Friday, January 9, 2009

Bookmarks Galore!

I have a special friend who trades books back and forth with me. She's an elderly woman of remarkable character except for one thing... She marks her place in a book with used envelopes. Although that's certainly better than bending the page corners over, I always tell her it makes me wince. She just laughs; she knows I'm a bookmark snob. I collect them, all kinds. Some are whimsical, some gloriously beautiful, some cultural, some creative, and some--like the ones from my children--heartbreakingly special. I keep them all in a little drawer in my desk, which is where I was poking around just a bit ago.

Today I started yet another book, bringing my current reading stack to five. With another book on the way (see Surprise Twist post), I had to dip into my bookmark reserve. Looking through them was a trip down memory lane. The one in this picture was given to me by my wonderful Aunt Cecelia, who loves to read as much as I do. I'm using this one to mark my place in "Sophie's Choice," a book I'm re-reading after 20 years. It's one of those special, haunting stories that stays with the reader long after the last page is turned. This wonderful bookmark will mark my place in a story that 20 years ago marked my heart.

18 comments:

Joanne said...

Oh I love bookmarks too, what a fun collection. I received a book charm bookmark for Christmas. I don't know if you're familiar with them, but it's a long hook to place in your book, with interchangeable charms that dangle over the spine. I like gardening, so mine came with an assortment of interchangeable gardening charms! Kind of like jewelry for a book.

willow said...

I love to find a lovely forgotten piece of ephemora in a vintage book. I always feel like it's a treasure, a keepsake of someone long gone.

Peggy said...

Joanne, I've seen those bookmarks, and what a wonderful way to describe them... "like jewelry for a book." You should post a pic of your charms. I'd love to peek!

Willow, I agree! There's magic in finding left behind bookmarks of any kind. I recently found a bookmark my dearly missed grandmother, who died about nine years ago, left in a book she once borrowed from me. What a find! I'll treasure it always.

Dave King said...

My first visit to your blog has been very enjoyable. I appreciated the variety among its other attractions.
I have signed up as a follower.

sizzie said...

I sold someone a game on ebay years ago. She mentioned when she paid me that she collected bookmarks from local libraries. I stopped by and picked up several for her and included it with the game. Since I like libraries and books, that would be a good collection for me, too. But, while I don't collect them, I have one or two that are special to me only. I almost feel as if they are good luck charms for me.

A few I have were gifts and come with sayings. Grow Where You Are Planted, for one.

I think, because of your post, I will begin looking for a few new bookmarks and see where they were lead me.

Barry said...

I buy nmost of my books and just use the receipt for a bookmark.

My thinking is that if I'm ever tempted into a bookstore with an unfinished book under my arm, I can always proved it was paid for.

However after 30 years of doing this, no one has ever stopped me.

Sydney said...

Just tell me how how how you find time to read. WHen do you do it? Mornings when you first wake up? You get into bed early to have some time to read before dropping off at the third line (me)? You blog less, leave the dishes, don't return calls? You aren't hooked on reality TV (probably my downfall)? The only reading I get done is in easy gossip magazines, which I have also cut way down on to create room to read better things, and my school work, which I only have time to skim! Don't read the paper. I'm in bad shape, lol

I ask these same things of Sizzie, as I try to figure out what I am doing wrong that I NEVER read anymore. Help!

PS: love this bookmark in the pic, and I have many too. They just are never in use.

sizzie said...

Hi Peggy, I linked this entry of your blog to one I just wrote. I hope you don't mind. : )

Sydney, I 'read' a lot in the car while listening to unabridged CDs of books. It doesn't work for all books and a driver has to not be one who forgets to drive while they listen. But, it helps me in traffic, so is doubly good.

Bdogs said...

Oh, they're pretty--one person I know uses a folded dollar bill!

Time to read: well first there has to be something one wants to read; then, instead of television is the best time. Before we got TV in the country we read stacks of books; once the TV came, less. Much less. But the peacefulness one feels while reading near a silent and dark TV is something we now actively search for. Reading before bed can either be a soporific, or be too stimulating and you're awake until 3 AM. This is never good...

Peggy said...

Sizzie, what a wonderful thing to include with the sold game...bookmarks! How very thoughtful that was!

Peggy said...

Dave, welcome!

Barry, my mind is much relieved that you will never be accused of stealing books! LOL Isn't it funny the things we do in the name of preparation and prevention?! You sound like a very practical man!

Bdogs, a folded dollar bill? Now that might be fun to unexpectedly find money in old books! I'll have to give that some thought! And I totally agree about the silent televsion. One must have priorities, right?

Peggy said...

Sydney, bless your heart! You're in school? That explains why you have limited time. I developed my reading habits before the age of cable television, Internet, blogging, texting, etc. There are only a certain number of hours in a day for any of us, so for reading to remain a priority, I must make choices. I don't watch television, I don't like endless phone conversations, and I jealously guard my reading time. I've gotten very efficient about how I use my time this last year or so. Reading rights things with me. With a good book in hand, all is well with my world. Even a little bit of reading the right things goes a long way for me!

Elizabeth said...

Peggy!
Have I got a treat for you and your bookmark-less friend.
Go to Persephone Books (you can google them) -they do the most wonderful classic books by 20th century mostly women writers......
AND EACH ONE COMES WITH ITS OWN BOOK MARK
dne in the end papers of the book -all very artistic and lovely.
Happy reading.
word verification: Elsish
a name?
elfish?

Peggy said...

Elizabeth, thank you so much for the reference. I'm off to Google them! I'm a more informed and connected reader thanks to my blogger friends. :)

oh, and my word verification is "boodywor." I'm not going to touch that one! LOL

julie king said...

my first visit to your blog -- from willow's!! i, too have a love affair with bookmarks. until april of 2008 i worked for antioch publishing, the world's largest manufacturer of bookmarks. i was on the creative team that helped to develop harry potter, lord of the rings and disney bookmarks, among others. oh, how i miss it!!!

enjoy your reading and so nice to have "met" a kindred spirit!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I have beautiful bookmarks, but like your friend, usually end up using something like an envelope, or dinner receipt, or bit of scribbled on notepaper. These I often leave inside the book when I'm done, which leads to wonderful jaunts down memory lane whenever I re-read something, like you are happily doing now!!

Peggy said...

Julie, Antioch sounds like a dream job. I'm green with envy! I'll bet you have a fine collection of bookmarks yourself.

Peggy said...

Pamela, I'm assuming you wrote that comment, not Edward. I can picture him reclining at your feet, but not holding a book! :-) I agree with you. How very fun it is to find left-behinds in books! Thanks so much for visiting.