Discussion Posts: Writing in books

writing in books

Another week, another discussion post!

Though this week’s topic isn’t a “serious” topic, I still think people have a lot to say when it comes to this.

Plus we need a light-hearted topic every so often, right?

So…writing in books. Do you do it?

Why would people write in books?

Well, that’s the thing. I don’t know many reasons why, but I can guess a few:

– Because they like a certain part of the book, and want to comment on it.

– Because they ran out of sticky notes and it’s the next best option.

– Because they want to underline or highlight favourite quotes.

– Because they just feel like doodling, and it’s paper.

Do I write in books?

Absolutely not! I have a notebook to write my thoughts in and sticky notes to tab my favourite quotes. I have no reason to write in my books.

Plus let’s face it, I’m one of those people who loves keeping their books pristine. I don’t crack the spine, I don’t dog-ear the pages. And I don’t write in them.

Though I have done before. When I was taking an English Literature course last year, I had to take so many notes on the books we studied, and post it notes became too much of a hassle. There wasn’t enough space to stick them, while being able to still see the text. So I just began writing in them with pencil. Now my copies of Jane Eyre and Tess of the D’Urbervilles has hundreds or tiny notes dotted around the pages.


Join the discussion!

Do you write in your books? Why?Β 

Or maybe you only write in books sometimes?

What would convince you to write in a book?

Have you ever written in a book?

Join the discussion in the comments!

Until next time…



Come and visit me!

heart a

My Instagram (Bookstagram)

My Twitter

My Goodreads

My Bloglovin’



26 thoughts on “Discussion Posts: Writing in books

  1. I did an English literature BA and MA and to be honest the people who DIDN’T write in their copies were the odd ones – everyone had falling apart copies with dog-eared pages and pencil scribbles and post-it notes everywhere. All of it helped to really dissect a text and keeping it in one book was easier than having different notes everywhere.

    However, now I’ve graduated I make a point of not writing in my books at all. If I like a quote, I’ll put a sticky tab in it. I think part of it is new found freedom – I don’t HAVE TO dissect quotes in minute detail any more. If I do happen to dissect a quote, it isn’t necessary to study and memorise it for a test, so it’s oddly liberating for me to not HAVE TO write in a book now.

    Weird how that happens haha. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Like Emma I did an English literature BA and MA as well, and yup, the vast majority wrote all over their books. I don’t know, for some reason I really enjoy writing in books, particularly when studying. It made me feel very… student-y and helped with the motivation in some way, hahaha. Kind of like well-organized stationary makes you feel motivated and student-y.

    I rarely write in non-syllabus books though, but mostly because I don’t feel the need to take notes as I don’t have to analyze them in any way. I dog ear pages with quotes I like though, or if there’s something on the page that I want to remember for my review.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. It’s so much easier when analyzing just to write in the books themselves! I get what you mean though about not analyzing the books you’re not studying – there just no need to, simply enjoy πŸ™‚


  3. Noooo! I could never write in a book now. I’m like you and I like to keep my books in pristine condition.

    I will admit though, I have written in books in the past, more when I was a child though so I’ll let myself off πŸ˜›

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Personally I would never write in books. A couple reasons why are because I like my books to be as pristine as possible for as long as possible. Also I like being focused on the actual book and appreciating the beauty of the writing. HOWEVER! I do like reading books that have notes written in them purposely. Such as “S.” and “Illuminae”.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Books that have different formatting are AMAZING! I adore them! If you haven’t read it already, and don’t mind creepy/pyschological type books, I’d recommend The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. It’s written through interviews, messages, camera footage etc. πŸ˜€


  5. I don’t usually write in books, and the Shadowhunter books are probably the only ones in which I have actually written stuff in! (I did that because I was obsessed with this new highlighter set that I had bought, which now that I reflect back on it, is a very stupid reason!) My English teacher at school does tell us to make running notes during class, but I really can’t write in a novel! I have a separate journal for my thoughts as well *high five*! I do write a lot in textbooks though, as in little notes and definitions πŸ™‚
    Also, I think it is better to write notes separately because sometimes, my notes turn into essays and take up all the space! Also, the journals that I have are just too pretty to not write in and even if I don’t have to write in them, I do end up filling it.
    Now I am going to stop… Sorry for the huge comment! Hope I did not waste any of your time!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Don’t apologize! I love reading through huge comments πŸ˜€ ❀
      I completely agree with you about writing in a separate book. I buy wayyyy too many notebooks, need to use them somehow so why not for my book thoughts! Especially when they turn into rambles haha πŸ˜€

      Liked by 1 person

  6. I wrote notes in the margins of my English texts, and also the books I was reading in French and German, but aside from making the odd vocab note in my french novels, I don’t do it anymore.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. In every English & Lit class I’ve take, I too have found that it’s actually odd not to write in your books. I got in the habit of annotating to analyze which is hard to break.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. I can’t say that I’ve ever written in a book! Even in English class but that was because they only allowed us one copy which had to be kept blank for exams. I tend to write notes either on my phone or a notebook, with tabs for quick reference – if I remember XD lately I’ve come out of the habit but I do like looking back at what stood out to me, so in that way I can understand why people write in books. I still don’t think I ever will though!
    Enchanted by YA

    Liked by 1 person

    1. We had to photocopy a blank copy to take into exams – there was SO much paper on one table! Such a stupid idea! And I love leaving my post it notes in books to find them later and see why it stood out to me so much πŸ˜€


  9. I would never right in books that I read recreationally! Just no, I hate seeing pencil marks in books or worse- pen marks (I have seen library books which have been marked like this unfortunately.). If you are reading a book for study though, that’s a different story and that’s acceptable.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s