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Edited: Oct 20, 2006, 3:57pm Top

What do you usually use for marking your place in a book? Do you have a favorite bookmark? Or do you just tear scraps of toilet paper (which I do since I do a lot of reading in the bathroom) or use those subscription cards out of magazines? What's the strangest bookmark you've ever used? Any weird bookmark stories?

For my part, since I had adored the LOTR movies so much a friend gave me a bookmark with Legolas Greenleaf on it and the "One Ring" attached to one end. The dog (a Retriever) thought it was too tempting a target and tore it off my bookmark and then swallowed it. Days later we found the One Ring in the backyard where we expected it to be.

Oct 20, 2006, 3:16pm Top

I use the paint sample from hardware stores. You can get all kinds of patterns and colors. They're free and so pretty. I'll either use one with a color that matches the mood of the book or just coordinates with the cover.

Oct 20, 2006, 4:32pm Top

I actually use anything, from pieces of paper to subscription cards from magazines. But I also have some pretty and even old, collectible, bookmarks. At times I forget them in books and what a nice surprise it is to find them again!!
bookishbunny, yours is a great idea.

Oct 20, 2006, 4:48pm Top

I too love your idea, bookishbunny. Most of my favorite bookstores give out bookmarks (advertising the store, of course), so I tend to use those.

When I travel, I tend to use ticket stubs (trains, planes) in whatever book I'm reading. This usually provides a pleasant surprise when I find one again, as I can recall the trip as well as the book. But on one occasion, the surprise was more disconcerting than pleasant, because I came across a stub from TWA 800 (the one that mysteriously crashed soon after takeoff from JFK) in my copy of Barbara Tuchman's wonderful history of the start of WWI, The Guns of August. And the reason that I had been reading that book on my trip to Paris on TWA 800, was that it was August 1991 and Iraq had just invaded Kuwait, and the start of wars was on my mind. Seeing that ticket stub/bookmark again gave me plenty to think about.

Oct 20, 2006, 5:02pm Top

I love those Oriental Carpet bookmarks. I've got two: one for my current fiction read and one for my current non-fiction read. I've also got a nice selection of bookmarks friends have made for me and a couple of really nice ones I got from bookstores as promo items.

Oct 20, 2006, 6:11pm Top

Put me down as another who uses whatever scrap of paper that comes to hand, "subscribe to me!" cards, mainly. Or else I memorize the page number. I do have some nice bookmarks picked up here and there, but they never seem to be on-hand when needed.

Oct 20, 2006, 9:05pm Top

My in-laws gave me a book thong for my birthday several years ago, and ever since then nothing else will do. It's a waxed length of linen cord, with beads on either end. The cord eventually frays and you need to replace, and not many stores carry them, but you can always buy cord and beads from a bead store for about a dollar. They're beautiful, and best of all, you can leave them in the book while you're reading and they don't distort the pages at all.

Oct 20, 2006, 9:59pm Top

I usually end up using the receipt from when I bought the book or got it out from the library, since it's usually in the book when I pick it up. If there's not a receipt in the book, I grab one out of my wallet.

(Side note: I keep the paint samples in my bag at all times to write down random things. I've used them for bookmarks but they're too thick compared to receipts. But they're good for writing down book titles to pick up later when you're in a book store)

Oct 20, 2006, 10:05pm Top

I'm another receipts, boarding passes, and miscellaneous scraps-of-paper girl. The problem is that I usually buy more than one book at once, so I don't have enough receipts to go around! Recently, though, I've been using the top half of a grocery-store phone card. Don't ask me why.

Oct 20, 2006, 10:05pm Top

bus tickets and mail bag labels.

Oct 20, 2006, 10:19pm Top

I like to use the free sample bookmarks we get at the library where I work, but my favorites are ones I make myself, printed with favorite quotes. When we check in books, we find all kinds of interesting things, like coupons, old photos, birthday cards, concert ticket stubs, old lottery tickets, candy wrappers, and bread wrapper twist-ties.

Edited: Oct 20, 2006, 10:26pm Top

The main thing I mean to use as a bookmark is metro cards from NYC, which are useless to me now in Ohio, but attractive and nice to put to some use.

Things I mean to use as bookmarks are rarely around when I'm actually reading, somehow, so I'll use whatever I can find, any scrap of paper. I can't read without a pen in hand, so they often serve as bookmarks.

I've also made a habit of leaving scraps of paper in books that say something about what I was doing while I was reading them. Years later when I reopen a book I'll find receipts for cups of coffee, to-do lists on post-its, or a note from a friend who gave me the book. This is a really nice, informal method of record keeping -- sort of a time capsule in a book!

Oct 21, 2006, 5:49am Top

I know it's bad of me, but for the most part I do the leave them open thing, or dogear them. My nice bookmarks are never around when I need them! Fortunately I mostly read my books in one go. I have a metal bookmark and a ribbon one which I got from the History Channel somehow.

Oct 21, 2006, 10:16am Top

I use a book thong as well, one I bought for a SE Asian tsunami charity appeal. If I’m reading a book that’s taller than the length of the thong, I use an old one that someone bought me with my name on it, or a receipt. I read a lot of non-fiction and sometimes need two or even three bookmarks in one book (i.e. for notes and maps or genealogical tables), so sometimes use a combination of these.

Oct 21, 2006, 11:03am Top

When I'm bored at work, I make bookmarks out of pictures from old magazines and packing tape. (I work at a doctor's office, so we have tons of old magazines sitting around.) I keep a cup of bookmarks in my office so I should always have one to use, but they seem to get lost constantly. When I can't find a real bookmark I use whatever I have handy. (Netflix mailers are a favorite)

Oct 21, 2006, 5:50pm Top

I seem to get given enough bookmarks never to have to buy my own- family usually pick them up on holiday as a cheap space-saving present, although I have one that I was given in the Antarctic shop in Christchurch Airport (NZ) when I was buying a present. But when I was a student I tended to use train tickets because I travelled by train a lot.

Oct 21, 2006, 7:38pm Top

I have a very special bookmark woven by my grandmother, one of many that she wove for everyone in the family as a present from her to us to celebrate her 100th birthday. Everytime I use it I think of what an amazing woman she was and just feel inspired. I also use book store bookmarks and other picturesque ones I've picked up through the years. One favourite is a little slice of an Arthur Rackham picture (reproduced of course!).

