marking your spot

Although I cannot read a book without a pencil or a pen in my hand, I cringe at the thought of folding down a page. So when I read, in addition to something to write with, I must have something to mark my spot with. I prefer an actual bookmark, but also use postcards, envelopes, or a folded review. My collection of bookmarks lives in a pottery vase on my side table, where I can easily pluck one out.

I love this column at Bibliobuffet: “On Marking Books.” In late September, Lauren Roberts, the editor at Bibliobuffet, wrote about a bookmarks festival and that she was giving away bookmarks! All you had to do was email. So I did and that photo is a sampling of what fell out of my envelope. She might still have some left…Her recent essay is on a cheese-y bookmark. Ha! Take a look at it.

Here are close-ups of some of the bookmarks Lauren sent me:

But wait, there’s more…

If you want to pay, I discovered @calligbyerin on Twitter. She makes bookmarks to order with your favorite lines from books. Here are two I ordered:

I include a photo of one of my bookmarks with each month on the updates page.

Do you have a favorite bookmark or a favorite way to mark your spot?

12 thoughts on “marking your spot

  1. Cynthia, if you don’t subscribe to Glimmer Train, I highly recommend that you do. Not only is it chocked full of wonderful stories, poems, and essays, it arrives with a beautiful bookmark. I’ll try to snap a picture of one and send it to you on Twitter.


    • Oh, yes. I love those bookmarks. And The Paris Review comes with one too, or my last issue did. And July 2009 on the Updates page is a photo of the one that came with an old issue of Hayden’s Ferry Review. Off to check out your photo.


  2. Cynthia, I loved your entry on bookmarks. My bookmarks live in a small, decorative bag next to my favorite reading spot. Silly as it sounds, I like to use a marker that fits whatever I am reading. Choosing the just-right marker adds to the joy of reading for me.


    • Welcome to Catching Days, Beverly. Actually, reading what you wrote, I realize I do the same thing–unless I’m just grabbing for the nearest thing, which could be my schedule for the rest of the day. Thanks for leaving a comment. I hope you’ll be back.


  3. Back when I didn’t have much time for reading I put a paycheck in a book and didn’t get back to it for two months. Needless to say by the time I found it I had already replaced it. Now I always find something a little less important like a real bookmark.


    • Hi Melissa! Sorry to be so late in replying. Wow, a paycheck. In August, I put a birthday card (with $20 in it) in a book and haven’t found it yet. One of these days… Nice to see you here. And thanks for sharing your bookmark story.


  4. Aww, Cynthia, what a lovely thing to say. You are always such a great person–in addition to being a great writer. I hope you enjoy those bookmarks. And every year BiblioBuffet will be the online distributor for them so be sure to remind me around August to put some aside for you!


    • Tricia, so many of my bookmarks are from bookstores that I visited while traveling–they definitely help me remember the places I’ve been.

      And I think every book ought to come with a bookmark from the store where it was bought.


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