement post a little while ago, you would know that I am going to be hosting a monthly book club!

You guys voted, and the book we are reading this month is…

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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I am super excited to read this book, because it has been on my TBR for a while now!

Here is the schedule:

  • April 1st-7th: Chapters 1-5 (roughly 130 pages)
  • April 8th-14th: Chapters 6-10 (roughly 170 pages)
  • April 15th-21st: Chapters 11-15 (roughly 100 pages)
  • April 22nd-28th: Chapter 16-20 (roughly 120 pages)

On the 30th, I will post my review of the book.

There is also going to be a Twitter groupchat to discuss the book. If you would like to participate, leave your Twitter username down below :)

Let me know if you are going to join the book club this month!

Xo, Jess

Popular books I have no interest in reading

Before I start this post, I just want to say I am starting a monthly book club! If you are interested, click here to learn more. Also, make sure you fill out this poll so I know what books to pick!

New books are hyped every week. I add many of them to my TBR right away. But, there are some books that I see being hyped but I really don’t think I will ever read. I know people will get mad at me for some of the books on this list, but time is limited, and I need to read books I know I will like before any others.

Sorry if one of your favorite books is on here. That doesn’t mean it is a bad book, it is just not something that interests me.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

This book has been extremely hyped recently because it just came out. Personally, I don’t have the urge to read it all. The cover looks really pretty, but the story does not interest me.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I have heard amazing things about Victoria Schwab. I definitely want to check out her Shades of Magic series ASAP, but for some reason I don’t really want to read this series. Maybe after reading a different book of hers I will change my mind.

The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater

As you can probably tell, there is a theme to these books. I am just not a big fan of fantasy, so this one has never been on my list. Even though a lot of the fantasy I read I enjoy, there are just some that I know I can not get into.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

This is one of the books on this list that I can actually see myself reading one day. However, that probably will not be for a long time, and only if I really feel like reading fantasy (which doesn’t happen often).

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I used to want to read this so bad. All of the book community has read it, but I never got a chance to pick it up. However, now that I am a high school senior, the concept just seems a bit too juvenile for me. I had a fangirl phase a few years ago, and I know I would have loved this book if I read it then. Now, I just feel like I won’t enjoy the book, so I don’t want to pick it up.

Warcross by Marie Lu

I am one of those people who forms my first opinion of a book based on its cover. This book’s cover just does not appeal to me, and the concept does not either. I have read one of Marie Lu’s books before, and I did not enjoy it. Therefore, I do not see myself picking this book up anytime soon.

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Mass

The only book by SJM that I have read was A Court of Thorns and Roses. I thought it was alright, but I became aware of the problematic content in most of Mass’ books. After hearing about it, I became disinterested in anything else she has written, and I know I will not ever pick this series up.

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Well, those are all of the books I do not think I will be reading anytime soon. If you have read and enjoyed any of these books, leave a comment below. Maybe you will convince me to change my mind!

Xo, Jess

Goodreads Book Tag!

Hello everyone! It’s finally March. That is insane! February went by so fast and so much had happened during that month. But it was time for a fresh start.

Today, I have a book tag to start the month off with. I saw this tag on Abigail’s Books, and I really liked the idea!

What was the last book you marked as read?

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It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han! I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to finish the last book in the trilogy!

What are you currently reading?

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We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson and Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall. Both books are ones that have been hyped for a long time in this community so I am finally getting around to them!

What book(s) do you plant to read next?

The House by Christina Lauren and We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han. Like I mentioned before, I really want to finish this Jenny Han trilogy, so I will definitely be picking up that book soon. As for The House, I have recently discovered a love for thrillers/mystery novels, so I want to read this soon!

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, I do. I think it is a great way to keep track of books, and especially as a book reviewer, it really comes in handy to summarize your thoughts. I do wish you could give 1/2 stars though!

Are you doing a 2018 reading challenge?

Sort of. I have my goal set to 1 because I don’t want to focus on the quantity of books I read this year. Reading became a competition for me, so this year I am just focusing on quality.

Do you have a wishlist?

Yes! I am always hoping to get my hands on books so when I am at a bookstore, this helps me decide what to buy next. Otherwise I would get distracted by so many other books!

What book do you plan to buy next?

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I really want to buy Gemina soon because I read Illuminae so long ago and I loved it. Plus, with Obsidio coming out this month, I would love to be able to read that soon as well.

Do you have any favorite quotes?

I have a few favorite quotes from so many books! The recent one that comes to mind is from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas:

“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared, Starr,” she says. “It means you go on even though you’re scared. And you’re doing that.”

Have you joined any groups?

I have joined a few, but I don’t really contribute anything to them. I would love to get more involved once I find a group I really like!

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Leave me a link to your post if you’ve done this tag before! I would love to check it out :)

Also!!

I am looking for someone to host either a read-a-thon with me, or a monthly book club! If you are interested, please leave a comment down below, or DM me on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Xo, Jessica

HUGE Book Outlet haul!

I haven’t done a book haul in almost a year, which is insane. I have purchased so many new books since then, but I never talk about them. I recently placed a really big order on Book Outlet, so I decided I would share the books I bought on there.

I clearly have a book buying problem, so I will be doing a post all about book buying bans in the next week or so. I just can’t resist! Plus, over 1/2 of the books I bought were only like $1, which made my wallet happy.