Oct 22, 2006, 7:35pm Top

Local peanut, that's happened to me too. And I'm ashamed to admit that I've sent more than one book back to the library with teeth marks in them.

Bookishbunny, i've also made use of paint chips in that manner.

Lately, I've been using cards that I receive from my favorite people. One book is currently sporting a birthday card from my brother (a wonderful picture of a little old lady with a grumpy expression saying, "Drive by with your bass a-thumping . . . I'll thump your bass, ya litl b....), and one book is marked with an anniversary card from my husband, and one with a thinking of you card from my best friend.

Oct 23, 2006, 7:45am Top

I used to be a scrap paper kind of guy, but now I use a bookmark my daughter made me last year when she was in kindergarten.

Oct 23, 2006, 8:46am Top

I keep a supply of cardboard bookmarks, mostly with pictures of flowers on them. A long-time favourite is one my son made about ten years ago at school -it's laminated and on the back says "I love you mum". (I know his teacher told him to write it but I can pretend I'm a good mother every time I see the words.)

Oct 23, 2006, 10:27am Top

I also love invitations to weddings and such. My girlfriend had beautiful pink & ivory Asian designed invites. My kitty spilled a drink on the one I used as a bookmark, and I was crushed. Luckily, since I was a bridesmaid, I never sent in the reply card, so I had a second chance. And now I much more vigilant about keeping them away from easily tipped beverages.

Edited: Oct 23, 2006, 2:39pm Top

(My kitty spilled a drink on the one I used as a bookmark)

Never trust a drunken cat!

Oct 23, 2006, 3:59pm Top


Tux does get into the vanilla rum a little too much on Thursdays.

Oct 24, 2006, 9:34am Top

Like afinpassing, I use my metrocards from the NYC Transit system. It is always a reminder of where I would rather be.

Oct 24, 2006, 10:17am Top

Whereas for those of us who live in NYC (or at least for me), I would always either be losing my place by taking out my Metrocard to use it or be mixing up a usable Metrocard with money on it with one an unusable one that had no money left!

Oct 24, 2006, 8:48pm Top

I used to use those fake credit cards that they send you in the mail . . . but they kept falling out probably because most of them were made of slick plastic. Then I used LA Dodger baseball cards . . . especially when they had a lousy season. Right now, I find myself using empty Burpee seed packets. My mom found a box of old seeds and since they have a limited shelf life of 2 or 4 years . . . I just emptied them all. I like the pretty pictures and the way they crackle in my books.

Oct 28, 2006, 1:01pm Top

I actually collect bookmarks. I think I have about 50 or so now. I have all the LOTR bookmarks too-(message #1)...but my dogs have yet to eat any of the rings. LOL!

I have a couple of the oriental carpet bookmarks that were mentioned too. Those are very beautiful. I also have a few homemade bookmarks, made from ribbon and/or beads and the such. I have lots of those little cards with verses or poems on them. My favorite bookmarks are beaded bookmarks. I make them from colorful strings and beads. Some of them just fit the length of the book and the beads are at either end (like those book thongs, if you've ever seen those)...and some are elastic and have lots of beads...and they just wrap around the book's spine. No beads inside, of course! Don't want to damage the books! :)

Oh, and I have a few little bookmarks that are from Cake decorations!! LOL

hmmm, now I'm encouraged to go make a squirl collection for my bookmarks! :D

Oct 28, 2006, 5:23pm Top

Found in library books: dollar bill, streetcar transfer-slips, a slice of bacon (TRUE! in long-ago Baltimore). Esta 1923

Oct 28, 2006, 6:07pm Top

Holy cow! Did they think the book was two slices of bread?

Oct 29, 2006, 3:46pm Top

Bacon??!! oh my! LOL. I did find some need little treasures in an old book I bought. The book was printed in the 1790's and inside some of the pages I found a dried flower (it's mostly a fossil now), a couple of peices of plaid cloth, and a tiny, handmade doily. Very cool. :)

Oct 29, 2006, 4:11pm Top

Usually one of my books has the only real bookmark I use in it - a piece of ribbon that has a tapestry look and feel about it. Tiny embroidered flowers on a dark green background. Other books get ticket stubs, magazine subscription cards and pieces of junk mail. Recently I did find an old bookmark in a book I never finished - it was pretty cool. Several old chinese stamps in a plastic sleeve. I left it there.

Oct 29, 2006, 5:27pm Top

I can't be the only one who uses my reading glasses as a bookmark?! I have to say, it's very hard on the glasses.

Oct 29, 2006, 5:36pm Top

#31: What a neat idea! Somewhere (I'll find it!) I have the residue of a long-ago stamp collection, including some of those plastic sleeves, and a box of duplicate stamps. I will make up a bunch of "bookmarks" to leave in books mooched from me. (I prefer this to leaving dollar bills.) :)

Oct 29, 2006, 8:42pm Top

No mvrdrk, you've got company.... I do that too.. and tht's the main reason for the state of my glasses apart from basketball games... I also use supermarket bills, library fine slips...floppies, scale, paint brush...blah

35jaw First Message
Edited: Nov 1, 2006, 10:37am Top

I used to buy bookmarks from places I visited (no money to buy books at gift shops then). Just did a quick check of books with bookmarks in and found:
Great Books To Read Aloud - Ely Cathedral
Boys and Girls Forever by Alison Lurie - Fountains Abbey
The Poems of Wilfred Owen (Stallworthy edition) - Tynemouth Castle And Priory
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid - um, this just says John
The Science Of The HitchHiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Historic Locomotives (Puffing Billy, Rocket and 2 others)

Now some of these are current reads, and others have gone on to the backburner - but at least I know where I've got to when I return to them.

(My first post to LT after nearly 3 months of quiet lurking - be kind to my mistakes)

Nov 1, 2006, 11:04am Top

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Nov 1, 2006, 11:05am Top

welcome back, jaw!

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Nov 2, 2006, 1:10pm Top

Oh, I don't think I have a favorite. I have those free bookstore bookmarks everywhere and I still manage to use other random materials if they're more convenient. Plane ticket and concert ticket stubs get used a lot; an occasional magazine subscription card. My most recent random item was a (still-packaged) Band-Aid because it was on the nightstand. Then I actually needed the Band-Aid, and continued to use the empty wrapper as a bookmark until I finished the book.

