Lazy Monday Post

22 Feb

You know the feeling – you’re reading along, totally engrossed in a story, when someone rudely interrupts you and forces you to put your book down. Hypothetically here, your “boyfriend” tries to talk to you, or your “train” arrives at your stop.

What’s a reading girl to do if there’s not an actual bookmark on hand? Some of my bookmark substitutes have included a smaller book, a migraine medication prescription, and a jar of jam that I took from a hotel room.

What’ve you had to use in a reading emergency?


14 Responses to “Lazy Monday Post”

  1. farmlanebooks February 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    I am always using non-bookmarks! Normally it is just a bit of paper I’ve torn off the nearest piece of junk mail, or a train ticket. I’m not sure I’ve ever used anything as weird as a pot of jam – if I can’t find any paper then I normally just memorise the page number, or leave the book open on the right page.

  2. winstonsdad February 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    a jar of jam ? , tend to use post cards as book marks my self ,have used a money notes or string

  3. Luke Coleman February 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    I use an old train ticket. There is always one in my wallet.

  4. John Chidley-Hill February 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    I almost always use subway transfers, but I am a big fan of tickets to sporting events. I’ve always got a few lying around the house and they’re the perfect size. Also, since they’re made of cardboard they’re sturdier than most bookmarks.

  5. Sasha February 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    My notebook, a cigarette, a pen, my bangles, bread, another book, a tiny pot of cactus, my laptop’s adapter, a pillow, my sleeping boyfriend’s elbow… I could go on and on. I’ve never gotten the hang of bookmarks (most of the time I just close the book and hope I can hunt my way back in), but when the going gets good and real life intrudes–the nearest object at hand does the trick. :)

  6. Lija February 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    Loving these answers! Do any of us actually use bookmarks the way God and Scholastic book fairs intended?

    Sasha, your list is particularly impressive. I didn’t think many things could be less bookmark-like than a jam jar, but I was very wrong. Cacti and elbows for the win.

    Jackie, I often try to just remember my page number as well, but I find that this costs me too much time when I’m just reading in 20 minute snippets on the tube.

  7. bookssnob February 22, 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    This happens to me all the time! I like to use receipts – I tend to leave them in the book, and then five years later when I open the book again, I can have a nostalgic think back to the 30th of September 2001 when I spent £2.70 on pick and mix and a magazine from the now defunct Woolworths. Such good memories!

    • Lija February 23, 2010 at 11:55 am #

      That is fun! I also enjoy old to-do lists, especially when they don’t make sense anymore. “Milk, THURSDAY!!!, M. the W.”

  8. Riff Randell February 23, 2010 at 1:07 am #

    Y’know, I don’t know that I even OWN a real bookmark.

    I’m with the previous commentators; bits of paper, public transit transfers, my cat (no, really, she likes to lie on books)…

    • Lija February 23, 2010 at 11:56 am #

      Cats love books. My theory is that they see that you’re staring at them and they get jealous, so they make sure that you can only stare at them.

  9. Sonja February 23, 2010 at 6:30 am #

    Most of the time I just end up folding down the top corner of the page. I know this is a bad habit because I end up with a lot of creased pages, but I can’t help it! For me the easiest way to mark a page is always with the page itself.

    I like the idea of a cat as a bookmark though.

  10. savidgereads February 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    Oh postcards, train tickets, an envelope, a post it, a supermarket receipt anything and everything!

    • Lija February 25, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

      Those are all made of paper though! You are clearly not as much of a hardcore reader as me or Sasha. Or maybe you just take care of your belongings and I’m a big slob…

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