Bookish Thought is a type of discussion post where I talk about anything book related and of course leave it open for you all to respond :) These posts will be published on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month
There seems to be a few different groups that I’ve encountered throughout my life as a reader. Those that would never write or highlight in a book other than a textbook, there are those that are fine with it, and there are the people who do it to their own copies. This is something that I’ve been curious about for some time now – especially since I got more into book blogging. I’ve learned about a lot of aspects to reading and books that are important to other readers and book bloggers.
So I thought who better to pose this question to?
When I read a few of my books for my Classic Books Reading Challenge a couple years ago, there were a few books that I would circle words that I was insure about – in pencil. I never personally got into writing further thoughts or questions in the margins of certain books. I definitely would never highlight in a book that wasn’t a textbook. I definitely would not do any of these things in a book that I did not own.
I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this.
Do you actively highlight, circle, or write in the margins of books you own – that are not textbooks or for studying for a class?
If you don’t do it, do you think it’s harmless or harmful? If you do, what do you benefit from it?