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Let’s talk bookmarks.
I love bookmarks. These little pieces of paper/cardboard/wood that mark your place in a book without ruining the pages. Since I heavily prefer physical books over ebooks, I have an extra appreciation of bookmarks. Without them, I would be lost. Of course, speaking of being lost, I have lost so many bookmarks over the year it’s not even funny. Some I have found and others seem to be forever gone. There have been times when I have had to resort to using recipes, coupons and other things in place of a bookmark because they all disappeared on me.
Every time I go into a book store, I want to buy a bookmark. It doesn’t matter if I already own 5 or 500, I just want another one. But more so, I want to buy one that matches one of the books I’m buying. See, I love to have a bookmark match the book I am reading. It doesn’t always work out that way of course, but I try my best.
For me, buying a book and buying a bookmark is very similar. I like to take my time, looking over the selection that the store has. I will pick one up, inspect it front and back and then put it back. This process will be repeated for a number of them, generally the ones that peak my interest. If there are a few I really like, it can take me a long time to finally choose which one to buy. The same thing happens with books, especially when I have a limited budget to work with. I have to pick my favorite and remember the others for the next time. Plus bookmarks are not exactly cheap either, they can be a few dollars each, so I try to limit myself to one per trip – sometimes I get none, because of the price or the stock the store has.
I can’t just talk about bookmarks without showing off my small collection of them. It’s small at the moment, because I somehow keep loosing them, and I’ve noticed less and less bookmarks available in store, but it keeps me happy.
Aren’t they pretty? Some of them, about half, I got from ordering books through Book Depository. It’s actually kinda nice to get a bookmark with each book. And they have a pretty neat selection of them. It’s completely random which one you get, and because of that I have some repeats, but that’s okay. Some of these are from my childhood and are in rough shape, but I still use them regularly, I’m just a bit more careful with them than the newer ones.
Do you love bookmarks as much as I do? Have a special bookmark?