Having been to Tasmanian (and fallen in love and had my heart-broken by leaving) and as I am a reader and a writer, I was interested in this question posed by the Tasmanian Writers Centre about reading… and I was really interested in the replies which were a hundred per cent in agreement (with a couple of caveats)
OK Tasmanian Writers Centre Facebook followers, what’s the rules? Is it acceptable to fold the corner of a page? What about writing notes in the book? Is it still OK if it’s a library book – or is that a pet hate?
- No, no, no, it is NOT ok!
- NEVER to both questions!! There are some gorgeous bookmarks available anywhere, or make your own, use as match, tissue, anything at all.
- Use a bookmark/s. Never, ever, ever write in a library book #hate #karmawillgetyou
- Haha – yes! No bookmark – well, you need to do something to mark your place! I love it when I come across books with notes in the margin providing insights into someone else’s reading and thinking (but I don’t like underlining in the text). Obviously this level of reading is more appropriate to non-fiction than fiction.
- What can I say? I love books that have been used, not kept pristine (unless of course they are art books – then I want them pristine!).
- I laugh at some of my ‘bookmarks’. I currently have a Magnum stick in Fight Like A Girl 😂
- If you own it, turn corners and scribble at will. I have load of bookmarks, but hate the way they fall out. Corner-turning gets a big ‘yes’ from me.
- No, never.
- I would never write or doggy ear a book from the library because it’s not my book. I also, personally, can’t write or doggy ear my books but I also don’t have anything against other people doing it. Writing notes in your book at your favourite pages makes it uniquely yours
- If it’s yours, do what you will. Personally, I hate folded (dog-eared) pages, may the book gods forgive me for the short time I did this as a young teen. Hand written notes are more appropriate in non fiction, but still not a fan. It isn’t hard to writ…See more
- Do what you like to your own books, but not to library books!!!!!
- Just No!
- Nope! Go and spend $2 to support a local artist who has a range of bookmarks.
- I love the luxury of bending the spine and folding corners in my own books but would NEVER do it to one that belonged to someone else! If I borrow a book from my son I practically have to wear gloves and tilt to see the words trapped in the spine!
- Absolutely NOT, to both questions, especially in Library books. I find it infuriating that someone can be SO ignorant as to believe they can vandalise something which does not belong to them. However, I do believe it’s ok to make notes in one of your own books, especially if it’s a text book you’re studying from.
- Never, ever in a library book! 😳
- Never okay!
- Not ok at all!!
- Library books should be treated like precious artifacts. Mass market paperbacks are ok to make notes in. You should always use a bookmark!
- No folding please, and no note-writing… but please leave interesting things as bookmarks in library books, shopping lists for example, or scribbled notes on the back of something else…
So what are your thoughts? I hate corner-folders, even in books I own. I also don’t like finding a book with writing in it – except, a big except, if it is a dedication or greeting in the front, or if it is a very old book. I have actually written a couple of times about things I have found written in books, but I’d never do it myself!
here is something I wrote about lists, about one I found in a cookery book: