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What you can do to books – Matt Haig QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

It is okay to dog ear pages. It is okay to draw in books. Doodles. Margin notes. Highlights. Books are to be interacted with, argued with, marked, loved. A book belongs to the reader as much as the writer. The reader should let the book know they exist.
Matt Haig

13 comments on “What you can do to books – Matt Haig QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

  1. Léa
    August 19, 2018

    “I do love secondhand books that open to the page some previous owner read oftenest. The day Hazlitt came he opened to ‘I hate to read new books’ and I hollered “Comrad” to whoever owned it before me.” – Helene Hanff – 84 Charing Cross Road

    • bridget whelan
      August 20, 2018

      I love coming across underlinings and question marks in the margins…

      • Léa
        August 20, 2018

        Agreed. Helene Hanff also wrote the series Ellery Queen and a few small books that were mainly autobiographical. 84 Charing Cross Road was made into a film with some top of the line talent, Anthony Hopkins, Ann Bancroft, Judy Dench… and it is about her relationship with a small antique bookshop in London that lasted from 1949 through and into the 1960’s. That line is from the book/film.

    August 19, 2018

    Reblogged this on The Country Goth Girl.

  3. V.M.Sang
    August 19, 2018

    One thing you can’t do is throw them away.
    On making notes in the margins, yes. I make notes on ebooks, too. I don’t like folding down corners to keep your place, though. Must be something to do with the way I was brought up. I was taught never to do that. I can’t think why it was so bad, now I think about it.

    • bridget whelan
      August 20, 2018

      Throw away a book? Never, at least charity shops will give a home to books that you know you will never re-read. I don’t mind making notes in a book (short, pithy ones that will hopefully confound a future reader), but there’s a lot of deep-seated guilt associated with dog-earing a page

  4. Rae Longest
    August 23, 2018

    Reblogged this on powerfulwomenreaders.

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