Friday, May 15, 2009

Weekly Geeks 2009-17: Mark It Down

Weekly GeeksFor this week's edition of Weekly Geeks, I'd like to focus on one of the most useful tools for a bibliophile: Bookmarks.

Do you use bookmarks or just grab whatever is handy to mark your page? Do you collect lots of different bookmarks or do you have a favorite one that you use exclusively? If you're not someone who uses bookmarks on a regular basis, have you ever used anything odd to mark your place?

In the past, I've mentioned that I collect bookmarks so when I was trying to come up for a topic for this week's edition of Weekly Geeks, this was a natural choice. I have a large bookmark collection (over 120 at last count).

I use bookmarks most of the time, however, I will grab whatever is close at hand if I'm in a hurry. Long time readers of this blog may remember that I mentioned losing my debit card last summer. In December, I discovered that I had used it as an impromptu bookmark.

Here are a few pictures of my bookmark collection:

These are a few of the promotional bookmarks I've picked up at local bookstores or have had sent to me with review copies.

I'm a Star Wars geek, and my bookmark collection reflects that pretty clearly...

I also have a lot of Harry Potter bookmarks. My favorite is not pictured (a Gryffindor house bookmark like the Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff ones at the bottom of this photo) since it's currently in use.

Some miscellaneous bookmarks. I love the quote on the pink one; it features a Chinese proverb that says, "A book is like a garden carried in the pocket."

I like to try to coordinate bookmarks with the books that I'm reading. My Nefertiti bookmark gets a lot of use whenever I read books about Egypt (and looks very much at home with my copy of Nefertiti by Michelle Moran).

Do you collect bookmarks? Use whatever is handy to mark your place? Or, (gasp!) dog-ear pages?


  1. Wow. I love your bookmark collection! I collect bookmarks and I try to match the bookmark to the book I'm currently reading too. Hehe. :D

  2. I love to look at bookmarks - but somehow I haven't translated that into actually using them.

    For now my bookmark is usually an index card so that I can write notes as I read. Not beautiful, but functional.

  3. Wow...looks like you could use a new bookmark! lol
    I also love my bookmarks, but I only have a few. The one I seem to use the most is from my daughter that she made in 2nd grade. Her school picture is on it and she wrote "I love you Mom". How sweet is that. I should probably have it laminated again because it is getting kind of worn around the edges.

  4. Wow! I look at your book mark collection, and I'm oddly reminded of my own! You have some nice book marks there :)

  5. I love bookmarks, although I don't collect them--they're kind of expensive for me to buy on a regular basis. I do love it when people give me bookmarks, though. :)

  6. Of course I use bookmarks. I have some of the same ones you do.

  7. I love your bookmarks, Ruth!
    I use bookmarks but I tend to keep the prettier ones as I hate to dirty or wrinkle them! ;)

  8. you better lock up your star wars bookmarks. i want those!!!

  9. I love your bookmarks! I am embarassed to admit that I often dog ear pages when they are my own books, but when I borrow others books I grab whatever is handy.

  10. Oohh..I love bookmarks!! I don't like some of the clunky ones out there..but give me a flat bookmark with something fun on it..and it has to have a tassle!!...I love going out and looking for bookmarks!! Love your collection!

  11. I grab whatever is handy, often bis cards. I would never dog-ear a page! That's practically sacrilege.