Do you like annotating books? If so, how do you annotate them?
I am newer to the concept of annotating my books. I have fallen in love with reading a book physically while also listening to the audiobook at the same time, and I feel as though I take in information so much better this way. Something about that experience makes me want to annotate more! I think that it has helped me become a more insightful reader.
I started annotating just using the same sticky tabs that I used in university (you know the ones!), but something about that made reading feel too academic. I was looking for something different and I saw that these more aesthetic tabs were becoming popular on Bookstagram. I thought that these were perfect and it is going to be fun to match the colours of my annotations to the colours of the book. I can also write on this, which is amazing because I am not quite at the point where I want to actually write in my books. They are out for delivery as I write this and it was $10 for 800.
My annotating strategy is ever-evolving and it very much depends on the book, especially in terms of genre. I find that fantasy requires more annotating and more categories. I like to use different colours for world-building, character development, memorable lines, etc. It is very subjective! I find this helpful when I go to write a review or if I am going to talk about a book on YouTube.
Is there a difference for you between ebooks, physical books, and audiobooks?
Definitely! I do use the highlight feature on my Kindle but there is really no rhyme or reason to it. I mostly just highlight quotes that I like. I don’t think I have ever when back through an ebook and looked at my highlights, but I am newer to ebooks and that could definitely change as I used it more!
I know that a lot of audiobook apps have a feature where you can add bookmarks, but it is not something I ever do! I have started keeping a notebook handy for when I am listening to an audiobook and not following along with the physical copy. I scribble notes to myself of things that I want to remember.
If you’ve ever had to annotate books in school, does this affect your willingness to annotate the books you read for fun?
I probably should have annotated books in high school but I never did. I was definitely more of a “fly by the seat of your pants”-type student. I would read the books we were assigned (most of the time!) but I rarely enjoyed the experience and I remember feeling like I just wanted to get through it. In university, you might be surprised to know that I only took one English course. It was a lot of Shakespeare and I remember annotating and analyzing his work to death! I also remember highlighting all of my textbooks back then, but there was really no rhyme or reason to it. I have to say, I was not a great studier. I think there should be a course offered to high school students that teaches them how to study effectively. It is not a skill that I ever learned.
I don’t think that this experience affected my willingness to annotate the books I read for fun. Honestly, I was not reading for fun at all during those years, and the idea of annotating is not something I even considered until recently.
What are some downsides to annotating books in your opinion?
There are definitely downsides to annotating. It can be time-consuming, and it has the potential to take some of the joy out of reading. I am still figuring out what works best for me, and I have realized that some books just don’t need to be annotated. I don’t always want to mess with the flow of my reading, and I have found this to be especially true with romance!