How to Annotate

A couple of days ago, I posted this on Twitter as a joke:

Besides my post providing a laugh for some people, it also made people ask if the book on the left was my book, and if so, how I annotated it. First of all, yes, it’s my copy of Heart of Darkness that I read in Literature last year – a dark book about racism and the nightmarish reality of imperialism. So I decided to write this post to share how I annotate my books and to help some of you know where to start if you’re thinking of annotating your books! Enjoy!

STICKY NOTES

Sticky notes are really the go-to tool for anyone who’s starting off with annotating. They’re cheap and easy to use, but most importantly, REMOVABLE. A lot of readers have fears about marking up their books and are very protective of them, so if you’re worried about making a mistake with your highlighting or writing, sticky notes are the best alternative. I recommend using the small plastic ones because they look the nicest and aren’t too thick and distracting.

For me, I like to use lots of different coloured sticky notes and have a key at the front or back of my book that reminds me what colour means what. For example, I prefer to stick these tiny pieces of plastic on a page depending on the themes or the characters. Or I might even have a colour sticky note designated to quotes I like. You can use coloured sticky notes for everything! Just keep in mind that my biggest piece of advice is to USE THE SAME COLOUR FOR THE SAME STUFF so it’s easier to find that you’ve tabbed.Read More »

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Book Love Overload

Do you ever feel like a book is just too good, and that you’ll never be able to perfectly encompass the way it made you feel and the beautiful experience it provided you with into a review? Do you struggle to find the right words to describe your complete love and appreciation of the exquisite piece of literature in front of you? Then you, my friend, may be experiencing what’s known as Book Love Overload (BLO). Untreated, this deadly disease can cause a struggle to articulate, lying in the foetal position while overcome by the feels, and yes, even slumps.

But why do we find it hardest to discuss or review the books we love without being reduced to inarticulate screeching, overuse of gifs or “keyboard spazzing”? Today we’ll be dissecting this problem that sweeps through the bookish community and finding ways to prevent BLO.
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