NOTE: In this post I am talking about how I take notes along with some examples. This post may contain minor spoilers.
I have a terrible memory. There are times when five minutes after finishing a novel I can’t even remember the main characters’ names. After deciding that I wanted to have my own book review blog I realized that if I wanted to write about the books I’ve been reading – I was going to have to start taking notes. Especially when there are times when I’m lucky enough to get copies for review before the books is released and it may be months from when I read the book to when I post my review.
As a curious person, I’d love to know how others take notes whilst reading. Do you take notes?
I thought I’d share some of the different methods I’ve tried of making notes whilst reading novels.
With all books I read I have a post it just inside the front cover with the names of the main characters on it with a very small amount of info about them. Sometimes I do diagrams just to explain to myself how everyone is related.
Methods I’ve Tried
Notes in a notebook:
I’ve tried using a notebook. I write all sorts of things that come to mind whilst reading in this book…. but I think I might get carried away at times because sometimes my notes – even for a novella – end up being over 7 pages long…
Then I tried out using a mind map of sorts. But to be honest it didn’t work for me. possibly because I had no idea where the story was going and my drawing skills were lacking. I think maybe I should try again with this method and see if it starts to stick with me.
Post its and sticky flags:
I love using post its in novels. Can quickly write down small notes and stick them on relevant pages. I also am a fan of using sticky flags because it’s the easiest way to mark quotes that I want to remember for whatever reason.
For those times when I’m reading and don’t have access to pens or paper – I love the Evernote app on my phone. Easy to write down everything and have it in one place. I’ve used it on both an Apple phone as well as an Android – and the best thing? It’s free!
Underlining and Comments in the Margin:
Okay…. so I’m not a fan of writing directly in a book but there are times when I’ve done it. I was reading Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan and ended up underlining nearly every word… with many notes in the margins. I just… wanted to mark and remember the whole book.
So here are the methods I’ve tried. Maybe you’ve tried some too. Did they work for you? Any methods you have tried that you think might work for me? Let me know what you thought. 🙂