How I Annotate Books

I write in my books.


I think you all know that by now because I talk about it often. I think it is so important, especially as a book reviewer because it really allows you to connect with the novel. You can be critical while still following and enjoying the book. It also makes a book more unique and special. It’s like having a conversation with the characters. I know that in the future it will be so fun to look back on and read through the pages.

How I do it:

What I Use-

  1. black pen!!
  2. 4 highlighter colors
  3. post-it notes (diff sizes)
  4. post-it tabs


The Process-

  • I use a black pen to write in the books
    • typically this involves little comments to respond to dialogue
    • I also write comments about problematic parts of books
    • Sometimes at the end of each chapter, I write little summaries or thoughts I had about them
  • The 4 highlighters are what I use to really get analytical
    • yellow- important scenes
    • pink- love/romance
    • green- favorite quotes
    • blue- things to mention in review
  • Post-it notes
    • I use the post-it notes when I have more to say than can fit on the page
    • sometimes I want to write a couple sentences down but there is no room so I write it on the post-it
    • I do not use these too often
  • Post-it tabs
    • These correspond to my highlighters
    • I put them in when I highlight a part so that I can easily flip to the different sections without skimming through each page

Here are some examples of pages in my books: (not all of the pictures follow my current system)




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That is basically it to how I annotate! I hope this post was helpful.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them down below. Do you annotate in your books? Let me know how!

xo, Jessica

16 thoughts on “How I Annotate Books

  1. I write in my books, too! I only use a pencil because sometimes I write before I think, so I need something erasable in case my comment turned out to be gibberish and I need to reorganize my thoughts. 😂

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  2. Woah I love how organized this is–might have to try something similar for myself. That’s such a cool way to personalize your books! How did you come up with that system? I’ve tried to establish a note taking system before but haven’t been able to find one that clicks with me yet.

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  3. So cool, thanks for sharing. I sort of like the idea and wanted to give it a go for a while but haven’t got there yet. I used to take notes in a reading notebook while I read instead. Sometimes I used tabs. Sometimes I underline. At the moment I take photos of the parts I want to remember. Still trying to find something that works.

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    1. Yea it was definitely a little scary the first time I did it because I didn’t want to mess up! Start with a book that you don’t mind being a little messy in. Then it won’t seem so bad and you can transition to other books :)

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  4. OMG! These look so pretty!
    And it’s perfectly okay to write in books!
    But I probably won’t because I’m too lazy. When I’m reading a good book, I hate even changing my reading position. And I’m VERY lazy.
    But this looks like a fun thing to do! 😊

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  5. I really enjoyed reading this. I daren’t write in my books. That gif is funny though. Haha. Had to chuckle a little. Literally my face when I read the headline. I would like to do this though, to write better reviews for my followers. Thank you :)

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