16 June 2011

How do you read? Pencil in hand taking notes?

I've been thinking about this the last few days. 

I guess I'm a book nerd. There are worse things to be. 

Depending on the book, if I owned it there have been times that I've dog-eared it to death. Pathetic, huh?

When I would come across something unusual I would want go look it up at a convenient moment. There have been times when I would keep a small notepad with the book I was reading. Even so, I'd still have to find time later to look those things up. I've taken notes in my books too. 

I'd pine away "If only I could easily look up the definition of this word right now while I'm reading..."

We've never kept a computer in our bedroom, we've always had a study. I often read in our bedroom or our living room or outdoors. These days our laptop computer may or may not be where I'm reading. If it's with me I can use it to look things up. 

These days I make highlights and take notes as I read, using my ereader. My ereader has a browser if I really want to Google something. My iPhone 4 is more functional for Internet searches though but I usually have it with me!  

For definitions I use my NOOK's inherent dictionary. I take issue with it though. I wish it used a better dictionary. I've actually looked up many words that it has no definition for. I've complained to B&N but they've not made any changes. 

I didn't used to be like this. In school there was little that I hated more than reading. I hated it. Not anymore. These days I want to experience a goodbook to it's fullest. That might really be the issue though. These days I'm in charge  of choosing my reading. 

So...How do you read?


  1. I read much the same way. I use a Kindle and I LOVE being able to look up words as I go. Again, there's a challenge for archaic words or foreign phrases. STill, I'm getting a lot more out of it than I used to.

  2. I've always read with a pen in hand because I mark in my books. A few years ago, I started reading with a journal by my side because I found myself referring back to sections that I highlighted. Now I just write down all of the profound quotes. Even more recently, I've started reading with my phone by my side because I downloaded the Dictionary.com app. I still haven't been convinced into getting an e-reader!


  3. Theresa, I am not surprised you've run into the same dictionary issue.

    Shannon, I, too, attempted journaling at one point... Hmmm, it must have been not long before I bought my NOOK or I'd have probably done it longer. If you get a chance to take an ereader for a test-run you might decide it's for you... I like having my notes with the book I am reading and always available. Kindle has made it so that its users who borrow ebooks from a library will have future access to those notes if they borrow the boom again. I am envious of that and hope that B&N makes that available to its patrons soon.


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