Oct 26, 2009

Musing Mondays: Take Note

Today's Musing Mondays post is about note taking.

Do you take notes while reading - either for reviews or for yourself? Howe/wehre do you make these notes (on the page, post-its, scrap paper, notebooks, etc.)?

Although I don't take notes with every single book I read, I do when there is a subject that I want to learn more about. For instance, I am a huge coffee and tea fan, so when reading NO ONE YOU KNOW by Michelle Richmond, (the protagonist was a coffee buyer), I jotted down terms and bean types mentioned in the book so that I could learn more about them.

Other times I take notes for reviews if the book has a complicated plot or storyline, if it's a long book and I don't want to forget certain points when writing my review or if there's something that jumps out at me and makes a big impression. I usually always make notes when reading audiobooks. This may be partly because I'm still new to that format and I don't entirely trust my memory. Paper formats allow you to flip around and re-read, while audios rely on your memory.

I keep a notebook that originally started as a reading journal and that is where I keep my notes for books I read. I would never write on the page! If there are certain passages I want to remember, I'll fold the tip of the page down - but I feel weird doing that! I think Post-It's area a great idea too.

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  1. I'd be lost without my notes. Have a great Monday.

  2. This is an interesting topic. I make notes quite a bit inside the books (that's probaby blasphemy to some), but I always go back to my notes as a reference.

  3. oh no...another 'book writer' just above me....lol

    I am not a note taker..which may explain why I am lost a lot!

  4. I use little post-it flags to mark passages.

  5. I always jot notes on post its or index cards to help with reviews later on.

  6. Reading is what I do for fun... so I don't take notes...I usually have very good memory... so I always remember all the books I read.

    All my books I read and own look like new. I hate putting mark or wrinkle in any of my books.

  7. I tried to take notes and then the lazy side of me won out!!!


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