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Do you take book notes?

Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by Dayspring, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. Enya

    Enya New Member

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    When I read a book I usually hold a pencil in my hand, it's a habit I got from university when I always took notes for exams. Now I usually mark and take notes of passages that I like for different reasons-images, ideas, humour.When I read a book for my studies I always take notes.
     
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    I often take notes on books I read for my book club, we only meet once a month and I may finish the book weeks before the discussion so it's always good to have record of the main points I want to talk about. Some books stick with me very well and I have no trouble recalling the details but others seem to be gone as soon as I'm done with the book.
     
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    When I'm reading for pleasure I never take notes. When I'm reading for education, I usually do take notes on a lined sheet of paper. They're never very detailed though.
     
  4. Robert

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    I almost always take notes. I like to write names and key events on a piece of paper along with the page number in case I feel the need to go back and read something again.
     
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    I take notes for the BOM discussions or a good quote or passage from a book.
     
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    I usually don't with fiction, but with the non-fiction I read I use asterisks on the margins and maybe a few words to remember an idea.
     
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    I have a photographic memory. I have no real need to make notes. The only time I will make a note is to jot down a quote that strikes me. Even that is rare because I can usually remember almost exactly where it was in the book that I read the quote.
     
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    I don't take notes when I'm reading fiction.

    But things are a lot different when I'm dealing with academic/legal material. I must take many notes because I can't memorize everything. It's so much stuff to memorize. There are points I learn, so I don't have to take notes of. But there is also a lot of keywords, laws, different trends and its mainstreams that requires notes, if I want to remember all of it later.
     
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    I hear you, especially if the non-fiction book is jam packed with statistics and other things.
     
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    I sometimes thought of writing notes in the margins, but i could never bring myself to do it.
     
  11. angerball

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    I make notes, not in the book but on a Word doc. I have a pretty lousy memory, so it helps me with vital bits. :whistling:
     
  12. Sliver Slave

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    I remember my father had annotated bits of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy that were particularly funny, such as "teaching a child to become a fish" and "fruitage".
     
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    I tend to scratch notes all over the books I read--agreements, arguments, praise, criticism, etc.
     
  14. Aaron

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    I never take character/setting/theme notes, I usually highlight things that entertained/saddened me just to reread it later on. Taking a lot of notes would make reading more of a job than an enjoyment in my opinion, but hey whatever works.
     
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    Same here. My books get wickedly messy.
     
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    No notes while reading for enjoyment. To me that would mean the story is not captivating and I minus well put it down.
     
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    Hello all, I was just wondering how many of you make annotations of any sort while you read. Personally, I don't, although I often give it thought because I feel it will help me understand the book further. Thoughts?
     
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    I usually don't make annotations as a rule, but with some of my older, falling apart books I have penciled in the margins. I started doing that with Uncle Tom's Cabin because I wanted to make note of certain passages with commentary and now I can flip through and find them quickly due to the pencil marks.
     
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    I never write in my books. I just can't. But I do lay things into my books...pictures, notes, articles that relate to them.
     

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