So, I just reread Three Dark Crowns in preparation for reading One Dark Throne (and I’m SO glad I did—I had no idea how much I’d forgotten!). And I underlined things. Yep, you read that right—I underlined things.
Okay, you might not be all that surprised to hear that someone underlined passages in a book, but both my husband and my daughter saw me doing it and they were shocked. Possibly appalled (at least on my behalf).
You see, I don’t write in books. I don’t crease their spines. I don’t dog-ear or let my books get wet near the pool. Books are treasured items that must be kept pristine. Perfect.
So what made me change? (Well, at least take a little baby step toward change.)
I think it started because I did a traveling ARC review for After the Woods way back in February of 2016 where we were required to write in the book. And I did. A lot. And I kind of loved it. It felt so freeing to write all of my thoughts and feelings down while I was reading, and especially to write down my predictions about what might happen next. That was my first experience writing in a book and it paved the way for more…
Next, I started underlining things and writing little notes in the books I read for my homeschooling classes. I mean, that totally makes sense, right? I’m teaching the class, so it’s good for me to write my observations and point out foreshadowing and the like.
But I still had never written in my own book that I was reading for pleasure. It still felt a bit like sacrilege. Until now.
I had considered doing a traveling reread of Three Dark Crowns before One Dark Throne came out and sending the book around for people to write their own comments in and then pass it on… but you all know what my July and August turned out to be like. I just didn’t manage it.
Still, I wanted to do a reread of TDC (something else I NEVER do). A careful one. So, I reread my spoiler-filled discussion of the book with my predictions (and all 50,000 comments from readers with their predictions), and I sat down, red pen in hand to truly study the book. (I would have written comments as well, but I want my oldest to read the book and I didn’t want to end up giving spoilers. I might go and add some later! Or tell him to add some… Ooh, yeah, that’s a great idea!)
I loved it. I got so much more out of the book (and found SO many clues that I’d missed the first time reading it). In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I decided to do the same with One Dark Throne when I started reading it last night (somehow that felt even crazier because it’s not a reread—I know, I’m living on the edge here).
I’m also underlining things in Brooding YA Hero as I’m reading it (though those aren’t clues, just fun lines that I love—there are lots of them!) Maybe this will become a thing.
Of course, one drawback to writing in my books is that I can’t pass them along to other people, so I can really only do it for books that I’m planning to keep. Still, I think I’ll experiment with this writing in books thing a bit more. We shall see…
Do you write in your books? Would you consider it?
What about for things like dual reviews?
(I’m thinking of throwing the idea out there for my Make Me Read It Giveaway if someone wants to do a dual review with me.)
I want to know!