I Highlight Books. What Of It?

Until I met my lovely friend Kayla, I would never have dreamed of highlighting a book. But then, I met her, and she introduced me to John Green, and suddenly I couldn’t understand how/why I’d managed sixteen years without doing it. 
Even though I had lasted the first sixteen years of my life without highlighting books, once I started, I began to see it as the most normal thing in the world, and forgot that others…don’t. The other morning I was sitting in roll-call reading The Fault In Our Stars and came across a line I really liked, and had missed in my first two readings (don’t judge me, I just really love that book). I grabbed a highlighter out of my bag, and half-way through my highlighting, I noticed those around me were giving me weird looks. I put it out of my head until later that day when I did the same thing in a study period and my friend loudly declared “What the hell, Georgie?! Why are you highlighting that book?” At the time I could only think to reply with “…don’t you highlight your books?” but upon reflection, I found my answer in the only possible place, another John Green book. There’s a quote in “Looking For Alaska” which perfectly encompasses my reasoning, “‘NEVER USE A HIGHLIGHTER IN MY BOOKS’, my dad had told me a thousand times. But how else are you supposed to find what you’re looking for?”
I highlight books because sometimes there are lines or sections that are just perfect, and you want to be able to find them and read them over and over again, but you don’t want to have to remember page numbers or have to annoyingly flick through searching for it. If it’s bright pink, it’s super simple to find. 
Here’s a few examples from my copy of TFIOS (as you can see, my highlighting is not restricted in size. Sometimes I merely highlight a sentence, other times multiple paragraphs on the same page):

 If you don’t highlight your books, you should seriously consider starting. Not every book will have things worth highlighting, but when you come across one that does (*cough* anything by John Green *cough*), you won’t regret it for a second.

frangipani princess xoxo

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3 thoughts on “I Highlight Books. What Of It?

  1. Desecration! Seriously, I cannot even fathom highlighting my books. Although I get why you do it, I hate when I find a nice line or paragraph and want to re-read it and can't quite remember where it is, so I just flip through until I find it. Highlighting though? No. My books are just too precious.Do you watch Parenthood by the way? There's this nice moment between Sarah and her daughter's teacher, where he shows her his copy of a book that she wrote a really good essay on (that her daughter then stole and passed off as her own) and she sees that he highlighted the very same section that she wrote her paper on. (I hope that makes sense). So maybe highlighting does have its benefits.

  2. I rather underline books, because it's just like… highlighting is like "bam, inda face", but when you underline a few lines and somebody reads your book after you, he'll also think about why you underlined it.BTW, we're reading John Greene in English lessons :PBut I'm also from germany, so we're probably reading it for different reasons than your classes would 😉

  3. I started highlighting in my books when I read the quote in Looking For Alaska, actually, and since then I haven’t been able to get through a single book without highlighting! I also crack the spines of my books and dog-ear the pages, which people around me absolutely despise. I believe a well-worn book is a well-loved book, and I find looking back at the patterns of the highlighted passages rather interesting. Also, looking back at what I’ve highlighted in the past can show me what kind of a mood I was feeling when reading, and all sorts of stuff that I would never know by just re-reading a clean, pristine book.

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