Damn, K-Specks! Back at it again with the Top Ten Tuesday! (Sorry for resurrecting that old meme for the sake of an interesting intro…) TTT is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is very straightforward: “Favorite Bookmarks.”
Now, given the “Don’t have a bookmark?” meme that was trending a couple months ago that started with Chex Mix and just got worse, I considered just making this post a compilation of my favorite responses to it (The Strand bookstore had some especially good riffs on it). However, I figured I also have plenty of my own bookmarks and bookmark substitutes that would make an equally entertaining post, and probably not one you’ve seen before.
I need to stop with these long intros. Just go on to the list already.
1. The receipt from its place on the hold shelf at the library. If the book doesn’t have its own receipt, I’ll use one from another book. (Also, just receipts in general. From the bookstore, the grocery store, the post office, the train station…whatever I have on hand.)
2. These cute little paper bookmarks I made for an AP European History project back in high school. I was representing Carl Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy, so I made bookmarks that had animals along with their scientific names to hand out to classmates after my presentation. I had a few left over, and I still get plenty of use out of them, even it is now 7ish years later and they’re faded with age.
3. Another book (just not for too long, or you risk leaving an awkward bend in the spine from it being held open to one place for a long time).
4. The post-it that had my name on it for personalization at a signing event. Because let’s be real: if the book looks good, I’ll probably start reading before I get home and can get a more formal bookmark to use.
5. A ticket stub. Not the cool part with the name of the actual event–I keep those in a binder–but the ticket-shaped thingy that was in the envelope when my ticket got mailed to me. Bonus: it usually has my name and address on it, so theoretically, if I lost a book where I was using one of those as a bookmark, whoever found it could get it back to me.
6. Bookmarks I’ve gotten from random events or as gifts with books I’ve won in giveaways. I think the inclusion of a bookmark with a giveaway book is a super nice gesture from the publishers, in addition to a good place to remind readers of a) which lovely publisher gifted you the book, and b) where to leave your reviews later.
7. An artsy bookmark with a tassel. Makes me feel all sophisticated. Though my last one I had fell apart a while ago and I haven’t replaced it…
8. The ribbon bookmark that comes attached to certain fancy editions.
9. A dollar bill. As long as it’s holding your page, you won’t be tempted to spend it. Or so I tell myself.
10. This Ampelmann bookmark, modeled after the stop/go crosswalk lights in Germany. It has one of those cool textured surfaces that changes color and image depending on which angle you look at it from! A family friend got it for me and I get SO much use out of it.
This was one of my shorter (and possibly cornier) lists, but hopefully you still enjoyed it. Ever used any of these before? And isn’t the Ampelmann one awesome??
All the best,