Last night while I was reading and tabbing my book I decided that I should write a short post about why and how I tab my books.
I know a lot of you tab your books, highlight them and even write on them which is a great thing. First of all, I don’t think that doing those things makes you a less reader than others. You’re not harming your books, you are making them yours. Every time I tab, highlight or write in my books, I feel like I’m making them mine. Yes, I bought them so they’re mine, but somehow doing those things makes me feel like I really own them.
I started tabbing my books a couple of months ago (almost a year, I think). Before doing that, I always had a journal by my side and I wrote every single quote I liked, important parts, or even a little summary of each chapter. Somehow I started feeling tired while doing that, and I even stopped reading because I thought “if I read, I have to write… I’m not in the mood for that” which was a stupid thing to think. I remember that I started reading Queen of Shadows and I started writing, but I got so attached to the story that I forgot I was writing so, I only wrote like 3 quotes from the first six chapters. Also, while I was reading it, I started tabbing it, and it was PRETTY cool. I liked how my book looked with all those tabs when I finished reading so, I decided to keep doing it.
I use post-it flags to tab my books, and now I go crazy buying them because I run out of them really quickly. For example, I wanted to use only red post-it flags when I was reading Six of Crows and guess what happened? I ran out of red tabs and I wasn’t even in the middle of the book so, I had to choose freaking pink tabs because I didn’t have more read. I was a little bit annoyed by that, but now everything’s fine (lol).
I always highlighted my books because I liked it, but now I started underlining some parts with a colored pen. Let me tell you, it looks even more beautiful than when I highlighted them. I can use the color I want, I can match the color with the book colors, I can use multiple colors, ahhhh… it’s amazing.
Now I really feel like I own my books, and I’m gonna keep doing these things because they make me feel good. I don’t have a color code for my tabs, I just tab whatever I like. Some people have a color code when they tab books, and I think it’s a great idea but I’m too lazy to do that (lol). I do get that some people hate doing al of these things because they like to keep their books clean, but I like to do it. It’s not nice to judge others because they “damage” their books, and it’s not nice to judge others because they keep their books clean. Do what makes you feel happy, and what makes you feel comfortable.
That wraps up this post. Let me know in the comments if you do any of these things, or what you like to do. Also, if you keep your books clean, let me know because I like to know what other people do. Thank you so much for reading. Until next time, xoxo.