I have a friend who told me of a rural WA library that keeps a bulletin board full of items returned in the books; I would love to see it.

Nov 3, 2006, 7:25pm Top

I used to use the library slips they give me with the due dates.

I also used to have a set of X-Files bookmarks but most of them have disappeard, although I think my Mulder one might by in my copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I have a bookmark with tree frogs on it that I couldn't resist buying and one with roses which was given to me by my mom's friend.

As for the bookmarks I use today, I purchased a huge box of bookmarks with my cover on them and have basically been using those since I have so many of them.

40bookmasterjmv First Message
Nov 4, 2006, 12:10pm Top

I'm a bit picky with bookmarks.

You see, I use my bookmark to actually guide me down the page. Silly as it seems, I am distracted easily and it's nice that my bookmark is still where I last read.

Therefore, in order for my bookmark to be a good one, it has to be of quality plastic and not easily destroyed. The one I'm using right now is an explanation from the US Treasury Department about the new monetary features they came out with about 5 years ago. It's the new $100 bill.

Nov 5, 2006, 7:33am Top

I purchased about 8 bookmarkers about a month ago and dang if I can find only about 3 of them now. Usually if I can't find a regular bookmark I will use an index card or anything actually thats handy.

Nov 5, 2006, 7:40am Top

I got this nice LibraryThing bookmark with my :Cuecat a week or so ago, but I stop in the middle of books so rarely that I haven't found a use for it yet....

Nov 5, 2006, 8:12am Top


Me too! I purchased a book of a dozen Tiffany bookmarks about 6 months ago and all but one have gone POOF!

Nov 5, 2006, 11:16am Top

The best thing I ever found was in a book I lent to a friend: when I got it back, it had her birth certificate inside!

I use the free bookstore bookmarks when I can, but if there isn't one on hand I'll use receipts or random scraps of paper.

Nov 5, 2006, 11:20am Top

While cataloging my library, I'm finding all sorts of bookmarks. Latest finds are a "tapestry rug" bookmark (cloth) and a Mary Engelbreit bookmark that quotes Marcel Proust - "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."

Nov 5, 2006, 12:29pm Top

People buy me lovely bookmarks on their travels, but I keep leaving them in my books and they're lost. I make my own from mathematical pattern books that I colour in (this is seriously geeky) when I'm 'watching' TV. My library gives away some great freebies too. The books I use for reference have tiny Post-It note tabs in them. I generally use bus tickets, till receipts, tissue paper and postcards for day to day use. I came across the postcard from 'Wish You Were Here' by Pink Floyd months ago in a half-read novel - and promptly lost it again!

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Nov 5, 2006, 12:41pm Top

I have collected book marks for years. I have them from all over the world. They are cheap and friends and family bring them home for me all the time. when i am reading my book mark often makes me think of the person who gave it to me and makes me smile. Just a small added pleasure to a very busy day! Great topic! I thought i was the only one out there who found any interest in their book markers.

Nov 5, 2006, 1:25pm Top

Ooh, I just found a cross-stiched bookmark I made myself back in 1997 of orcas.

Nov 5, 2006, 1:55pm Top

Recently I started using a decal/sticker from the package of materials that came with the replacement windshield for my motorcycle. It's the perfect size and I won't care if it gets lost or ends up chewed by cats.

Nov 6, 2006, 12:00pm Top

For those of you who lose all the cool stuff in your books: Thank You!

If it weren't for you, cool things wouldn't be found in books. Check out the 'Things Found in Books' group!

51DeusExLibris First Message
Nov 6, 2006, 9:59pm Top

I generally use sticky-notes, although I do use a bookmark if it was in the book when I bought it (Most of my books by Alice A. Bailey for example come with postcards with a prayer on them which I use.)

Nov 6, 2006, 11:54pm Top

I use all kinds of stuff. Most of my actual bookmarks are still in the books that I started but never finished.

Lately, I've been using plastic cards like used giftcards. I have been known to use paper scraps, magazine subscription cards, free library bookmarks, junk mail (since I don't really need to open it), receipts, basically anything flat.

Nov 7, 2006, 8:01am Top

>52 booksrgr8: booksrgr8 - I've used junk mail, too. Might as well make itself useful for SOMETHING. : )

Nov 7, 2006, 8:38am Top

I bought lots when I was frequently travelling round the world. They are easy to find in most countries (though I really struggled in a few) cheap and light. I've got loads now becasue i still pick them up wherever I go.

I'm not too fond of the coloured leather ones though. I'm a bit harsh on paper/plastic ones as they seem to get folded whilst my mind is lost in the book.
I really like the metal ones for the feel, but they don't stay in the books very well.

Nov 7, 2006, 8:41am Top

Am I alone here who uses their bookmark to guide them on the specific page? :/

I know it hinders me. I can feel myself slowing down as I use the bookmark to guide me, however, I'm kinda ADD, so I need the guide. XD

Nov 7, 2006, 3:07pm Top

people practising speed reading skills often use a bookmark to obscure the lines they have just read. this stops them skipping back.

Nov 8, 2006, 2:58pm Top

I use all kinds of stuff, like postcards, cardboard coupons/ads from stores and junkmail, cute business cards from stores, etc. I usually try to match the bookmark with the book in some way, like a picture of the Chinese New Year Monkey stamp from USPS for Monkey by Arthur Waley, or a postcard of the Mayan ruins for Fingerprints of the Gods, or a credit-card size REI ad for one of Sujata Massey's books in her Rei Shimura series. I leave them in the front of the book when I'm done so the next reader will see them.

My sister has a real knack for making nice bookmarks from cards sent by charity organizations. She cuts out pictures she likes and ties two together with yarn so the smaller one can hang out of the book like a tassel.

Nov 9, 2006, 9:54am Top

At one point I got a free order of business-like cards wtih my home address on them. I use those as bookmarks. If I leave a book lying around somewhere maybe it will find its way home!

I also stick them in books that I lend to people as a friendly reminder whose it is.

Reading this thread, though, reminded me of an old favorite bookmark ... Years ago I worked summers in a paper mill during college, and I read a lot on breaks. One of the guys who worked there full-time also did leather work ... belts and such. He actually made me a wonderful leather bookmark stamped with my initials and some flowers. I think I need to find it and start using it again!

