Examine the art of reading closely; a new way to read your favorite books. – The Waltonian
When we think of writing in books, we probably think of analytical and close readings of deep and difficult texts for academic purposes. While this is certainly one of the many cases in which one can write in their books, it sure is not the only one, and it is absolutely not most people’s favorite. There are a multitude of advantages to writing in the margins of texts and to underlining and circling parts of texts, apart from further analysis / understanding. However, since reading and writing are two different experiences for everyone, the benefits will vary for each person. Maybe this could be a way to help someone pay attention to the text, stay focused, and keep their mind active instead of having to reread the same sentence five times without getting the meaning. Maybe it could be a way to jot down things to remember. This could be useful if one is planning to have an over text conversation with others; if they have a hard time understanding a large section and a quick summary in the margins is easier than proofreading, or even if they just like to browse through the books they’ve already read and get reminders of what’s going on .
My favorite personal benefit of writing in my books while reading is for fun. I will underline and circle any quotes that speak to me, things that are funny, or anything that strikes me. I like to put little notes in the margins of my books, or just comments and jokes that I think of as I read. Then when I go back to books that I have read in the past, I can look back and see where I was at that point and what I got from each text specifically.
For me, writing in my books has become an art for two reasons. First, it is a complex yet simple action that varies depending on how it actually looks to each person and the benefits it presents to each person. Second, for me and for those I have spoken to who write in their books when they read, it has become a necessity. Just as a musical artist or visual artist feels a desire or even an internal demand to create their art, there is an instinctive desire to continually write in lyrics once you have started doing so. So whether you like to read or not, can make links and comments in the text or just want to laugh or throw a random smiley face in the text, it will always be beneficial to write in your books as you read. . It’s an art: there is no waiting, there are no notes, there are no rules, just allow yourself to look at books and read texts a little differently with a pen or pencil in hand.