Unusual Reading Habits

Bookmarks: The Obsession Continues

Some of you may already be aware that I have a mild-to-moderate obsession with bookmarks. I absolutely love them! To borrow from Jane Austen, “It is a truth universally acknowledged,” that a bookworm in possession of a large number of books must be in want of more bookmarks.

My own bookmark collection has undergone a significant amount of growth over the years, and continues to do so. Bookmarks are one of my favorite things to collect because they’re generally not very expensive, and you can find a lot of unique styles.

Since I haven’t felt comfortable going to my local Barnes and Noble during the pandemic, I’ve gotten many of my newest bookmarks online (on websites like Amazon and Etsy), which has enabled me to find some great bookmarks that traditional bookstores just don’t seem to carry. I particularly like the ones which contain a film cell in addition to the main image (such as my The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King bookmark, pictured above).

The only problem with bookmarks is that they are incredibly easy to lose track of. As I said in a previous post, mine tend to behave like the socks that go missing from the dryer. Some of then eventually turn up in bizarre places, while others seem to disappear for good.

About halfway through 2020, I decided to see if I could put a stop to my lost bookmark situation, and got myself a box to keep them in. After a considerable amount of searching online, I found the perfect box (pictured right). It has plenty of room for my current bookmarks, but also has enough space for the collection to expand (which it inevitably will). I currently have it sitting on my coffee table, so it is almost always in reach when I need a bookmark.

Since I started keeping my bookmarks in one location, they’ve been much easier to keep track of. We’ll have to wait and see if this solution works long-term, but it seems to be working so far!

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