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So today, I decided to break up some of my book experiences with another kind of post, and I thought about showing some of my bookmarks and other bookish things. I’m sure everyone uses different things when they’re reading a book, so allow me to show you some of mine. :)
These are in no particular order. Though now that I look at it, I suppose they are from least unique to most unique…?
This bookmark is one that I got from The Mission Inn in Riverside, and I had to go there to research it for a project in high school. There was a little gift shop there, and I poked my head in to see if there was anything that interested me. There was, and it was this bookmark of… *reads the back* …the Cloister Wing’s Carmel Dome, constructed in 1910.
Here are two adorable dog-bone-shaped metal bookmarks, and having two dogs myself, I thought they were rather perfect for me. I got the one with the black text first before I found the white one. I love our two dogs (and our cat) very much. <3
This is a Persian rug bookmark that I ordered from a fundraiser. It reminds me of the time back in like 4th grade where we had this contest to color in a Persian rug. That was a momentous task because there were so many little details, and it took me forever. I think only a handful of students actually did it, so we were winners by default and won art supplies as our prizes, such as crayons, colored pencils, a small paint kit, etc. It was certainly fun though; I haven’t colored like that in a long time. :)
I love the color green, so this is a favorite bookmark of mine. It is technically like a paint color card that we used to choose the color and to paint the exterior of our house, but I ended up keeping it because it’s green, and I can use it as a bookmark. Because… why not?
I believe I found this bookmark in one of the books I bought from Goodwill, and it looks pretty cool. It’s actual wood, but the fragrance is now gone from it, which is perhaps a good thing because I don’t want to have the pages of my books have a fragrant-y smell. I love the smell of old books though, old books, new books, just that “book smell.” It’s glorious, and I love it.
I bought these little “Last Line” bookmarks from Barnes & Noble because I thought they would be rather useful. I included an example picture of how to use it (and if you can guess which book it was that I used the bookmark on, I’d say you’re very observant). You can use it on either page of course, just turn it over if you’re using the page on the left. I am pretty good at remembering where I left off, even though I stopped in the middle of the page or it’s been a while since I read something (especially since I read multiple books at a time), so I haven’t used the bookmarks as much. Still, they’re pretty neat.
Here is another that I also found in Barnes & Noble, and the title of this bookmark is rather misleading because it says “50 books to read before you die,” but it’s really more like 50 books and series. I’ll list them all here, and you can see how much you have read, according to this list. :)
01 – The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
02 – 1984 by George Orwell
03 – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
04 – The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
05 – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
06 – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
07 – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
08 – A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
09 – The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
10 – Hamlet by William Shakespeare
11 – A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul
12 – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
13 – The Cather in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
14 – The Bell Jar by Silvia Plath
15 – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
16 – The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
17 – Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
18 – The Bible by Various
19 – The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
20 – Ulysses by James Joyce
21 – The Quiet American by Graham Greene
22 – Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
23 – Money by Martin Amis
24 – Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
25 – Moby Dick by Herman Melville
26 – The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
27 – His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
28 – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
29 – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
30 – Rebbeca by Daphne du Maurier
31 – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
32 – On the Road by Jack Kerouac
33 – Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
34 – The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
35 – The Outsider by Albert Camus
36 – The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
37 – Life of Pi by Yann Martel
38 – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
39 – The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
40 – Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
41 – Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
42 – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
43 – Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
44 – Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defor
45 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
46 – Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
47 – The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
48 – Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
49 – The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
50 – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Personally I have read 17 on the list in their entirety (I have them bolded), and I own another 16 that I haven’t read. How much have you read on the list? :)
I’ve been trying to reteach myself how to crochet lately, something that I learned from my mom like years and years ago. I don’t know how to do much with it, and I was just practicing with this bit of yarn that I had, and it started to look sort of like a bookmark. What if I just crocheted my own bookmark? That would be awesome. :D I know that there are other bookmark designs to crochet, but I’ll have to work my way up there.
And now, some non-bookmark things. This is my booklight for reading in bed before I go to sleep, which I normally do. I don’t like having the room light on just for reading, so I thought I would buy this little booklight when I have to read, and it’s been working like a charm. The light isn’t so blindingly bright, and the clip is such a way that it won’t damage the pages of the book. Whether the book is hardcover or paperback, it just fits, and I like it. Our cat does too apparently, so he likes to bat it with its paw sometimes while I’m reading.
I found this Book Lover’s Journal in Barnes & Noble, and I think I’m that kind of person who just collects pretty journals/diaries but rarely writes in them. I haven’t really used this yet, even though I see how practical and organized it is. It’s not that I haven’t tried to use it either, but I discovered there isn’t enough space to put down all my thoughts on the one page the journal provides per book. I might as well put all of that on this blog!
Finally, I have this Book Giver button from last year’s first annual World Book Night (it’s now attached to my purse). I was really lucky and glad to be chosen as a Book Giver, and I was able to give away 20 copies of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien to some students I was student teaching last year. Such a good feeling. The next one is this Tuesday, April 23. Spread the joy of reading by giving away books!
So, that’s all I have right now. Thanks for reading, and until next time, take care!