In light of my McEwan-borrowed Splash du Jour this morning, and the neat-o comments I found there [thank you Merisi, Isabella, and Melwyk] I thought I'd mention a few things about my own bookmark preferences. This Christmas I got a lovely set of Cat Lovers 2013 bookmarks… one amazingly cute cat for every month of the year which you detach from the booklet and use, presumably for that month.
Thank you _____, for this gift.
I definitely will be using it throughout the year.
However, most of the time I like to use a bookmark of no value so that I can write little notes on it as I read. I cannot abide writing IN my books, even seeing the slightest asterisk in a book bothers me, so I use something I can write on from time to time.
Here's the weird part: My favourite bookmarks tend to be magazine inserts.
Those things that encourage you to subscribe, and fall out when you fan through a new mag. Usually, it will be a Harpers insert. [A subscription I enjoy also as a gift from the aforementioned bookmark giver, go figure!]
Now, you may ask… "If the purpose is to write things as you read, why not use a blank piece of paper?"
I DON'T KNOW!
I actually prefer these magazine inserts, I'm not kidding. It could be some manner of birth defect.
This weird penchant does bring to mind a professor/minister I know. He is an internationally known speaker, and author of many books. But he told me once that all of his sermon and lecture notes are written on [are you ready for this?]… blank envelopes!
Why in the biblical hell would a person prefer envelopes to plain sheets of paper?
You'd have to ask him, I guess. It's just what makes him comfortable. Or a habit -- a system that works for him. Admittedly, he told me this decades ago -- perhaps now, in the age of the iPad and Powerpoint, he is even using a laser pointer… I don't know.
Anyhoo -- I like magazine inserts.
How about you? What's your own bookmark fetish?
A couple of people have already responded in my former posting below -- let the rest of us in on what you prefer to keep your place as you indulge in the greatest habit known to mankind -- reading!