Musing Mondays

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about note taking…

Do you take notes while reading – either for your reviews or for yourself? How/where do you make these notes (on the page, post-its, scrap paper, notebooks etc)?

Generally speaking, I don't take notes while reading but I will jot down the quotes that are meaningful, memorable and/or left an emotional impact on me (on journal). For reviewing purpose, I will mark the pages with post-its tags for the passages that I wish to share with my readers so that I know I will not miss them when I draft the review; I will then remove those tags after the review.

What about you?

I missed Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-thon Challenge during the weekend, and I did mention that I will try to log onto the internet to cheer everyone but unfortunately I did not have the chance since my little darling was not feeling well (she is still having cough and a running nose) and it does not help when she was feeling clingy and cried whenever I leave her out of sight. Anyway, I am glad to know everyone had a wonderful time reading and having fun out of it! (At present, I am still not done reading all the posts for the Read-a-thon on my Google Reader and it sure is fun reading them and viewing the pictures.) I cannot wait to read all the reviews and I hope everyone had a good rest after this challenge.

15 Responses
  1. I started keeping notes as I read when I began reviewing books. It was a bit difficult at first but now I get anxious if I'm reading and don't have my journal handy or at least a piece of paper--just in case. It helps jog my memory when I need it, but I don't always refer back to the journal when I right the review. It just depends.

    I'm sorry your daughter isn't feeling well, Melody. I hope she is healthy again soon. My husband was sick all weekend and I think may have passed it on to me. :-S

    Have a great week, Melody.

  2. caite Says:

    I am not a notetaker. I am a Post-it pointer, using those little post-it flags to mark certain point.

    Some of them actually prove useful when I look back at them. Often however, I go back and wonder why I tagged something.

  3. Alice Says:

    I do a combination of few things. Sometimes I take notes, sometimes I just stick stuff on pages. :)

  4. Violet Says:

    I am the same, although I don't take notes, I do mark passages I might want to share. But I don't use post-its, I dog ear, oops :)

    I hope your daughter is feeling well.

  5. Beth F Says:

    Sorry sorry to hear about the little one's not feeling well. Don't feel bad if you don't read all the zillions of Read-a-Thon post....

  6. Ceri Says:

    Awww, poor little thing *hugs* I hope she feels better soon.

    I don't really keep notes anymore. In uni my books were covered in writing but now I'll only underline something if I find it especially profound.

  7. I take notes sometimes, I'm trying to do better. After reading about it though I am considering the post-it-note thing.

    Hope your little one feels better soon.

  8. I hope your daughter gets to feeling better soon! This time of year there are so many things going around--hope it's nothing serious.

    When I read I....DOG EAR pages I want to refer back to. I'm lazing so this usually only ends up being two or three pages in a book, but I can hear book lovers all over the world groaning in horror! :)

    I used to take notes (on paper and in the book) while in school but it takes too long to stop and start reading for this now.

  9. The Bookworm Says:

    I do mark passages I like to include in my reviews also.
    Hope your little ones feels better!

  10. Ana S. Says:

    Awww Melody, I really hope your girl feels better soon!

    As for notes, yep...I'm a compulsive note taker :P

  11. Melody Says:

    Wendy - I wish I'm more of a note taker. Sometimes I forgot what I want to say when writing reviews, especially when I'm falling behind on them, LOL.

    I hope you didn't get the virus, Wendy! Have a great week! :)

    Caite - I love post-it flags. I can't imagine without them if I want to mark something! They're easy to remove and won't leave any sticky stains behind and that's what I love most!

    Alice - Combinations are good IMO. :)

    Violet - Don't feel bad about dog-earring, LOL. Everyone has their way of marking books. ;)

    Beth - I've managed to read all the posts today! Mission accomplished! :P

    Ceri - I love writing on textbooks, LOL. But the best part is highlighting the passages with highlighters with different colours. A few ex-classmates ever commented to me that they couldn't concentrate the lines if they were me, haha. :P

    Crystal - Post-it flags are the best for marking books IMO! ;)

    Trish - I think I'm biased. I dog ear textbooks but not the books for reading, LOL!

    Naida - Welcome to the book marking club, Naida! :P

    Nymeth - You're definitely a compulsive note taker, Nymeth, but that's a good thing IMO and like I told you before, you always write so well for the reviews. One of the things I like about your reviews is the quotes you share from the books! ;)

    I want to thank everyone for your well wishes to my baby. She's getting much better today! :)

  12. Iliana Says:

    I missed out on the read-a-thon too but there's always the next one right?! Hope your little one is feeling better, Melody!

    Oh and I do try to take notes as I read but it just depends. I usually start taking notes but around the middle of the book I've stopped.

  13. Julia Says:

    No I usually don't take notes while reading. It would take me out of my reading and the rhythm speed. I probably should take notes, since I do review at my own blog (for fun, not for publcist) and it could help me make my reviews better. But I just don't. However if there is something that I think should be important for reader or myself to know about the book, I might joint down something on papers and stick it into say book.

    I know I have a long way to go in improving my reviews. My old habit of grammars and spelling errors tend to sneak out sometime and it worry me that my review would not come across the way I want it to be. Sometime spell checker don't always catch every words. But I hope you forgive me for my errors reviews.

  14. Melody Says:

    Iliana - Thanks, Iliana! She's getting much better now! :)

    Julia - I admit it does take away the reading pleasure while marking those passages away, LOL. That's why I try to make it to a minimal but sometimes I'd just get carried away. :P

    Honestly, I think your reviews are fine and you know I love reading rambling posts. ;)

  15. Veens Says:

    I try and remember pages of the passages i want to quote :-)
    and no i dnt really take notes!

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