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Books and Reading Wednesday: Tales of the Disappearing Bookmark

So, this is related to reading, but not any specific book.

I have come to the conclusion that I have a bookmark goblin. A little creature that comes along and gobbles up not only my proper bookmarks, but also the stuff I use as temporary bookmarks as well!

I swear, I take whatever I’m using as a bookmark out of my book, place it down carefully, go to get it back after reading and POOF! It’s gone.

This has led to me using a good variety of things to mark my place in my books:

– Scraps of paper
– Tissues
– Greeting cards
– Money
– Gift vouchers
– Pens (I don’t recommend this one!)
– Sweet wrappers
– Food bags

The list could go on and on!

My current bookmark is a thank you note card, a pretty one :)

My current bookmark is a thank you note card, a pretty one πŸ™‚

This is one of the things I do love about the Kindle and eBook readers, that I don’t have to worry about scrabbling round for a bookmark in the middle night when I’m done reading.

Still, I do read quite a few paperbacks, so it’s probably about time I try to find and reprimand my bookmark goblin, or invest in some GIANT-sized bookmarks that I will never be able to lose πŸ˜€

Do you have trouble finding bookmarks? Have you ever used anything unusual as a bookmark?

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30 thoughts on “Books and Reading Wednesday: Tales of the Disappearing Bookmark

  1. I’ve used scraps of paper, napkins, and other odd things as bookmarks. A video game instruction manual got used once. My bookmarks tend to break, especially the laminated ones that I inevitably scratch the top surface off of. I use a metal one these days, which I tend to hold onto because it has a cord that I mindless spin around while reading.

  2. I used to use the cut off corner of an envelope that fit perfectly at the ear of the page, but it just disappeared altogether one day. Before that, all of them got lost so I’d be using a bunch of random shit too haha.

    Since getting my Maori proverb and jungle bugs ones, I haven’t lost them yet, so I think I’m overdue for one or the other to up and wander off one of these days.

    • I keep meaning to be good and use bookmarks properly, and then I turn around and it’s gone! I will probably move my bed one day and find a mountain of bookmarks hidden down the side πŸ˜€

      Thank you so much for commenting πŸ™‚

  3. Maybe they wind up wherever the socks go in the dryer – that mysterious black hole. I’ve used nail files, pictures, scraps of paper. Right now, I’m using the bookmark the author signed for me when I bought the book.

  4. Ugh I have the same problem. Sometimes I get weird looks because of the odd bookmarks I use. I’m also a big klutz so I loose bookmarks that way. I’ll trip and fall, loose my bookmark and have to get a new one.

  5. Yes! I gave up on normal bookmarks long ago and have been using random scraps of whatever for years, which leads to some fun rediscoveries of random notes I scribbled in high school years ago. πŸ™‚ But now even those scrappy bookmarks disappear now, thanks to my own ever-present bookmark goblin, who is a year old and likes to eat paper as much as she does chocolate.

  6. I too use a variety of things as bookmarks, such as stickers–of course ones with the back seal still on πŸ™‚ I like the idea of using decorative cards and notecards!

  7. I do the same thing. My bookmarks just end up vanishing. Usually when I’m between books, as they’re not stuck in some stable location then. I had a few nicer bookmarks that I put a few bucks into, which did last a good while longer. I spent money on them, so I was more focused on getting use out of them. In the end, though, they disappeared much like all the others.

    • I loved it, it was a brilliant book and really added a lot to the game series πŸ˜€

      That’s a brilliant idea about putting the bookmark further into the book, I can’t believe I never thought of something so simple before!

      Thank you so much for commenting πŸ™‚

  8. This happens to me all the time! Hm… I wonder if there’s a secret society of bookmark goblins who’ve come to gobble up all our precious markers. (I can just imagine their slogan: Taking Over The World, One Frustrated Reader At A Time. πŸ˜‰ )

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