Traditional bookmark One of the things that I like buying are bookmarks. I especially like pretty, unusual bookmarks, even though this sort usually means that the book will be taking a beating along the spine (and thus don’t get used too much). I have the ordinary sort, such as this one shown here, given by Caroline. They come in interesting designs and are great also for quickly marking where you are to get a bite to eat or something–I stick the bookmark just below the line I’m leaving, with the length perpendicular to the page, so that I can easily get back to reading after a few minutes.

Pig squashed bookmark The downside is that they’re usually made of thick paper or board, and sticking it into the spine isn’t usually going to be very good for the books in the long run. Of course, I have even thicker variety, such as this one of a poor pig becoming roadkill (how morbidly cute is that), given by my sister (click on the photo for a bigger image). I use it for my planner, as in the photo. It does eat into the space a bit, but people who see it while I’m using my planner as usually have a few words to say about it.

Pig bookmark part 1 Pig bookmark part 2 Another example is the portable ribbon sort, such as this one, which I bought myself (click on the photos to view bigger images). The bookmark itself is an elastic cord looped around itself, with a kind of tail for the “ribbon”. The book goes inside, as in the photo. This is even more saddening for the book, but for prayer planners like this one it’s good–it’s easy to find the right page in the morning when you’re still groggy ;)

On the up side, I don’t use bookmarks all that often — I can use random paper lying about (the most usual culprit are receipts), and more often I just remember the page number (or thereabouts), and I’m good to go. I usually read a few paragraphs to a page back to get my bearing again when picking up on reading anyway.

I wonder if bookmark usage is something I take for granted–that everyone else uses bookmarks the same way I do, or maybe there’s some technique in bookmark-fu that I haven’t yet found out. How do you use bookmarks?


  • Before I used to buy bookmarks whenever I bought I new book. But lately I’ve been recycling glossy cardboards as bookmarks as I also dont want to crease the pages of my books (they’re my prized possessions).

  • Oh yes, I thnk I’ve seen those kinds–the metal ones? They feel pretty scary though! Paper cuts? :s Only this time it’s not paper, hehe.

  • I have two metal thin one that are the same thinness as a page of paper, that my mother bought me. One is in the shape of a cat & one is an oval with Oriental (I am not sure which language) word of Love on it. But if I don’t have them then I will either use a piece of scrap paper or remember the page number. For me the bookmark can not be thicker then a piece or paper, cause I usually read really thick books & their spines are stressed enough without adding a thick bookmark to it.

  • It’s funny, no? :D

    I used to fold corners a lot too, especially when I was younger. I was weaned off it by my older sister, who’s a bit more obsessive compulsive ;) and didn’t want creases in her books.

    I usually stop reading at the end of a chapter, though! That is, if I can stop reading, and unless I stop because I’m tired etc.

  • Ha ha, that pig is hilarious!

    For years I folded corners. I use bookmarks now but I never buy them because I always seem to lose them. I have a bunch that my kids made for me, and I pick up free ones at the library. Or I use a scrap of paper.

    Another weird thing is that I almost always stop reading in the middle of a chapter. It’s easier to pick up the momentum and remember “where I was” if I’m right in the thick of things.