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The Books:
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  • Dreamology by Lucy Keating:
    • I have been eyeing this book for months at every bookstore I went to. I Just couldn’t get myself to purchase it until now. I am so excited to read it.
  • Wanderlost by Jen Malone:
    • I have seen this on Book Outlet many times but never decided to purchase it. It went in and out of my cart for a while, so I decided it was finally time to just buy it.
  • By Your Side by Kasie West:
    • I am sure that you’ve heard of this book before. So many people have talked about it, so when I saw that Book Outlet had it, I needed it.
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver:
    • My friend read this book and recommended it to me. I am not a fan of this cover, but it was the only edition they had.
  • Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen:
    • Confession: I have never read anything by Sarah Dessen. I feel like her books are a YA contemporary staple, so I wanted to read at least one.
  • Roomies by Sara Zarr:
    • I was browsing through the sale books on Book Outlet because I was about a dollar or two short of free shipping, so I put this book in last minute.
  • Drowning Is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley:
    • I read the synopsis for this book and it seems really interesting. I don’t know too much about it though.
  • Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn:
    • This book got a lot of hype a while ago, but I never got around to reading it. Hopefully I get to it soon.
  • Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler:
    • I saw a thread on Twitter of really good Book Outlet books that are on sale, and this was one of them. I decided to give it a go!
  • The Death Of Us by Alice Kuipers:
    • This book was only $0.99 so of course I knew I should get it. The synopsis is really vague, but it was interesting enough to add it to my cart!
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson:
    • This is my first and only Morgan Matson book! I can not wait to read this because everyone constantly raves about her.
  • The House by Christina Lauren:
    • This book is a paranormal thriller I believe, and I am all for ghost stories. I haven’t read a good one in a long time, so I really hope I enjoy this one.
  • Alex, Approximately by Jen Bennet:
    • I saw a booktuber I love talking about Jen Bennet and I decided I wanted to give one of her books a try. I also received an e-ARC of her latest release (review coming soon), so I wanted to own a physical copy.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know what you think. Should I do haul posts more often? Would you guys be interested in seasonal book hauls?

Also, leave a comment down below if you have read any of these books, and let me know what you thought of them!

xo, Jess

interview with booktuber- Kat

You might not remember this, but I used to do a series of interviews on my blog with different poets, youtubers, authors, etc. It has been MONTHS since my last one. BUT, I have decided to restart the series, and I have an amazing interview for you guys today that I am so excited for :)

Meet Kat, or paperbackdreams. She is super sweet and I absolutely love her videos! Please check her channel out. Now, let’s get into the interview!

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First, can you introduce yourself to everyone?

My name’s Kat. I’m 18, and I’m a Booktuber/Bookstagrammer/General Bookish Internet User.

Why did you decide to start a Youtube channel (and specifically Booktube)?

Youtube came to me sometime in middle school when I discovered Danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil. They were the start of my internet obsession along with the desire to start a channel of my own, but I didn’t know what kind of videos were right for me to make. I spent my time watching really popular YouTubers for years until the last half of 2013 when I randomly decided to type “bookshelf tour” into the search bar (completely sure that such a thing didn’t exist) and found one of the super popular booktubers. This spurred me on to discover the entirety of the community, and I just spent all the years between my discovery and my first video working up the courage to sit in front of my camera and film.

What are your favorite genres to read?

I am currently trying to branch out my genre reading and have recently discovered my love for thriller and suspense novels. I also love YA fantasy, paranormal, and darker contemporaries.

How has Booktube impacted your life?

This is a pretty average answer, but Booktube has helped me realize that my avid reading is not as strange as I once thought was. It’s allowed me to meet some really cool people who have just as much to say about books and fandoms as I do. Also, I’ve learned a ton about reviewing books and writing!

Where do you see yourself in the next 3 years?

I’m not exactly sure. Probably a tired college student who will have hopefully decided what I want to major in and where I want to go in life. Maybe. And I better still be reading as much as I do now or else my future self better watch her back.

Have you always been an avid reader or did this interest just begin recently?

I’ve been reading for pretty much as long as I can remember. My parents read to me when I was young, and my sister also loves to read, so I grew up around books, and from the point that I learned to comprehend words on my own I would just read and reread books constantly.

What is your favorite book of 2018 thus far?

It’s currently a tie between Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire and The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson.

What are some items on your bucket list for both 2018 and your life?

I have too many things on my bucket list that will probably never happen because I’m not super great at following through, but some of my book-related goals are to one day interview an author somehow and maybe write a thing one day. I don’t know what kind of thing, but a thing.

I know you have mentioned that We Are the Ants is your favorite book at the moment. I have just begun reading it myself recently and can understand the hype. What specifically made it a favorite of yours?

To put it very briefly, We Are the Ants surprised me. It’s got so many different storylines going on and all connecting back to this one boy. It’s a lot to take in in the story, but to me it was just about this kid who was kind of lost and hurt, and who didn’t know what to do, but needed to make a decision. All of his thoughts and emotions lined right up with a lot of what I felt/feel and his bitter sarcasm and pessimism was incredible to read because I felt like I was the one talking. It came to me at the perfect time and I know it’s a favorite because I’m not scared of it. There are other books that I’ve read, loved, and never touched again because I have a feeling that if I do I’ll probably find some way to criticize them, and while We Are the Ants is certainly not a perfect book, I am almost certain that if I were to read it again (which I plan to do) I would love it just as much as the first time.

Finally, what advice would you give to someone who is just starting a Booktube channel?

If you want to start a channel, just do it. Terrible advice, but it’s the truest thing I can say. You don’t have to make a big introduction video, or have a fancy camera and lights, or even know exactly what you want to say. I’ve found that if you just sit down in front of some kind of recording device and start talking about books you love (or maybe some books you don’t love) all the rest will follow.

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HUGE thank you to Kat for agreeing to do this interview. It was so fun reading all of her answers. Please be sure to check out her channel, and maybe even leave her a comment saying you came from my blog!

If there is anyone you would want me to interview next, let me know in the comments :) I already have the next one planned!

xo, Jess

 

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