I just want some nerdfighters opinion in marking(Highlighting, underlining,writing, dog ear the pages, ect.)
My friend told me that the authors would not appreciated it, and would disapprove when I underline a quote I like, so I would like to know your opinion on this?
I'm just curious nerdfighter.
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Personally, scribbling down my thoughts on sections of a novel's content helps me to better create an understanding of what the author is really trying to say, think critically, make connections, and just have a more fruitful overall reading experience and, providing that said novel is 'yours', I don't see why not :)
My pleasure reading books are all nice and neat, I even have a spot to put aside dust covers while reading to prevent them from getting messed up.
Reference or research books are another matter, I tend not to write on the pages, but they do get filled with paperclips and sticky notes and often find themselves handled in abusive ways. In college I even took several books down to the physical plant to remove bindings with a band saw and replace them with clips so I could rearrange, remove and add my own pages of notes.
There was a time when I underlined certain paragraphs with a pencil. So I could erase it if I ever wanted to. Lately I don't, because I didn't find it very useful anymore. But that's me.
I don't really think the authors would mind. It would sort of a compliment right? That you are so caught up with this book that is makes you think and you want to sace those thoughts.
I also think that a book should be lived, so do whatever you like with it. As long as you enjoy it!
I kind of copy quotes and words that I like and put in a million bookmarks. I'm a book lender, so I try to keep it clean for other people (what they do to it is a different story D:)
I think that a writer would be thrilled that there are parts of phrases in their books that marked you, made you sad, made you cry, etc. and that you want to remember them.
I do dog ear the books, though I don't highlight or underline them, if there's a line I like I put a dog ear too.
I just was educated not to write on books(Even in class I used to copy the ex to my notebook and write the answer down there.)
But I don't think the author would not appreciate it. If that's the way you enjoy a book, do it.
An author would approve a reader's enjoyment.
Dog earing pages is something I could never do. But I have highlighted quotes in books. But I usually save that for the most important quotes. I have a few quotes highlighted in Frankenstein. Sometimes whenever I want to read that just one quote it makes it so much easier to find it and enjoy it, without have to spend a large amount of time trying to find it. I also think that authors would be touched to see that even the smallest quote or passage in their book has a long lasting effect to you instead of it being just another story.
The first time I read, I usually use sticky notes to mark good parts or things to keep in mind. However, if you were to take a look at my books, they're chock full of underlines and side notes and I am constantly adding to them, too. It's your book and the author wrote it to be entertaining and inspiring for the reader. If marking a book helps you to appreciate it, then go for it. I think it makes reading and re-reading a book more pleasurable.
At times I succumb to the need of dog earing the page, although that's just when I'm out of paper to slip, but I could never highlight or underline. I write them down. I also never write in the margins, because they distract me. If anything interesting comes from a passage, I copy it down on my notebook and proceed to continue the story/art.
I think they would be happy, though, even if it depends on the author. Highlighting or underlining a quote means something about it makes you think, and who wouldn't be happy when that happens?
I personally always dog-ear my pages. My sister hates it and always gets on my case about it but I like knowing when I reread something that I stopped at that certain point before. It makes the book yours. I only write in books I read for school, because we're required to annotate but otherwise I use sticky notes. That way if I want it to be all clean again and let someone else think about it on their own I can just pull my notes out.
If I were an author I would be flattered because someone took out their time to actually think about the book as well. They liked a specific part and wanted to be reminded of it. I can't see why they wouldn't like it.