Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Bookmark

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, wherein each week bloggers list out their Top Ten.

This week’s prompt is ‘favorite bookmarks’ which I suppose is about the physical bookmarks, but since I mostly read digitally I don’t really use my collection of bookmarks (swag, The Book Depository, one fancy metal one I got from a Japanese castle’s gift shop). So instead, because I am out of clever ideas right now, I thought will go about my bookmarking process – what I bookmark and how I denote them.

While reading, I often bookmark and annotate the book, mostly for review purposes but also for me to later go over if I want to. With physical books, I have a set of translucent tabs that I use, and with digital books, I use the highlighting feature; both with the same system. No annotations in audiobooks because I usually listen hands-free and don’t always remember to bookmark a clip.

Plot points

Green is usually for something that is foreshadowing some important reveal (this is usually a gamble that pays off), or something that is revealed during the course of the story or plot development. Kindle doesn’t have green highlighting so I merge these in blue highlighting.

Nice quotes

A clever turn of phrase or something that calls to the theme of the book is marked orange. I sometimes use these quotes in reviews.


Important backstory points are marked in blue, much like the way of plot points in green. These, along with the green, are important is case I have to reread the book quickly from my annotations to prepare for the next book in series.

Funny scenes

I use yellow for quotes that I find funny, or for humorous interactions between characters. Sometimes even for general annotations or notes if the book doesn’t have many funny scenes.

Character descriptions and relationships

I usually mark character descriptions in case I want to make fanart later (I can never remember eye color or things like that), and this also applies to clothing descriptions. I also mark scenes of emotional development between two characters with pink. And yeah, kiss scenes.

General notes and annotations

As mentioned before, I usually mark with yellow, or whatever color I was just using before. The exported annotation file has the word ‘note’ for me to find them specifically so it doesn’t matter if it uses other colors.

How do you bookmark/annotate your books?

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Bookmark

  1. I love bookmarking funny things too! I feel like the bits that made me laugh are definitely worth remembering if I ever come back to reread the book or look through it 😀

  2. Oh I like your color system! I need to be better about noting things. I do love being able to do it so quickly on kindle. It’s much harder in physical form. I have taken a screenshot with my phone when I don’t want to interrupt my reading. 🙂

    My TTT

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