Wait! Stop! I want to write that down

@makingpots (11922)
United States
January 20, 2009 3:08pm CST
Do you write while you are reading? When you come across a new word, a word you like, maybe just an interesting phrase or idea, do you stop and write it down? Do you make notes in the margin, put an asterisk in the corner of the page? Or do you to prefer to just read and not let anything disrupt the fun of reading. What kind of reader are you? A jotter(jot things down), an underliner, a margin marker, pleasure reader, what???
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
20 Jan 09
well, i am a history fanatic and i am reading a history book on the civil war and came across a name i had heard of before. the name was archibald gracie and i also remembered that name from the sinking of the titanic. turns out the father was in the civil war and the son was on the titanic. interesting.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
20 Jan 09
Very interesting!! I think history fanatics are often the most interesting people to converse with, this is an example of why I feel that way. Thanks for sharing, cher913.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 Jan 09
I don't write in my books, but I do sometimes jot things down in my notebook; or more often I put a piece of paper in the page and come back to it later.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
20 Jan 09
Hi, p1key! xx How've ya been? I jot things down too. I always have my journal near when I'm reading.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
20 Jan 09
So we are surrounded by goody-goodies!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 Jan 09
I am always surrounded by gorgeous women Pots. Some of whom are good and the best of whom are BAD!!! LOL. I am naughty I know!
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@Jasna88 (152)
• Serbia And Montenegro
2 Feb 09
I ALWAYS underline, something funny, smart, good metaphor, sad........i cant read without a pencil. All books are mine (i dont like library books) so i have all freedom to write in them. Like that, for me, books looks much more personal and read. Dont you agree?
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
3 Feb 09
I do agree. I like to own my books too. I don't enjoy reading library books as much.
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@Jasna88 (152)
• Serbia And Montenegro
3 Feb 09
Yeah, library books somehow dont give the same feeling, you always must be careful not to write in them, spill something on page, your hands must be clean so you sdont leave some mark etc etc. Almost taking away of us all joy oh reading, instead making us concentrate on something else, much les important. Happy Myloting and reading my friends!
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@Jezebella (1446)
• United States
19 Mar 09
I love to write down ideas and phrases when I am reading. It helps me remember the thought I had. Sometimes I write little journal entries or something about what the lines I wrote down or they inspire something of my own to write.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
20 Mar 09
That's an excellent habit to have, Jezebella. I do a similar thing but not as often as I used to.
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@Porcospino (19496)
• Denmark
20 Jan 09
I like to read and I am also a writer myself, so when I read something interesting or somethings which inspires me in my own writing, I always write it down in my notebook. I know from experience that if I don't write it down straight away, I just forget about it. I my notebook I keep the texts that I didn't finish yet and the ideas that I didn't start writing about yet. When I read something interesting I rarely make notes in the book itself, I find that too confusing, and I prefer to use my notebook instead.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
20 Jan 09
Haha, I can relate. I know myself too and must write down if I want to remember.
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@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
22 Jan 09
When I was a teenager and I was doing my English Ordinary level exam I used to keep a copybook with me and trying to jot down every new word and expression that I encountered. Nowadays i do read for leisure mostly. Therefore I don't fel to mark each new word. Though I do research what it means. © ronaldinu 2009 – the more people I meet – the more I love my dog.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Jan 09
Hi, ronaldinu. Have you gotten any new words from myLot lately?
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@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
27 Jan 09
The last word that I did not know what it means was the word tad which means small
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
20 Mar 09
LOL, I write while I'm writing. I often make notes in the margins about other ideas I get so I remember to go back to them later. I will read something in a magazine that will set my brain in motion and I'll write a response of sorts, kind of like reflective writing.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Hey, that's a great idea......
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• United States
25 Jan 09
I write in books! I highlite, and all kinds of things actually. like if I dont know a word I'l highlight it, and then write the definition in the book; in the back mind you. I rarely write in the margines. And i totally perfer to buy the book instead of go to the library, especially if its a popular one. My books usually get crumpled and thrown around...and its disrespectful to the book, but what can I do I have two little ones under the age of three and they enjoy books as much as me. They can't read but the hold the book like they can. My two year old can recognize words like, the, and, as, it, top, and simple words like that so he will point them out to me. its cute. I love diving into a great story, and my kids are doing the same now. Theres no reason why i shouldn't write in my books, or highlight in them, their mine, and I enjoy them that way. Its more of an interaction kind of thing, you know?
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
3 Feb 09
I understand the interaction aspect. I too prefer to buy my book. But there are some of my books I like to keep unmarked and in good condition. Books signed by the author or first edition books, etc.
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• United States
22 Jan 09
i wont mark in the book.. that would kill me!! but i will write it down or pause and go look up the word real quick if its bugging me that i dont know it
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Jan 09
Yes, it seems a lot of people can't bring themselves to write in a book.
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• United States
21 Jan 09
laser mouse - Laser mouse with lights.
