Why You Should Use Bookmarks

Why You Should Use Bookmarks

Dog-earing pages is irreverent.

There aren't many things that drive me crazy in my bibliophile world. (Don't get me started on "The movie was better than the book!" though.) Still, one thing that perturbs me is when people don't take good care of their books. My books are among my most prized possessions. Therefore, I try to keep the dust jackets unbent and smooth, and I handle books with dry, clean hands only. Above all else, I never, ever, ever, EVER dog-ear pages. That's what bookmarks and sticky notes are for.

If someone wants to write in their book, that's their prerogative (as long as they own it, and the book isn't a library copy). If they want to shove a paperback in their backpack and pile a ton of textbooks on top of it, that's their right. I wouldn't do that personally, but whatever. But I cannot abide anyone dog-earing a book's pages. Bookmarks were invented for a reason!

Whenever I see someone dog-earing a page, my heart actually stops.

(My actual reaction.)

It causes me great pain to see someone abusing a book in such a way.

I often think, That book never did anything to you; it does not deserve to be treated so cruelly! Now that poor book has to live with a creased page forever. Even if you unfold the dog-ear, the mark is still there, and the book is suffering.

A tad bit melodramatic? I suppose so. But it's not that hard to mark your spot in a book some other way. If you don't have a sticky note or a lovely bookmark at your disposal, use a clean napkin, or a note card, or literally anything that'll hold your place in the book without forever damaging it. Especially if you're reading a library book, this is key. You're not the only one who will hold that book in your hands; it's disrespectful to dog-ear the pages. Plus, creased pages are just ew in general.

On the positive side, if you use actual bookmarks, you'll have something cute or pretty poking out of your book. I love little magnetic ones, since they don't fall out as easily. I also often try to choose my bookmark based on the book I'm reading. For example, if I'm reading a book I know is set in Paris, I'll choose one of my Eiffel Tower bookmarks.

I can't finish this post without promoting some awesome bookmark stores on Etsy because, obviously, a bibliophile's bookmark needs to look awesome.

I've personally ordered from Happy Hello Art twice, and I plan to do so again in the future when I'm not so broke (side effect of being bookish, oops). Also, I love RemHeathillustration's Rattle the Stars bookmark - but she has other great options too!

So there you have it. This has been a Bibliophile PSA: Use bookmarks.

**This post was written to be over-the-top and a bit unreasonable, so please don't take offense. But please don't dog-ear your book pages.**

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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