December 10, 2009


BTT asks: "What items have you ever used as a bookmark? What is the most unusual item you've ever used?"

I hate dog-earing so I've used just about everything. Money, photos, sticky notes, index cards, business cards, booklights, even the receipts for the books themselves. Oh, and even actual bookmarks. I have a pile of bookmarks from most of the bookstores I've shopped or worked in. I used to like the thick, satisfying dark blue ribbon-shaped bookmarks we gave out at Scribner's.

I think bookmarks are also fun to discover in used books. I've found all kinds of things including other people's family photos in used books. I tend to just keep them in there and use them myself.

But most unusual? I don't know. I can't wait to hear other answers on that one. I did get some of those stretchy wrap around bungee things from Levenger as a gift once, but they get stretched out after awhile and can be a bit cumbersome, but they can be good for travelling to help you keep your book from getting too beat up in your bag.

I guess index cards are the best. You can make notes on them and they're cheap if you lose one. They're also stiff enough to jam in there so they don't fall out.