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.
I don't think the author would not appreciate it. It's, just, up to you. If you would like to do that to document favorite passages, or write your thoughts in the margins that's your business. If your OCD about your books being perfect, I wouldn't try it.
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.