Nov 10, 2006, 7:16am Top

In the last 10 days I've used:- a cork coaster, a pencil, a bread-knife and yesterday, an actual bookmark. Wonders will never cease.

Nov 10, 2006, 9:26am Top

a bread-knife

LOL! That's perfect! I'm glad I'm not the only person who does that. :D I've actually gotten so distracted with what I'm reading that I've forgotten to clean the knife before setting it in my book...

Bread-knives are also perfect for stopping windows from rattling in wind storms. They fit perfect between the top pane and bottom pane near the window lock, and if you stuff them down in there, they get a really tight seal. My mom always looks at my kitchen windows funny when she comes over because I have one stuck in every window. ;)

61Lcwilson45 First Message
Nov 10, 2006, 8:58pm Top

I try to pick up bookmarks from every used bookstore I visit - and I try to visit them around the country. They remind me to support our independent booksellers - and help me remember my trips.

I also make beaded bookmarks for myself and friends...

Nov 11, 2006, 7:31am Top

While I have several pretty bookmarks, I tend to use whatever is next to me when I am finished reading...bills, letters, notes, postcards, pencils.

Nov 11, 2006, 7:32am Top

Oh, and in my textbooks I use a ton of post-its to make notes on them and stick them right onto the passage they were meant for.

Nov 16, 2006, 1:30pm Top

I have a small collection "real" bookmarks for which I paid real money (such as ones with whimsical charms or great quotes). I hang them from small nails on my bookcase shelves but, for actually page marking, just about anything will do (dog biscuits are especially nice because it gets the dog into reading :)). I always start a new book with a paper bookmark (the children's library has great ones) but, after I get going, I lose the paper one and have to improvise with whatever is easy to grab. I use post-it flags for marking pages I want to return to. I've also been known to highlight passages in books that I own (I am good to library books).

Nov 17, 2006, 8:07am Top

I used to have a lot of pretty bookmarks that I had bought from my local bookstore in my home town, but they had a tendency to crack near the bottom because I would absent-mindedly play with them or chew on them as I read. I've since grown out of that habit (thank goodness!), but I have bought an actual bookmark since. The one I have now that I've actually hung on to for a while is a free one I got from the local library that has their hours and web page on it. I mostly read hardbacks, so I just use the flap to mark my page; the front flap for the first half of the book and the back flap for the last half. This way I don't lose the flap or bend or fold it in some way, but I also keep my place without having to go searching for a bookmark. Am I the only one who does this?

Nov 24, 2006, 9:17am Top

It has to be a real, bona fide bookmark for me. Nothing special, usually a freebie, but it must be a bookmark. Otherwise, I fret.

I know, I need someone to look after me.

Nov 25, 2006, 12:44am Top

When I was younger I used to dog-ear, but just the idea just about gives me brain hemorraging these days. I generally use pot-its, or paper bookmarks. I've got one cloth bookmark that I bought, but haven't used it in a year or two.

Nov 25, 2006, 4:04am Top

I've purchased bookmarks, but I always feel like they get in the way. Especially the ones with little doo-dads on the end. I like using receipts from the ATM because they're slim and oddly durable. I still use the "real" bookmarks, but now they mark the spaces on the shelves where I need to return books.

Nov 25, 2006, 2:49pm Top

I grew up with my mother's collection of bookmarks - those plastic ones with the tassle on the top. She collected them (especially ones with kittens and Disney characters), so I used them a lot when I was a kid.

My sister bought me some heavier-duty bookmarks when I was a teen - two made of metal and the other plastic - but they never stay in books because of their weight and shape, so I gave up using those.

Nowadays, I use simple paper bookmarks I've kept from bookstores and other random places. I have a ton of bookmarks from King's Books in Tacoma... so I usually use those. I also dog-ear, depending on how I feel about the book. If it's brand new or it has really nice, thick paper, I won't dog-ear. If it's used or it's just a typical trade paperback, I have no qualms there.

Nov 28, 2006, 5:53pm Top

now that i live in Jersey, and it is not just a walk to Strands (my favorite bookstore in NYC) ,i keep a Strands Bookmark to hold my place.

Nov 28, 2006, 7:48pm Top

berthirsch I am with you!! Strand is the BEST bookstore in NYC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 29, 2006, 5:48am Top

Thanks cabegley!

I'm sooo making these for stocking stuffers. Everyone I know reads so you just finished off my Christmas list!

Nov 29, 2006, 10:36am Top

Whilst I was shopping for my other half's birthday present on Monday, I saw a lovely Art Deco jewelled bookmark which I nearly bought. Hmm, don't know how practical it would actually be, but I'd like to sit and look at it :)

Nov 29, 2006, 1:23pm Top

My latest 'proper' bookmark is made out of papyrus (!) and has a mildly erotic scene from a villa in Sicily. Thanks again, mum, for another top bookmark!

Nov 29, 2006, 2:39pm Top

The Strand is the best bookstore period! I even love their website since I am now far from its home base. My favorite visit there occured when I was a teenager and I bought the entire series of Mazo de la Roche's Jalna books (16 books).

Nov 29, 2006, 5:21pm Top

I usually just fold a little corner of the last page I read. Is that sacrilegious? I do use various things to mark my spot also--band stickers, receipts, movie/bus ticket stubs, etc. -- but most of the time I jend up just folding the corner by habit.

Nov 30, 2006, 2:25pm Top

I use book bungies and nothing else. These things are great! They keep your place and protect the book as well. They keep the book from flopping open and potentially getting damaged if dropped or knocked of a surface. See the link below:


Dec 1, 2006, 4:45am Top

I've lost too many precious bookmarks (such as the ones given out for free by my local public library when I was a child; I only have one left and it is never going to leave my bedside table drawer again!!); so now I just use blue 3x5 index cards. If I lose them it doesn't matter, and they're convenient for jotting down stuff from the book that I want to remember. Like bookmasterjmv, when my eyes are feeling their age, I can use the card to keep my eyes on the line of type I'm trying to read (white cards blend in to the page too much). For large-format books, I cut blue cardstock into long fat strips. Yes, I have bought a ream of cardstock for this purpose...

Dec 3, 2006, 11:08pm Top

I only buy magnetic bookmarks now. They're wonderful!

Dec 6, 2006, 3:50am Top

I have just bought some beautiful magnetic bookmarks from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The museum was wonderful, too!

