I’ve recently started listening to a podcast called Under the Influence, which is about marketing/advertising. This week’s episode featured the host’s (Terry O’Reilly) book recommendations, which was interesting; but in the first part of the podcast he spoke about bookmarks, and that to me was the best part of the show.
O’Reilly began by speaking about his love of books and a used bookseller he frequented. This led to the topic of bookmarks, specifically what things people used as bookmarks. It seems that people use anything from plane tickets to money to strips of bacon (!) to mark their place in what they are reading.
Some people use letters, like this one found in a book at a yard sale in Liverpool:
I personally love bookmarks, and I have my own little collection. I have bookmarks from various bookstores, handmade bookmarks, magnetic bookmarks, and whenever I travel my souvenir of choice is a bookmark displaying an image of the place I am visiting.
While I’ll use something like a ticket stub or piece of scrap paper in a pinch, I always put in a “real” bookmark from my stash at the first opportunity. I’m weird like that. I only resort to folding the corner of a page in the most extreme of circumstances, and only then again until I can get a real bookmark or post-it note to mark the passage.
What is your position on bookmarks? What is the weirdest thing you have ever used to save your place in a book?