It has been more recently that I have started jotting more things down. I will have a notepad near me when I am reading something that may have formulas or ideas I want to have easy access to.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Jan 09
I always have a notebook (journal) with me when I'm reading too. Actually, I always have a journal with me.
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@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
21 Jan 09
All the time. I get ideas, see a cool word, the phrase, whatever, so I have to write it down in my notebook. (Whichever is closest) Write in the book? Horrors, no!! Then I'd have to see that mark every time I reread that page. They personally offend me. They weren't there when I bought the book, they aren't supposed to be there now. Besides, logically, if you mark in the book you still aren't going to be able to find the page unless you wrote that down somewhere else. So why do it? It also reduces the resale value, in case you don't want it anymore.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Jan 09
Horrors!! Hahaha You make a good point, snowcat46. You aren't going to be able to find the page again.
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• United States
20 Jan 09
The only time I underline or bookmark a page is when I am reading the Bible.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
20 Jan 09
I underline a lot in my bible, whiteheather39.
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
21 Jan 09
Hi Pots how are u well to be honest, i am one who READ READ And READ if i like some word, phrase or sentence, i might reasd it 2-3 times and enjoy it but i dont like to mark, underline or make the margins at book, i believe that book should remain neat and clean. and to be honest, if i encounter a new or difficult word, i ponder on it and if dictionary is near me, i willcheck it out, otherwise skip and go on LOL Take care
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
21 Jan 09
Hello, cupid. Must be clean and neat. That is good.
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
23 Jan 09
yeah i believe books have their dignity must be adhered take care
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
20 Jan 09
Hi makingpots. To me, what I do would depend on the typer of book that I am reading. For example a thriller may have me so engrossed, or any other work of fiction for that matter, so I just continue to read until the last page. If I am reading the Bible then I have many verses that are highlighted and lots of annotations in the margins etc. My books on art, I do not mark. So generally, no, I am not a marker of books. Good post. Blessings
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
21 Jan 09
Hi, cynthiann. Do you have a lot of books on art?
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• United States
20 Jan 09
First let me say that I'm NOT a HUGE book reader except for the Bible or baby and kids books that I normally read to my daughter. I do often come across words, phrases or anything interesting and I have a special notebook pad specially for that. I don't write in the Bible or other books, I would feel disorganized if I do that. I may be far from the most organized person in the world, but I'm also far from the worst. And I also have a scrap book that I use for just about anything. I think I have slopping handwriting, maybe coz I write too fast and don't care how it looks. Yeah, I think that's it. Oh yeah..I'm sure that's it.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
21 Jan 09
Yeah, that's probably it.
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23 Apr 09
Sloping handwriting. Lol Me too. I think I'm just cross-eyed. Lol
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• United States
20 Jan 09
It depends on what I am reading. When I am reading something like an Eric Jerome Dickey novel, or some other romance, I just read along and enjoy it. If there is a word that I don't understand, which is rare, I use context clues to figure out what it means. And if it bugs me enough, I remember the word until I feel like getting up and getting the dictionary. But, if I am reading something for self-improvement, I like to make brackets in the passage around sentences that impress me favorably, or that I want to remember. That way, when I re-read the book, I am reminded of the passage. I also may make separate notes in a notebook, especially if the book is asking me questions to which the answers I want to remember.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
21 Jan 09
Hi, drknlvly. I mark up self-improvement books quite a lot too. I laugh at myself about that sometimes..... 'wow, must've really needed this book'.
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• United States
21 Jan 09
Lol, that is why I stopped using highlighters for those kind of books! I had a book, "All you can do is all you can do" by Art Williams. That book had so many passages that impressed me, there are entire pages in there that I have highlighted! Then the ink soaked through to the other side, making it difficult to read. After that experience, I just started putting brackets around the first and last words of the passage I want to indicate.
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
1 Feb 09
Mostly I am a pleasure reader. If I were to jot something down it would be on paper outside of the book. I wouldn't want to mar the book. It would hinder someone elses enjoyment, be a distraction for the next reader of the book.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
3 Feb 09
I agree. I only mark books that I'm sure will not be read by another.
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@riyasam (16574)
• India
27 Jan 09
i am sort of a pleasure reader,i donot jot words downbut i do try and store it in my memory,so that at some opportune moment,i can vomit it out.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
3 Feb 09
vomit it out.
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@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
25 Jan 09
You betcha do write while I am reading? When I come across a new word, especially one I don't know the meaning of, a word you like, maybe just an interesting phrase or idea, [b]I stop and go directly to dictionary.com to learn the meaning of it. For instance I have had some folks respond to discussions that I have started and they write words in their response that I don't understand, I immediately open another window and go to dictionary.com to look up the word. I also do that when I am writing reviews or drawing other pieces of art.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Jan 09
Ah, yes you have a good system.
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@meggan79 (436)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I don't make notes when im reading, unless it is studying. I prefer to get myself lost in whatever I am reading.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Jan 09
It is fun to get lost in whatever you are reading.
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