Dec 27, 2006, 8:38pm Top

I got 100 bookmarks for Christmas. He bought them from Pomegranate.com (did I spell that right?) and they were on sale, he said. Really lovely bookmarks. Different artists and mediums: Pre-Raphaelite, Impressionists, Beardsley, some photos, landscapes. I brought half of them to work . . . to give away . . . and I thought it funny that the male readers took the bookmarks with "nekkid" women (mostly nymphs and Alma-Tadema women in rose-petalled orgies) on them and the women took the photos of sculptured Adonaii and David.

Dec 27, 2006, 11:31pm Top

My aunt and uncle gave me a bookmark this Christmas, a curved silver handle that has a strand of green gems hanging off of it, and beneath those a shamrock. Very pretty.

Dec 29, 2006, 3:13pm Top

I am one of those who tends to use almost anything. A used band-aid wrapper, receipts, plane ticket stubs, toilet paper....but I do honestly try to use real bookmarks. One of my favs is handmade with calligraphy type chickens on it (even though I don't really like chickens!) and painted in a brown wash. It's been covered in that platic stuff (like ID cards). The only problem is that I chew on the corners when I am reading and they are starting to separate.

Dec 29, 2006, 4:49pm Top

I've got a few favorites, like a "bókamerki" I bought when I was in Iceland only used for really good books that I've waited for, a freebe white one with lots of penguins from Penguin that I try to use with Penguin books, and one that says "movies are best as books" for books that have been made inte movies. But often I just use whatever is handy, very often old train tickets which are great.

Dec 29, 2006, 5:24pm Top

I most often use either Post-it notes or the little Post-it flags. I often have these lying around the office or the house and the stickiness lasts at least through the length of one book. Plus, they are disposable, so you don't have to worry about losing them!

Dec 30, 2006, 10:39am Top

I collect bookmarks. I have hundreds from all over the world, and yet, I often end up using whatever I have lying around such as bus tickets, postcards or till slips.

Dec 31, 2006, 6:43pm Top

I really like this idea of collecting bookmarks from around the world. My daughter is soon heading off on a European tour and I think I might ask her to pick me up a bookmark or two along the way. Maybe it'll remind her to call home every once in awhile! :-)

Jan 1, 2007, 8:24am Top

I used to use 1/4 pieces of paper scraps. I'd keep one in every book so that if it were borrowed, the borrower wouldn't think of a more foul way to mark the page.

Recently, however, I began to make my bookmarks. I do calligraphy (and I mimic various other fonts) and write out favorite passages (short ones) from books I've read. For a long time I have kept a notebook of favorite passages and quotes, so I use that and select ones for the bookmarks. My goal is to make a unique one for each of my books... I have a long way to go!

Jan 2, 2007, 6:57pm Top

Lefty33 (#88) -- Your bookmarks sound wonderful. I wish I had at least a few molecules of creativity in me but, alas, I have none. Would you be interested in selling some?

Jan 3, 2007, 6:23am Top

I try and use a bookmark from the store I bought the book at.

Jan 5, 2007, 9:48pm Top

kageeh, i'd be happy to sell you some! :) if you are truly interested, drop me an email at lefty33@gmail.com with some quotes!

Jan 6, 2007, 3:36pm Top

I must be strange, I never generally need a bookmark, even when I am reading several books at once. I usually know exactly where I stopped reading, and if I don't it means I will have to go back to where I do remember and re-read, as I was obviously distracted and did not take it in.

It is only when I am reading from several different places in the same book that I need scraps.

Jan 6, 2007, 3:42pm Top

I've got a slew of bookmarks from Half-Price Books. I'll use a narrow one for paperbacks and trades, and a wider one for hardbacks. The real question is: Which color?

I also have a few more specialized bookmarks, some even from my alma mater. But I never seem to use those.

Jan 6, 2007, 7:13pm Top

Like #92 I don't use a bookmark but this seems to be uncommon for some reason. If you look at a book edgewise, you will typically see a bit more space between facing pages where it was opened last and so almost always it will open there. Then, if you didn't stop at chapter end, a bit of rereading gets you to the right paragraph. When reading I open a book only as much as necessary (about 90°) and that may be why this technique works so well.

Jan 7, 2007, 12:09am Top

I'm really good at losing bookmarks, so I use a lot of odds and ends to hold my place, such as business cards,scraps of paper or even tp. I've always thought dogging a page is sacrilegious.

Jan 8, 2007, 2:35am Top

"I use the paint sample from hardware stores. You can get all kinds of patterns and colors. They're free and so pretty. I'll either use one with a color that matches the mood of the book or just coordinates with the cover."

Not a bad idea!

I have a few bookmarks, because I usually get them with books, but if I can't find any I just use scraps of whatever I can find.

I also love those oriental carpet bookmarks, but don't have any.

Jan 8, 2007, 9:59am Top

JamieJM #96 -- I love the idea of matching paint samples to the mood of the book or its cover. I may have to copy that the next time I'm in a paint department.

I buy bookmarks that grab my arm as I walk by but I seem to lose them frequently somewhere in my house. I have bought a few I hang from tiny nails from a bookshelf but those are just to look at and savor. I have found some really interesting bookmarks are not very good in actual use.

Jan 8, 2007, 1:02pm Top

Just so you know, I was quoting #2.

#65-I do the same thing when I have a hardback.

Jan 8, 2007, 1:57pm Top

Sweet, JamieJM. You gave me creds!

Jan 8, 2007, 8:20pm Top

I'm not going to take credit for something I didn't do. :)

Jan 29, 2007, 11:33am Top

Bookmarks fascinate me -- I collect them and also enjoy making them. Unfortunately I am “craft challenged” so the ones that I make are very simple. I use good quality printing paper, type an appropriate quote, and insert a picture -- either from the web or my own files and print it. I made several to match-up with books I gave as Christmas gifts. I also clip images from catalogs to use as bookmarks.

Jan 29, 2007, 1:30pm Top

I use whatever is around ... I used to be a dogear-er but seldom do that anymore. I'm still a backbreaker, though. I try really hard to remember the page number I left off on, and this works remarkably well -- it is more remarkable the older I get.

But Bookmarks -- well, good ones are far too nice to use in books, because using them, for me, is a sure way to lose them!

