So I was on Facebook the other day and fell in love with these corner bookmarks one of my friends had posted. Already that day I’d had a discussion with Chachic via Twitter on why I hadn’t received any of Book Depository‘s bookmarks with my orders. Since then I’ve had bookmarks on my mind. I realize it’s not the most profound discussion topic but it’s definitely interesting. It got me thinking about what kind of bookmark person I am and challenged me to branch out.
As you can guess I am of the makeshift bookmark variety. The more convenient, disposable, thin, and lightweight the bookmark, the better. Basically, I use unwanted crap. Receipts are my favorite. Random pieces of paper are great too, but they must be smaller than the width and height of a mass market paperback since I prefer my makeshift bookmarks to be concealed. You wouldn’t want an old wrinkly receipt sticking out of the top of your treasured book now, would you? Here’s a sampling of my current bookmarks:
The other key for me is the makeshift bookmark’s discard-ability. My current read goes with me everywhere so I don’t want to worry about losing something I actually need or that is valuable. This is the main reason why I am not a bookmark girl. The last time I tried using an actual bookmark I lost my bookmark from theWayne Thiebaud exhibition I helped curate when I returned the book it was marking to the library. The only image I could find of said bookmark:
After seeing the monster bookmarks above and doing a bit of research into the other types of DIY bookmarks out there, I’ve been inspired to change my ways. If anything I can see myself becoming a bookmark collector/hoarder. My collection wouldn’t be used – just stored and admired. I’m sure there are a bunch of you out there that fall into this category, whose collections may include the valuable type with an author’s signature. I haven’t had a bookmark mean much to me since 5th grade when I bought a much sought-after Holly Hobbie bookmark (complete with pink tassel!) at the elementary school book fair.
Theoretically speaking, if I did become a bookmark person, this time I would be staying away from all tassels, beads, ribbon, and other dangly attachments. The minimalist, adult me doesn’t want things sticking out and/or falling across the book. These would either be marring a pretty cover or failing to make an awful cover look better. I also don’t like bookmarks that are thick enough to leave a dent in the paper or damage the binding because the book can’t close properly. I would never sacrifice the book’s condition for the style of the bookmark. Did you think someone who doesn’t even dogear, mark, or modify her books in anyway (besides author signatures of course) is going to let a fancy bookmark do the job? I don’t think so. Oh, the horrors of bookmarking.
Here are some of my favorite DIY bookmarks I found around the web with the help of Tipnut:
And a slew of printables:
I also came across an interesting interview with vintage and antique bookmark collector Lauren Roberts. There are several photo examples of the bookmarks in her collection so if you are the least bit interested go check it out. My favorite:
In So Many Words has a recent post up called Bookmarks Are My Passion. Not only does she collect bookmarks, but she says that certain books on her shelf require certain bookmarks. For example, her Amelia Peabody books get an Egyptian themed bookmark, her non-fiction books a “serious” bookmark, and so on. She would NEVER use a mystery bookmark for literature. (The horror.) I adore this idea and have started following her blog because of this post alone. If this won’t get me to become a bookmark person I don’t know what will. I would have too much fun finding the right bookmark to complement each type of book I read and for every style of cover I own. Now if I could only change that tendency of mine of called Losing Important Things. If any of you have ideas for solving that problem, let me know. I think DH would be even more grateful than I.
Lastly, I have to say I’m definitely a fan of blog bookmarks cum business cards. Here’s a photo of the few I’ve received of late:
One of my short-term blog goals is to print business cards. Now I think I’ll change that to bookmarks.
And before this becomes the longest post on bookmarks ever written, I’ll leave you with my favorite Etsy shop for bookmarks. These small, magnetic clip-style bookmarks are perfect accessories for book giving.
What kind of bookmark person are you? Do you use actual bookmarks and/or do you have a collection that is only for looking at?