Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a fun and quick guide to annotating books! I don’t annotate every book I read but I do annotate most of them, to differing degrees! I’ve tried to incorporate as many different kinds of types of advice because everyone annotates differently!
TABS & HIGHLIGHTING
- I love tabbing my books, it’s always a good time for me.
- Don’t use really dark highlighters that will bleed through the pages. Press lightly and use brighter colours so if it does bleed through the pages, you should hopefully still be able to read the words!
- I usually get my notebooks from Typo because they’re always on sale and they’re always nerdy which never fails to make me happy. They’re also super easy to use and have pockets in the dividers which is great for me to put my post it’s and tabs in if I’m taking the notebook with me when I leave the house. [LINK]
- To take notes I use my favourite pen ever – the black BIC Gelocity (with the white lines because I’m super specific) [AMAZON LINK] [WOOLIES LINK]
- I also use Mildliner HIghlighters when I take my notes – I own the pink, orange/peach & blue [AMAZON LINK]
TAKING NOTES 2.0
- When I write my notes on my phone I use the Inkpad app [LINK] because I can access the notes on my laptop and my phone – this makes writing my reviews easier because I don’t have to have my phone in the room with me.
- Writing notes on your phone is also super helpful if you don’t want to cart around a big notebook and a pen – using your phone is also super helpful for taking notes on the bus/ in the car because you won’t have illegible handwriting.
- If you’re going to write your notes on the actual pages I recommend a pen that isn’t really inky, like a normal biro.
- When or if you write your notes, make it fun because super bring notes will be super boring to read through when you finish the book/write your review.
- Say what you actually think about the book whether your comment is a few paragraphs or just have a short comment like “WTF???”, it makes the whole experience of re-reading notes so much more fun. Especially, because re-reading your thought process and how you feel about the characters & plot as you read is always really interesting.
POST IT NOTES!
- If you love annotating your books physically and writing notes in your books but you’re reading a library book I recommend using post-it notes. Post its are great for whenever you find a quote you love that’s a bit too long to write down fully – they’re also amazing for writing down all your notes when you don’t want to put them on the actual page.
- Use post-it notes if you find a long quote you love – also easy to write notes with – if you’re going to recommend the book or write a review post-it notes are really helpful!
Post its are also super helpful if you’re reading a library book but want to have physical notes & indicators if you’re going to write a review and need to look back at the book.