I'm mostly writing to tell the group what my Book Club does with bookmarks. Whenever any of us travels, we bring back bookmarks from wherever we've gone as gifts for the group. So far we have them (several) from Italy, Hawaii, Maine (we live in Washington), Mexico, Bulgaria, the UN at New York City, and .. I don't remember the rest.

This is really fun, and since we are all good friends, it does our hearts good to bring back a little gift from our travels. And when you have a collection of them from several places around the world, well .. you've really got something!

Now I have to tell you my New York City bookmark story.

I first saw bookmarks at the MOMA: for $4.99 apiece. A little pricey when you need to buy seven. I decided to wait.

At the Transit museum in Grand Central Station .. uh oh, $7.99.

At the Juilliard bookstore: Now we're up to $10.99. Apiece. For a bookmark.

Still waiting.

The Metropolitan Opera House! $12.99!!!!!!!!!! For ONE!!!!

Thank goodness for the U.N. There I found bookmarks made of little origami geishas. Perfect! And for a respectable $1.25. Each.

New York City can be done on the cheap ... but you have to be patient!

Jan 29, 2007, 2:40pm Top

I recently switched to sticky notes, those little ones with arrows on the end. They stick to the book, so I don't have to worry about losing it!

Jan 29, 2007, 9:08pm Top

>102 ariel4thou:
What a great story! Bet your heart was in your throat though, wondering if you'd have to settle for whatever you could pick up at the airport on your way home on the plane! Or worse, at the Port Authority bus station!

And the ones you got were really New Yorky-- you know, "capital of the world" New York, stand still at Times Square and eventually the whole world will pass by. Good on ya.

Jul 20, 2007, 5:17pm Top

It seemed time to wake this thread up again, plus I wanted to talk a bit about the re-organizing of my bookmark collection that I began yesterday.

I have somewhere around 900 bookmarks (and am still collecting them). About a year and a half ago I found a 3-ring binder and archival plastic pages that I filled with black cardstock. On the cardstock I placed the bookmarks held in place with clear archival plastic photo holders (those tiny triangles that hold photos in place in scrapbooks). But I quickly ran out of room. It wasn't until about two weeks ago that I began researching the company I'd bought the binder and plastic inserts from and found them again. I also found the cardstock online at a much reduced rate.

So . . . yesterday I began the enormous re-sort of all the bookmarks, taking out the ones that had previously been done and adding all the new ones to it. I'm still in that first stage part, and it is exhausting.

I am sorting them into general categories: books, authors, bookstores, food (sub-divided into various categories like chocolate and flour), world fairs and expositions, flowers, political, pianos, libraries, book festivals, handmade, automobiles, WWI and WWII, sewing, etc. When that's all done, I plan to begin to attach them to pages in attractive patterns and place them in the binders. The black binders are attractive and perfectly suited to sit alongside my books on the shelves. I will probably need to re-sort some as I do it, but most of the categorizing should be done.

Here is what I have. If you go to Bags Unlimited and put in item numbers A1PH and X507-3110, you'll find their binders and pages. For the cardstock, I used Paperworks and this item number: W5ECL32. I have no financial or other interest in these companies; I simply like them and found their products and service excellent.

Anyway, this long post leads me to wonder how others do it. How many bookmarks do you have? Where do you get them? What do you like about collecting them? Do you have any favorites? How do you store them? Where do you keep them? What else do you want to share about them?

Jul 20, 2007, 5:30pm Top

I have lots of bookmarks, though I don't really collect them. For a while I got them as gifts, and sometimes I buy them myself as souvenirs. Bookstores don't give them out like they used to... I wish some of the local stores I have bookmarks from were still around. Cool stuff there. But I digress.

I used to keep one in each of my unread books... easy way to tell at a glance which I hadn't read yet, at least when I used the tasselled ones. I don't do that anymore, so now my bookmarks are scattered everywhere. I do still use them to mark my place while I'm reading, though, and I usually go through three or four bookmarks per book because I carry the book from room to room but don't take the bookmark with me. It evens out in the end... I have little stashes of bookmarks everywhere :)

Jul 20, 2007, 6:10pm Top

I don't have any real bookmarks. When I need one, I tear a ribbon from the first empty page of whatever notebook I find lying around.

Jul 20, 2007, 7:46pm Top

OK, now I have to make a bunch of book thongs, lol. HAVE to. I have never seen them before and they will be absolutely perfect!

Jul 21, 2007, 2:58am Top

I try to use "real bookmarks" but invariably they become socks and disappear. So, I have been relegated to using whatever paper is around ... business cards (my own cause I'm a narcissist *grin*), receipts, post-it notes, toilet paper, whatever I can get my hands on ... and when nothing is available ... I just use the flap of the jacket on hardcover books.

Edited: Jul 21, 2007, 9:02am Top

Seems like a true narcissist would also use pictures of themselves!
Recently I have started using notecards (because I am in grad school and I have a million of them). They are great because they aren't too thick, they tend to stay in place and if my attention strays, I can trace my place with them. They are also handy if my nose itches.
Reading in the bathroom provides handy bookmarks, my mom once found the paper cover to a panty liner in a library book!
I have a couple of those really pretty woven bookmarks, but I am afraid to use them because I am afraid they will get lost. I have two from Japan and one from Turkey that were gifts from traveling friends.

Edited: Jul 21, 2007, 8:19am Top

I sometimes use those little cards found at department stores that you spray tester fragrances onto. Makes the book smell very pretty :)

Jul 21, 2007, 8:59am Top

I have lots of bookmarks, usually either given by the bookstores or bought by myself as souvenirs (cheap!) of different trips overseas. When the book is read, they go into a growing pile. There are so many that perhaps I should make a collection out of them...

Jul 21, 2007, 9:18am Top

For those who don't know, there is a bookmark group on LT.

My recent story...I tried to buy a bookmark at Graceland at several of the shops. No luck and I had to leave before I could try all the possibilities. Darn.

Jul 21, 2007, 9:10pm Top

I use the slips from the library checkout. I just fold them in half.

It's rather funny though... I collect bookmarks and have over 400 in my collection, but I use library slips when I am reading. LOL.

Jul 21, 2007, 9:45pm Top

I have lots of "pretty" bookmarks, but I never have them around when I need them so I end up using whatever is handy- coupons, junk mail, scraps of torn paper etc..

