Friday 16 November 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Do you take notes about the book you are reading as you read?

Do you take notes about the book you are reading as you read?

I used to but it just got in the way of actually reading the book so I stopped.
I found it jarring and it was causing a disconnect between me and the book.
I know that I blog about books, and post reviews, but I'm not a professional reader.
I'm a recreational one who shares her thoughts.
I care more about the impression a book left on me and whether I was entertained than critically analyzing a text page by page...
I limit myself to just highlighting quotes as I read now and then writing a rough review once I'm finished which I'll spiff up a bit later before posting.


  1. I'd feel jarred out of the story trying to take notes regularly too I think. Hope you have a great weekend. - Katie

  2. Fair point. I need to start, but it's more about the fact that I have been half assing some of my reviews lately and I feel just jotting down a few thoughts here and there will help keep me on task. ^^;

    I do prefer impression reviews over point by point ones, so that's something to consider (for myself, not you, lol).

  3. I hate when taking notes takes you out of it! I use post it flags for situations like that :)

  4. I highlight a lot when I read (on my kindle), but I will jot down some notes when I read at home. I keep a notepad right next to my reading chair. It helps me, when I figure out the focus of my review or when I make some sort of great connection.

  5. That's pretty much what I do too. Highlight a lot and if I have a really important point to make I put a note on the highlight but that's it. Everything else comes when I draft my review while going through the highlights.
    I used to write down notes too but like you I found it jarring!

  6. If it's a book that I'm reviewing then yes. I take notes as I read the book.

  7. Yeah, there's really no way I could take notes while reading. I think it would be distracting too. Every now and then I take photos of quotes in physical books though so I have it for later.


  8. I highlight on my Kindle and use post-it notes. If I glance at the page it usually comes back to me so I don't need to write notes. It is too distracting.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  9. I agree. Typically I'm so involved in what I'm reading that it never occurs to me to take notes. When I write my reviews that an emotional burst of feeling and I kind of like them that way. Great review. Thanks for posting.

  10. Taking notes is too much of a distraction for me while reading.


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