Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: Do you take notes about the book you are reading as you read?
In brief, no. I don’t take notes of any fiction I’m reading, which is a big bulk of my reading. The closest I come is that I will occasionally flag or underline (in a book I own, of course) a quote that strikes me, often to be written down in my quotes notebook later–but not in the midst of reading. And even that happens…I don’t know, one book in fifty? Or even a hundred?
I will note, when the fifth book of Valente’s Fairyland series came out, I reread the previous four with a pencil in hand, and did copious underlining (like, every page…) because they’re that brilliant. But that’s a vanishingly rare situation.
I also read spiritual books, and for those books I do a lot more flagging or underlining. I have a spiritual journal as well, and after I read one of my spiritual books I transcribe quotes into my journal. But again, it’s after I read the book–I don’t stop reading to copy things out. I tried that and didn’t like it.
Reading is relaxing for me–or it’s a quick snatch in a small space of time. In either case, it’s not conducive to copying down notes.
Do you take notes while you read? Or do you flag things to make notes later?