Jul 21, 2007, 10:32pm Top

I usually wind up with an old envelope inside a book. It serves for notetaking as well as place-marking. In addition I might also use a book bungee--mentioned earlier--from Levenger. It's a fat elastic band attached to a plastic strip. The strip keeps place and the band holds the book closed. I love them! I also save old lengths of ribbon and use them to mark the place. I then tie the ribbon around the book like a package. It keeps everything nice and neat if I am carrying the book from place to place. It's also so nice to "open the gift" for each read.

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Jul 22, 2007, 3:20am Top

While adding to my catalog I have found $17, so far. The book I'm reading on my lunch hour must be a handy place to put my change....

Jul 22, 2007, 9:41am Top

I also collect bookmarks when I travel. It is such an easy souvenier. However, I usually forget to grab one. I pretty much always stop reading at a chapter so it is easy to remember or memorize a page number. It amazes my husband how I remember where I am in all my books but it has taken me months to learn our new phone number!

And as for the Strand bookstore, I love it too! Especially now that my last name is Strand I bought a tote bag, water bottle, mugs and t-shirt! Now that I no longer live in NY I have to explain why our name and "8 miles of books" is on a lot of stuff in our apt.

Jul 22, 2007, 10:15am Top

I have lots of bookmarks also, but tend to use magazine subscription cards, because they really drive me crazy in the magazines. This topic makes me want to gather all my bookmarks and have them handy when I start a book, but I doubt I'll do that.

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Oct 25, 2007, 11:14am Top

I've got quite a few official bookmarks from loving family members, but I invariably use post-it notes. They don't damage the book and they don't fall out. I usually put them so that about 1/4 inch sticks out at the side of the book, although just slapping one on the page I'm at works just as well.

Oct 25, 2007, 11:24am Top

I use whatever's closest: a receipt, a scrap of paper, an old shopping list, a gum wrapper...one time I even used a tea bag (still in the package). Once I pick a bookmark for something, I almost never replace it with something else. As long as my place is held, I don't care what's doing the holding!

Oct 25, 2007, 1:30pm Top

I have tried to collect bookmarks as travel souvenirs but they can be hard to find, well, at prices I'm willing to pay. I was just putting some things away and found an Irish bookmark I bought several years ago! Nice memories.

Oct 25, 2007, 2:54pm Top

What a nice thread! I have two that I really cherish: one hand-woven by my mother, and another from my deceased grandfather, which is a beautiful narrow piece of brass with his initials in it.

I nearly lost the former (checked out of a hotel room and forgot my book with the bookmark in it) so now, I'm so afraid I'll do something like that again (the hotel was great - mailed me everything in 2 days) they both reside in my jewelry box. I WANT to use them, but they are almost too important to be casually left around the house, let alone when I'm traveling. :)

Oct 25, 2007, 5:33pm Top

I made a ceramic piece for my library shelf to hold my bookmarks. Its painted in sponge with "Mark Your Page". Then all the bookmarkers I have either picked up or have made go inside of it. I get all sorts some animal figures on pressed boards, some made into a page paperclip. The ones I have made are sting or cord with dazzling beads or charms at the end of it. Then at times when I crab a read and don't think of bookmark, I find I use whatever is handy to mark my spot till I can get a bookmark. Have definitely used paint color samples, seeing that I'm always redecorating.

Oct 25, 2007, 7:00pm Top

Message #7
I make my own book thongs. They are not that hard to make. I used waxed linen string, charms and beads. I like to make them and put them in books I give as gifts......I try to find the proper charm for the person I am giving it to.

I have a ton of book marks of all types. I often buy them on vacation. I alternate depending on my mood.
I do find that the book thongs work the best, they do not slide out of the book nor do they pull out very easily.

Oct 25, 2007, 11:26pm Top

In the past I used about anything as a bookmark. If I have nothing worth using I will try to remember the page number. That works fairly well.

Lately I started getting bookmarks from my public library where they are free. Now I have a stack right beside me convenient to hand.

Oct 26, 2007, 7:38am Top

Back towards the beginning of my reading days I never used bookmarks at all. I would just memorize the page number of wherever I stopped reading.

But a few years ago, my mother bought me a tin of book darts (http://www.bookdarts.com) and I haven't used anything for a bookmark since! I find it hard to believe that no one else swears by these little things. They're great for marking exactly where you stopped, which I appreciate since I do a lot of interrupted reading when waiting for appointments and what not.

Plus, they come in a tin of 50 for a few dollars. I even had a tin that was specific to my favorite independent bookstore in Denver. Though actually, I'm on my second tin and only have a few left since I do quite often leave them in books and I'll use them to mark significant passages for my own use, but particularly when I'm using a book for a paper.

Oct 26, 2007, 8:50am Top

Business Cards are my fave !!!
and I have a habit of rolling them through my fingers as I read..... so by the end of the book they wont uncurl and are really soft..I never realized I did the rolling until my kids pointed it out...ohh and I save the packets from my van. chai tea to use as book marks..cuz they smell soooooo good they make excellent book marks

Oct 26, 2007, 11:30am Top

I'm an attorney and have moved my office about four times in twenty years. Each time just before I moved I had just bought business cards. I have a lot of them and they make great bookmarks. I keep a box on top of one of my bookcases and when I start a book I grab one. I also recycle them when I'm done with a book. I don't think I'll ever run out and if I do it will mean I've lived a long time. I'm getting ready to move again.

Oct 26, 2007, 11:45am Top

I have some very nice real bookmarks, but I tend to forget about those and use anything from train tickets to old baseball cards to postcards to bits of hair ribbon to random shopping lists salvaged from the bottom of my handbag.

Oct 27, 2007, 11:03am Top

I got these really NEAT plastic place-holders that worked like a big flat paperclip and held a window over the line I left off reading. Unfortunately, they wore out quickly and fell out easily. So much for neat stuff :^I

Oct 28, 2007, 11:40am Top

post-it notes, baseball cards, subscription forms from magazines, cards and ads from ComicCon, pens, and school photos from the kids (every year we get 85 wallet-size! why? I guess so I can use them as bookmarks)...

Edited: Dec 2, 2007, 1:53pm Top

Thank you, twomoredays, for that link to the book darts. I liked it a lot.

