To Bookmark or Not to Bookmark?

"I don't use bookmarks," admits RIF editor Kira Walton. "I have nothing against them, I just never got in the habit."

Here’s what I do: when I’m done reading, I glance at the paragraph I just finished and then I close my book. When I come back, I flip through the pages until I find that paragraph. It usually takes me a while to find my spot.

My husband thinks I’m crazy. “Here,” he’ll say as he watches me for the thousandth time, “use this scrap of paper as a bookmark!” I always tell him, “no thanks, I got it….” as I page aimlessly through my book.

Here’s why: I actually enjoy getting lost in my book.

As I flip around looking for the right page, I find myself re-reading random passages. Sometimes (if the book is really well-written), I’ll just land where I land and re-read whole sections until I come to the paragraph I ended at the day before.

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This is not to say I don’t like bookmarks. I think they’re neat.

I admire them in book stores, I give them as gifts. I’ve been given more bookmarks than I can count (usually by thoughtful friends who have seen me thumbing through my book, trying to find my place).

The only bookmark I’ve kept sits in my bedside drawer. It’s the one Tattered Cover Book Store gave me at the launch event for my book, Good Books Lately. It’s a lovely pewter bookmark, engraved with the date of my reading. I keep it for sentimental reasons.

But do I use it? No. I prefer to get lost.

So how about you? Do you bookmark? Do you dog-ear? Do you hit the “bookmark” button on your e-Reader? How do you keep your place when you’re reading? Tell us in a comment!

About Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

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