This week’s topic is about Annotating While Reading.
To annotate or not to annotate……that is the question? Do you like annotating books? If so, how do you annotate them?
I think the idea of annotating while reading is great. Engaging in a book in whatever way works for you is never a bad thing! The extent of my “annotating” includes simply adding multicolored sticky notes to pages in a book that I want to refer back to because of a specific word, quote, description, or dialogue that stood out to me. I don’t typically do anything beyond that.
Is there a difference for you between ebooks, physical books, and audiobooks?
When I have read e-books in the past, I have used the bookmark feature to add a digital sticky note to the page I want to refer back to. The same goes for audiobooks that have a bookmark feature where you can return to a specific time in the recording.
If you’ve ever had to annotate books in school, does this affect your willingness to annotate the books you read for fun?
In high school I had a teacher who taught us how to annotate in a very specific way with different colored pens for different meanings. I will admit that I really did not like writing in my books in general, let alone in pen. That turned me off to annotating for a while. In a way, it turned me off to reading, too. I did not like always feeling that I had to analyze what I was reading. Later in college there was a period of time where I did frequently write notes in the margins of my books.
What are some downsides to annotating books in your opinion?
I think this question will be really reader specific so answers will vary. I personally don’t see a down side to annotating as long as the reader is happy with what they are doing.