HOW I WRITE MY NOTES WHILE READING BOOKS

howto_annotate

Hey guys, welcome back to my blog! Today I’m coming at you with a post requested by you guys! Early last month I wrote a blog post with some tips on how to annotate your books and was asked to go into more depth on how I write my notes while I read the books. So, here we are just over a month later and I’m finally getting to write this post, sorry it took so long! 💕💕

howto_lettering

EBOOKS

I love writing notes in ebooks and showing you guys my ridiculous highlights and commentary on Goodreads! ← You can click the link for more details on how I annotate my ebooks. Though, if I’m reading an ebook for review I will also write physical notes to keep my thoughts in one spot. I do find ebooks really helpful for jotting down a quick though easily on my phone and for finding quotes later on because I will have already highlighted it.

AUDIOBOOKS

Ahh, yes. Audiobooks. Because I will annotate anything if given the chance. I generally use Audible to listen to audiobooks so that makes annotating while I listen very simple because they have a bookmark & notes option.

audiobooks_bookmarksnotesannotations

So, like with an ebook, I’ll just click on the clip option and write down my notes whenever I have a thought or want to bookmark a quote etc etc.

PHYSICAL BOOKS

I usually write my physical notes in a notebook and I also often write physical notes for audiobooks & ebooks. Like in these photos:

HOW I TAKE MY NOTES

annoimg1

annoimg2

^ My notes for Daisy Jones & The Six

[You can find my typed up notes for Daisy Jones & The Six here. You can also find my review here as well if you’re interested to see the difference between my notes & my finished review.]

WHAT DO I WRITE IN MY NOTES?

I generally will write down anything that I think is important or that I think sounds interesting. This can include locations, question, theories, quotes or just my general thoughts; if I like a certain character or the book as a whole.
I will write down pretty much anything in my notebook, and sometimes my notes can become pretty in-depth. If you’re looking for what some of my more thought out, quote-heavy notes can look like, check out my notes for Cress by Marissa Meyer here.

I also write down character names, personalities, ages, ethnicities/ identifiers etc. because my memory is pretty poor and it’ll be helpful for me because I like to include character guides in my reviews.

I also take note of any Trigger Warnings (TW) while I’m reading just so I can include them in my quick thoughts when I add it to my Goodreads challenge or so I can let friends know if I think it might trigger them.

I will also be pretty informal with my notes because it’s generally only me that reads it and hey, they’re fun to look back on.

WHAT DO I USE TO WRITE MY NOTES?

annotatingnotebook

You can find more information about the specific products/brands etc I use on my Annotating 5 Tips blog post. But, I generally use an A5 5 section notebook like the one in the above picture! I also generally use the same types of pens because using different types irritates me.

annotatingpage2

I also will use highlighters if I have a lot of notes for a specific book, like I did when I read Cress by Marissa Meyer. I generally use the highlighters to differentiate themes or comments in my notes, sort of like I would with differently coloured sticky tabs in a physical book.

chatbubble

WAS THING HELPFUL AT ALL? LOL.

DO YOU HAVE ANY NOTE TAKING TACTICS?

I HAVE HAVEgoodreadsiconinstagramiconpinteresticontumblricontwittericon

14 thoughts on “HOW I WRITE MY NOTES WHILE READING BOOKS

  1. Your organizational skills never fail to impress me! I have tried taking notes in the past but I’m too impatient and distractable. When I’m enjoying a story I don’t want to leave it, and once I’ve stopped reading, it can take a while until I work my way back to my book. I now just try to jot down my thoughts after I finish a book. It also helps that I many times rant to Chana about things that I both love and hate, so I many times have those conversations to look back on as notes.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yay!!! Thank you so much Ellyn!
      I’m gonna be getting myself a bigger notebook and trying to take better notes! This post has been super helpful and I so appreciate you giving us examples too! 💕💕

      Like

    2. Haha, thank you! I never think of myself as a properly organised person so it’s nice of you to say that! 💕

      I usually always take notes, but I completely see where you’re coming from because sometimes I get so absorbed with the story or just can’t be bothered to write any notes! I use that method sometimes too, as soon as I finish the books I’ll quickly jot down as many notes as I can.

      Like

    1. I’m glad you found it helpful! I have the same problem – I can never remember anything about the books I read which is why I started notetaking in the first place! I write notes on my phone too, I usually use the InkPad app because it’s easy to get the notes on my laptop too.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. I hope you find a system that works for you! I was never much of a note taker before, but I’ve really gotten into it this year and it’s really working for me! If you’re more of a binge-reader, have you tried the specific review notepads/books? They’re roughly a page per book you read and you can just jut down your overall thoughts.

      Like

Tell me your thoughts!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s