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! 💕💕
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.
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.
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.
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
^ My notes for Daisy Jones & The Six
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?
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.
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.