Sunday Salon: Bookmarked

The Sunday Salon

As a booklover, I’m also quite a fan of bookmarks. I like to pick up the free ones that bookshops give away, especially if I found a good bookshop on holiday, but I also have some nice ones I paid for or was given as gifts. And yet in my day-to-day reading I’m just as likely to use a random scrap of paper to mark my place as I am to search out a proper bookmark.

To take the photo below, which I’m pretty sure is barely half of my bookmarks, I scoured shelves and books alike. In some cases the bookmark was a reminder of where the book came from. But just as often I found receipts or ticket stubs in the back of books and I quite like the variety of memories they bring back. A restaurant bill reminds me of sitting on the harbourside in the sunshine a few years back with a glass of wine and a Colette book before Tim joined me for dinner. A corner torn from a newspaper puzzle page reminds me of doing crosswords with Tim after we both put our books down of a weekend morning.


So why do I still like bookmarks? Well, they can provide memories too (and, as I said, the majority of those pictured were left behind in books, so it’s no wonder I often can’t find one and use whatever scrap of paper is handy!). Those that are gifts remind me of the giver, including one bookmark I still use now that was given to me by a friend when we were 9 or 10 years old. They often, unsurprisingly, have bookish quotes or phrases on them, which are things I like. And sometimes they are just simply things of beauty.

Do you collect bookmarks? Do you use them? Or do you prefer to use something you can leave behind in the book that reminds you of when you read it?

11 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: Bookmarked

  1. Vasilly February 16, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    I do collect bookmarks, but only if people give them to me! 😉 I usually just stick whatever I can find in my books. I think that’s why a book of stamps is missing now! Love the sheep bookmark.

  2. Laura@BunnyTales February 16, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I love bookmarks. When I was in high school my boyfriend would take me to the bookstore and let me pick out a new book and a new bookmark every week :)… why didn’t I marry him???

  3. Erin @ Paperbackstash February 16, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I also love bookmarks. The main ones I use anymore are the mini magnetic bookmarks from – I did a post about them here;

    But I have a basket of regular ones too. They’re all a lot of fun and one of the reasons I could never be electronic only 🙂

  4. Vicki February 16, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I love bookmarks too, and get a few whenever I find them for free. The ones I like the best are the ones that are sent with review books because they match the book.

  5. Melissa February 16, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Bookmarks are wonderful. I love them. Usually I wind up using the receipt from the library, but it somehow makes the reading experience – and the book – even more special when you have a nice bookmark.

  6. Nicki February 17, 2014 at 6:56 am

    I collect bookmarks and have a range of them. My favourite one is one I was given by my sister that she made when she was about 7. I’d gone to guide camp and it said I’ve misted you! They have a lot of good memories for me.

  7. Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf February 17, 2014 at 7:33 am

    I love bookmarks! I think they are what keep me from going to e-books completely. 😉

  8. The Girl February 19, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I was berating a friend who always turns down the corners of books to mark her page and her excuse for doing so was “I don’t own any bookmarks”.

    I pointed her to the books I was reading and the array of bookmarks which included train tickets and an Aldi receipt.

    I have a few lovely bookmarks now and I tend to circulate them as I only read one book at a time. I always get a little bit sad when a bookmark starts to go all scruffy round the edges so I try to keep them in rotation.

    That last paragraph definitely makes me sound mental.

  9. Kate Gardner February 20, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Vasilly Glad you picked out the sheep – it was a present from my best friend, who obviously knows me well! And I think I have done the same with a book of stamps before now…

    The Girl It does not sound mental, it sounds much like me!

  10. Susan February 21, 2014 at 3:44 am

    I love bookmarks! But I tend to lose them somehow. They go missing when I most need them. But I continue to get them at times.

  11. dangusset March 4, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    My bookmarks, inspired by this post:

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