Musings From A Bookmammal

Monday Musings–An Unexpected Bookish Experience!


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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!

Here’s my musing for this week–

sticky note 2I finally got around to reading Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments over the weekend. I really enjoyed it—but that’s not what my musing is about this week!

I borrowed this book from my local public library, and as I was reading along I started to find sticky-notes scattered throughout the pages. There weren’t a lot of them—I think there were five or six in the whole book—but there they all were. Each one had a note written on it with a comment about something that was happening on that particular page. The handwriting was a bit challenging to figure out, but that only made the notes more intriguing—I had to work a bit to figure out what the mystery note-writer was thinking. After I found the second note, part of me wanted to skip ahead and see if there were more—but I made myself use some self-control and I waited until I found the rest naturally.

So I found myself enjoying Attachments on two levels—one for the great story and characters, and one for the opportunity to get into a stranger’s head and learn what he/she thought about specific parts of the book as I was reading it.   It all made for a completely unexpected and fun reading experience!

How about you? Have you ever found anything in a book from the library? Have you ever left notes in a book for someone else to find? Please share!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

13 thoughts on “Monday Musings–An Unexpected Bookish Experience!

  1. How fun! I wonder if the previous reader was part of a book club? Or maybe another blogger making notes for a review 🙂 I’ve found dollar bills and store receipts in library books before. Also an occasional bookmark that someone left intentionally, usually pushing some sort of religious agenda, lol.

    • I know! I started writing a whole story in my head about the “mystery note writer”! I’ve found receipts and things like that in library books before, but nothing that was as book-specific as this!

  2. What fun! The most interesting things I’ve found in library books have been boarding passes and concert tickets 🙂

  3. Oh, that’s marvelous! I bought a few used books that had marginalia–I needed it with those books, but it would be a lot of fun to find it in a novel.

  4. LOl, sounds fun. I’ve found boarding tickets from the eighties in one of my books 🙂

  5. I’ve found notes along the margins, and once, all ‘difficult’ words underlined!

    • I always kind of like it when I find a few notes in the margins–I figure that these notes were made by a very thoughtful person as they were on the sticky-notes rather than permanently writing in the library copy!

  6. That’s awesome! I haven’t ever intentionally left sticky notes for others to find, but now I think that might be a fun idea! I’ve never found anything besides makeshift bookmarks in my library books either… that must have been such a great experience for you!

  7. That does sound fun! I’ve come across a few temporary bookmarks and the occasional notation but nothing that insightful. I had one book where someone had crossed out every word the deemed offensive. But that was more irritating then fun!

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