Annotating Books: Do You Write In Books?

Today, we’re diving into a topic that can be both intriguing and mildly unsettling—the idea of annotating fiction books. Yes, you read that right. I want to explore the realm of adding notes, highlights, and scribbles to those pristine pages that have captured my imagination.

Many of us hold the unblemished page as sacred, revering the book as a masterpiece that deserves to be revered in its original form. The very idea of introducing pen or pencil onto those pages may strike a chord of dread deep within our book-loving hearts.

And yet, there’s a certain allure in annotated pages. Annotations provide a glimpse into the reader’s thoughts, reactions, and emotions as they journey through the story. Highlighted passages, underlined quotes, and handwritten notes—each mark carries a piece of the reader’s connection with the narrative, like a diary entry hidden within the pages.

Annotations also offer a sense of intimacy between the reader and the text. It’s as if you’re having an ongoing conversation with the author, sharing your insights and ponderings as you read. Through this dialogue, the book becomes a dynamic entity, evolving as you engage with it. It’s an opportunity to add layers of meaning, to emphasize the lines that resonate most deeply, and to pose questions that provoke thought and introspection.

But, of course, the fear remains—what if the act of annotating somehow desecrates the book’s purity? It’s a conflict that often leaves me hovering on the precipice of decision, torn between the desire to preserve the book’s original form and the yearning to leave my mark upon its pages.

As readers, it’s perfectly okay to experience this duality of emotions—both the horror at the idea of defacing a book and the undeniable fascination that arises from the prospect of creating a personalized version. The truth is, whether you choose to annotate or not, the act of reading is a deeply personal experience. Your relationship with the book is your own, and the choices you make are a reflection of your unique connection with the words on the page.

In the end, whether your books remain pristine or bear the marks of your thoughts and feelings, what truly matters is the journey you undertake through the stories. Whether annotated or not, every page turned is a step into the worlds within, an exploration of the unknown, and a testament to the power of literature to inspire, challenge, and captivate.


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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