Bookmark love

bookmarksI’m a picky person. I don’t create a lot of drama about things — well, not usually — but I do prefer things to always go my way. Strict rules govern how I like to eat, write, work and, of course, read. And these same rules dictate to me what I can even use to mark my place in the books I read! It’s probably a little bit more than obsessive-compulsive, but I like to control everything . . . even down to bookmarks.

Yes — bookmarks.

If you flip open one of my paperbacks, you’re not going to find a receipt or magazine postcard wedged in the spine. Nor will you come across an old grocery list, a notecard or a photo. I use paper bookmarks exclusively — the flat, cardstock ones typically found for free by registers at Borders or the like. I don’t like plastic, and I don’t like metal. I can’t get into anything that makes the book bigger or doesn’t let the pages lie flat. I’m not into tassles hanging off the pages, and I don’t like anything that’s going to be longer than the actual book itself. I can occasionally get behind some ribbon — but it depends on the type.

Are you still reading? Do you think I’m totally nuts?

If your answer is a resounding “YES!”, I’m happy to share some of the creations others have made on Etsy . . . because I love them, but I just can’t imagine I’d ever use them. Because I’m just — meh. I have to do it my way! I have about 15 flat, cardstock bookmarks I just rotate from book to book, and I can’t see that changing anytime soon.

The only exception to this is a paperclip bookmark made by the lovely Kristine of beach cottage studio. With an awesome journal I purchased from her in the spring, she sent me one of her creations — and I do love it, and use it often! It was very sweet of her to include it, and I’m glad I gave it a chance.

Ready for some more bookmark love? Then cast aside your reservations and start clicking!

Ribbon bookmark by beachcottagestudio, $4.95

Ribbon bookmark by beachcottagestudio, $4.95

Murano glass heart bookmark by caldon98, $10

Murano glass heart bookmark by caldon98, $10

Minty the Happy Cupcake bookmark by littlegenschi, $6.50

Minty the Happy Cupcake bookmark by littlegenschi, $6.50

corner_bookmark

Set of three corner bookmarks by LilBitSassy, $2.50

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Musing Mondays: Marking my place

Monday again! musing_mondays Here’s this week’s question:

What do you use to mark your place while reading? Do you have a definite preference? Do you use bookmarks, paper, or (gasp) turn down the pages? If you use bookmarks, do you have a favourite one?

I’m pretty obsessive-compulsive about my bookmarks, as I am with most things! Firstly, I never, ever dog-ear the pages — I hate that! Sometimes I give my sister permission to turn down the page if we’re both reading the same book so she can put her own bookmark in, but if I’m the only one reading it, you’ll never see me pulling that!

Like many devoted readers, I have a pretty big collection of bookmarks — but all of them are the cheap, freebie ones! I do have one or two nice ones, like a hand-painted bookmark I got in San Gimignano, Italy. But since I’m constantly jamming them in the pages and the books are getting kicked around on my floor, jammed in a purse or otherwise jostled, I usually stick with my paper ones! I have a particular Borders bookmark a bookseller gave me years and years ago — long before I ever worked there — and I’ve kept it all this time. It’s the perfect size — not too long, not too short — and it’s appropriately creased where I like bookmarks to be creased.

And if you didn’t think I was a little bizarre and OCD before, you do now! 🙂 Happy Monday, everyone!