FLYTIP is an original feature hosted by Lonna @ FLYLēF in which she generously shares free blog graphics and advice as well as taking part in related discussions. Every other Saturday, there is a different prompt that participants can take part in, so be sure to check out her site for more info. This is my first time participating and I confess I’m really excited about today’s topic. Speaking of, today’s topic is “FLYTIP: Dog-Ear-Me-Not || What are some creative ways you’ve saved your place in a book?”
A few years back, I never went out of my way to find something I could consistently use for a bookmark. I would usually just grab a scrap of paper, receipt, or even a candy wrapper to hold my place. I’m much more consistent these days…well, kind of. I’ve never dog-eared my books and probably never will. One of my greatest pet peeves is when I’m reading a library book and discover that someone has dog-eared it. Why?!?!?! I’m all for people treating their own books however they want, but a library book? It’s a travesty! For this post, I’m sharing a few different ways I save my place while reading.
1. DIY Bookmark – I literally never buy myself bookmarks. I like the idea of a pretty bookmark, but I’m also really cheap and figure, why buy a bookmark when I can just make my own? I actually made the above one from a lovely gift bag and will probably have to replace it soon as you can probably tell from the picture above. I wouldn’t consider myself to be particularly crafty, but I find sitting down and making something to be a really relaxing activity.
2. Spine-Up – I know, I know. This is a terrible thing to do to your books. It could break the spine. Don’t I have any kind of respect for my books? Of course, I do! Sometimes I even remove the dust jacket (see all photos) while I read because I don’t want to accidentally damage it, but when you need to put your book down real quick and your bookmark mark is nowhere to be found, turning a book over is the quickest solution.
3. Review Notebook – I almost never read unless I have my review notebook close at hand. It is unbelievably helpful to have a few notes jotted down when it comes time to write a review and it’s even more helpful when you can just stuff the entire thing into a book to save your place.
4. Pen – I cannot count the number of times I lose my pen. Am I the only one who has this problem? I have lost several and I’m convinced they hide out where all those missing socks from the dryer go. Sometimes I’m a little too quick to jump to conclusions because I’ve panicked that I can’t find my pen, only to discover that I’d been using it as a bookmark the whole time.
5. Cat’s Tail – I have one of the fattest, laziest cats in the world. He will literally let me do anything, so when I was taking photos for this post he decided to camp out on my bed and it was just so hard to resist using his tail as a prop.
How do you save your place in a book? Are you a traditional bookmark user or do you use other unconventional methods? Let’s discuss in the comments!