19 March 2008

Booknotes

I'm considering writing a little note inside each new book I buy, sort of like this -

Bought this book on 21st April 2008 from Bolingbroke Bookshop on North Cote Road. We've taken the FB to get his hair cut at Sally's and while he was there I slipped out to the bookshop. It's a grey day today but as we are about to go to Wandsworth Common, fortunately it hasn't rained.

The idea behind this came about because I recently picked a book (30,000 mornings by Hiag Akmakjian) up off one of my bookshelves and could not remember when I bought it. I could swear that I bought it before MrV and I got together but as it was published after then I couldn't have, and because there is no LRT (Lothian Regional Transport) bus ticket tucked inside used as a bookmark from one of my journeys to and from work.

And I like the idea that in 20 years or so I'll open a book and see the little note and that day will come flooding back.

7 comments:

meggie said...

That is a good idea! On the other hand, even with a date, sometimes it doesn't come 'flooding back'!
My worst habit is to dive straight into my latest purchase, then feel a bit guilty about the other 6 books I am currently reading, & so it goes...

Stomper Girl said...

I love this idea. I try to remember to write in the flyleaf if someone gave me the book as a present but I am not reliable enough about doing it.

Molly said...

Sounds like a great idea! You could also add a few lines about how you liked, or didn't like the book when you've finished it. At my age I need little nudges to jog my feeble memory!

h&b said...

I *love* this idea !!

And even better, a long time after you die ( sorry ! - in the much much distant future ! ), and your books wind their way to a fete ... someone like me can think about who the someone like you was, and how you lived and what you did.

Coz I *totally* love it when I find a personal bit in the flyleaf of an Oppie book.

:)

caramaena said...

Brilliant idea Velcro :) Might start doing that too.

Fairlie said...

This is a wonderful idea. I love opening old books and finding prize book-plates, or notes indicating it was a gift.

twolimeleaves said...

Fantastic idea! I love it :)