I wanted to post an announcement, but don't want to annoy anyone. I don't think the opportunity to win a bookmark from Mirage Bookmarks will, though. Here are the details:

Beginning today and running through Wednesday, January 2, BiblioBuffet.com will be giving away 20 gorgeous bookmarks donated by Mirage Bookmarks of Switzerland. These bookmarks are paper thin but sturdy, of brushed stainless steel with finely cut out and engraved details. Each bookmark is mounted on a black card and encased in a transparent cellophane envelope.

You have the opportunity to win one of the Rough Sea design bookmarks by sending in either a written essay/story or a photo “essay” on the subject of bookmarks. The written essay should be between 300-500 words; a photo essay must contain a minimum of four photographs (and a maximum of eight) that sequentially “tell” a story in an interesting way. The specific subject and how you approach it is entirely up to you—how bookmarks are used, favorite or hated bookmarks, making bookmarks, building a collection of bookmarks, funny stories, finding bookmarks on your travels or in old books. It can be anything as long as it revolves in some way around bookmarks.

Photographs should be e-mailed as JPG file attachments. Written submissions must be pasted into the body of the e-mail. Both types of entries should carry the subject line “Bookmark Contest.” Send them to: submissions AT bibliobuffet DOT com

We welcome entries from all over the world. Winners will be announced in the “On Marking Books” column the week beginning Sunday, January 6.

(1) Only original material is accepted; entries must not have been published previously.
(2) One entry per person is permitted. Entrants must include their mailing address (which will not be shared with anyone), and be at least 12 years of age.
(3) BiblioBuffet and Mirage Bookmark reserve the right to publish any or all of the entries on a non-exclusive basis with no additional compensation.

Dec 6, 2007, 5:37am Top

I collected bookmarks as a kid (I was geeky even then) but the 200 or so I've got now mostly stay in my drawer. Everyday I use an origami bookmark I love to fold. Its a right angled triangle with a pocket that fits over the top corner of the required page. I've got some nice ones I've folded from japanese washi paper, but will fold anything into the required shape if I'm stuck, I find pizza takeaway delivery leaflets very suitable for the purpose.

Dec 13, 2007, 11:00pm Top

I thought for sure more people would say they just turn down the ends of the pages. I had a friend who would get so mad if she ever saw me turn down the page to mark my place. Maybe I should start using a proper bookmark.

Dec 14, 2007, 12:31am Top

book abuse!!! I only fold pages on text books or books I probably won't finish and won't keep because they're so bad...

Dec 14, 2007, 12:38am Top

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Dec 14, 2007, 1:36pm Top

:( you're not reading it, you're selling it... not only that, but you should warn people about heart attack inducing gunfire...

Edited: Dec 15, 2007, 1:48am Top

TeacherDad, You are right. I got curious and clicked on the link. Bang, bang, etc. in my really quiet house followed by really loud music. I backed up to here as quick as I could. And I see LAWriter is just trying to sell books.

Mar 27, 2008, 3:29pm Top

I like to think of my bookmark collection as an extension of my books. People might think it strange, but I like to pick a bookmark that is in theme with the book. Plus, I can NEVER leave a bookstore empty handed and feel quite virtuous if all I purchase is a bookmark or two.

Mar 27, 2008, 3:40pm Top

I do have two favourites - one is metal with a silver celtic design and the other is a Harry Potter with the Hogwarts Crest on a cord.

But when I can't find them or they're marking the pages of a book in progress then I use flyers that are posted through the door, you know the kind advertising restaurants or steam cleaning carpets etc - at least they get some use!

Apr 4, 2008, 7:03am Top

used phone cards are a favorite of mine --- most are from plastic and so can stand abuse (i hate thin scraps of paper which cannot be so easily located --- especially annoying when i have left a book unread for some time and do not remember where i stopped the last time), practical and earth-friendly (if only for the idea --- what's several dozens anyway? still it makes me feel i'm doing my bit)

museum entry tickets --- i adore using them, most of the time they're small postcards of artworks in themselves

postcards --- when traveling and i haven't been to the museums yet

clothes tags --- they're really good material for bookmark --- either in plastic or thick cardboard, and more, they likely come with a string which makes them perfect for marking pages

real (?) bought ones but much less --- i have a few fancy ones with magnet, silk, velvet.

Apr 4, 2008, 8:46am Top

I have two that I knotted myself, one that my sister gave me that says "Imagination is just intelligence having fun" and one that's actually a business card from the store where I got the bridesmaid's dress for my sister's wedding in Sydney and I love all of them! They make me smile :)

Apr 4, 2008, 3:24pm Top

I usually use bookmarks. We have a tradition in my book club of many years, that when we travel we bring bookmarks back from our travel destination for everyone in the group. As we have become empty nesters over the last few years there is a lot of travelling going on.

I now keep an album of bookmarks. I have some belonging to my grandmother, my mother, handmade bookmarks from my children, momentos of my own travels. I have been given many as gifts since I sort of publicized my collection to close friends and extended family. It amazes me that so many unique and truly creative bookmarks exist.

Edited: Apr 4, 2008, 10:52pm Top

I use bookmarks . I recently bought a book that has all of Jane Austen's novels and I tried to find a bookmark that had her name or a quote from her . But came up empty , so I settled for a pretty fabric one with a flower motif that evoked Regency England .

Apr 5, 2008, 2:31pm Top

My favourite bookmark is a papyrus with hieroglyphs and the depiction of Horus and Isis, I bought it on a cat fair in 1997...

Apr 6, 2008, 7:31am Top

I used to just dog-ear the corners (TREASON I hear you cry)

Then I started using bookmarks (A sigh of relief) - usually ones from Waterstones or school book fairs

A while after that I started remembering the page numbers (although when I put a book down at midnight I found difficulty in remembering where I was up to which led me to....

My current habit of leaving them open (TREASON I hear again) usually on the floor of my bedroom (GRAB THE PITCHFORKS I hear you yell)

Well I guess i'd better be off before I get lynched ;) :P

Apr 6, 2008, 12:47pm Top

I dog ear the corners but I tend to read a hundred pages in a sitting so there's not too much folding going on.

Apr 6, 2008, 2:39pm Top

swalker and aces,
Consider yourselves forked!

Apr 6, 2008, 3:05pm Top

I've used 3 x 5 cards for many years now. They're very handy for scribbling notes as I read.

Apr 6, 2008, 6:11pm Top

I use anything I can get. Bookmarks, library notices, receipts, toilet tissue, scraps from newspapers, anything......

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