Sunday, August 11, 2013


Writing in books isn’t just something people do for fun, there’s a name for it – marginalia, and it’s worthy of study. I just checked out a book on marginalia from my library’s website. It’s a book about writing in books, how cool is that? I’ll let you know what I find out later. And while you’re waiting, here’s a link to a video that explains some reasons why writing in books is a good idea. And although it pains me to say so, he makes some valid points!

Write soon,


  1. I didn't watch the video yet, Mary, but I find it fascinating that there is a book about that!!

  2. I once bought a used text with notes in the margins. Made me crazy. But, if they are MY notes, I am more apt to remember my handwriting than the printed text, and it helps in taking tests. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Marginalia...interesting. Can't wait to hear what you discover about it!

    Critter Alley

  4. Mary--It sounds like you're tip-toeing your way towards the dark side. Next time you post about this, you'll be using a Sharpie all over your books, you'll be ripping out pages from magazines all willy-nilly, and you'll be traveling across the county with your "How I Turned into a Book Hooligan" presentation...

  5. I love books about books! And perhaps, Sioux, I will! I think my new career goal is to be a book hooligan, and then I will write a book about it, and then write IN that book!!!!