Monday, February 9, 2009

more Musing for a Monday

Monday seems like a good day to muse, so here is this weeks question from Musing Monday at
Just One More Page...

What do you use to mark your place while reading? Do you have a definite preference? Do you use bookmarks, paper, or (gasp) turn down the pages? If you use bookmarks, do you have a favourite one? I guess I should not admit to turning down the corner of pages? Who knew?
Ok, I have done that on occasion, in fact I did it just the other day and gave consideration that I might in fact have to admit to this terrible habit on a place just like this one and have people 'gasping' at me. But I was reading in bed and there was nothing else around and I just could NOT get up and get a real bookmark. But it is rare. Really...pretty much.

Normally I use bookmarks. But, I will admit, head hung in shame, that in the not too distant past, I used to just use just about anything. A slip of paper, a toothpick, a piece of string...a slice of ham.
Ok, not actually a slice of ham. That was just to see if you were paying attention.
But I did use many things that were never meant to be bookmarks and combine that with my habit of misplacing things and it was a very bad habit. Credit cards, watches and bills are not to be used as bookmarks.

But recently I have been better. I will admit that I am not a very well organized person and admire those that I read who talk about taking a bookmark out of the little container they keep them in. First, I would just misplace the container and then if I did find it, it would be empty because I would forget to put them back in there. So I just try to get a LOT of them and hope to leave them in places where I am likely to need one. Obviously, I need to add my bedside table to that list.

But speaking of bookmarks, I want to make a little sales pitch here. A few months ago I bought some of these Magnetic Bookmarks after I read a recommendation here in teh World Wide Web somewhere and they are swell! There are many, many choices of pictures...personally I went with all lighthouses and sea side pics but you can pick kitties or cars or bugs...and they don't fall out of the book and you can also use them to mark your line. And they were cheap enough that I could buy a pile of them.

And they work much better than a slice of ham.


  1. Folding back corners??? Yikes! Seriously, I don't do that but people can do what they want to their books :) There have been times I would just grab something to use as a bookmark but it's rare. I'm usually prepared :)

    Thank you so much for the link to the magnetic bookmarks. Those are wonderful and they have a great cat one. I'm going to browse through them when I get home from work and order a few.

  2. Magnets are a great idea. I had to laugh at your "First, I would just misplace the container and then if I did find it, it would be empty because I would forget to put them back in there." That sounds like me! Too funny.

  3. Funny, but true. I am ashamed of folding that corner but it was that or use my alarm clock, the only thing on the table, as a bookmark or get out of my warm cozy bed.

    Folded corner won.

  4. A slice of ham would be rather extreme, but I have been known to use a teabag.
    I like the poem - it's a good message for reading or anything else!

    Here's mine.

  5. I use a bookmark, but I have been known to turn a book upside down and leave it open to the page I'm on. Don't tell anyone.

  6. Too late Kathy, I think that cat is out of the bag.
    Ham??? was it honey roasted or Virginia smoked?? Actually I think the tea bag thing is not so bad, of course that is if it is a dry one. Bookmarks work for me but I have been known to use a pen once or twice.

  7. of course the ham was Virginia smoked. dryer is better.
    and wait...ham is bad and a tea bag is ok!! the injustice of it all!

  8. Hi!
    Those magnetic book marks look great. Thanks for the link. Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great evening!


  9. That's what I like about these memes like Musing Monday, that it get us out and about in blogland and not just checking out the blogs we usually follow.

  10. I have a similar problem with misplacing bookmarks and having them not be there when I actually need them. Do you think those magnetic bookmarks would stick to the fridge door when you are not using them? That way perhaps you will see them, and think twice before reaching for that slice of ham;)

  11. Excellent idea! and then I could use the ham for something a sandwich!

  12. Do you think maybe bacon (not cooked of course) would be better choice than ham? After all, that is more book mark shaped

  13. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that bacon has been found in donated books before. Now I know who the culprit was. :P

  14. but bacon would break so easily, crunble and just fall out.
    hmmm....unless it was raw!

  15. You can see my post-its in action in the header picture. I usually use post-its or halves of 8.5×11 paper folded in half for note-taking. If I’ll loan out a book to friends, I’ll not use the post-its.

    I have never used magnetic bookmarks or the dart thing, but I do keep the ones given to me when I buy books at the indies.

  16. obviously, you take way more notes than I do. I use the wee little post-its.
    If i used the darts, soon they would be all over the house. i just know it.

    I did pick up some bacon at the supermarket though today!


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