I’ve got a terrible headache from walking around in the snow for an hour. The upside of it is… Snow! We should have a white morning tomorrow.
But still, the headache.
I don’t have a lot of time or energy to invest in an elaborate post, so I thought I would just share a sweet bookish thing I’m trying to do. Me being me, I turned it into a guide-ish.
I don’t really know what else to say, so… let’s have fun!
Inscribing Books? You Don’t Mean Write On Books, Right?
I have to say… Inscribing books is not for everyone.
I like the vintage aspect of it, but I’m also more attracted to pre-loved books than to freshly-out-of-the-printer books. Which, if BookTok and Bookstagram are right, most book lovers disagree with.
So just the thought of writing in a book might make you feel sick. But you can still leave a message in a book without having to actually write on the pages. Think post-its or notes in the dust-jacket.
If you’d like to send a little message into the world, there are plenty of ways you can do it.
♡ Why I Donate My Books
- College student living 8k kilometres away from home = not much storage space.
- Au-pair living in a stacked 20mt square room = not much storage space.
- Not everyone can afford new books, so giving them away to a charity shop or library helps new readers discover them.
♡ Why I’ve Started Inscribing the Books
- It’s a lot about the vintage appeal, see.
- I love buying a pre-loved book and seeing that someone had written something in it before. It makes me feel connected to the book’s history.
- The physical books I get are usually second-hand, so they’re already not in pristine state.
- I’m kinda bored.
- It’s procrastination but in bookish.
How I Inscribe the Books
♡ What I Always Write
- The date when I got the book.
- The place where I got the book.
- The reason why I have the book (gift, self-bought, ARC).
- A signature (my name, blog address, or Goodreads/Storygraph, nothing directly personal).
- I draw three flowers with five petals.
♡ What I Occasionally Add
- A recommendation (a similar book or another book this one has reminded me of).
- A quote (from the book or related to the book’s mood or setting).
- A reason why I’m grateful for having read the book.
♡ What I Want to Include From Time to Time
- A joke (related to the book, possibly).
- A riddle or mini scavenger hunt (this idea is totally from the series Dash and Lily).
♡ Some Examples of Inscriptions I’ve Already Done
- November 2020, London. Bought at a charity shop in XX. Reminds me slightly of “The House in the Cerulean Sea” ~ loveforwords.art.blog
- December 2020, London. “Aim for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Bought at a charity shop in XX. ~ /loveforwords on Goodreads
- January 2021, London. Received this as an ARC from ReadersFirst. ~ loveforwords.art.blog
- January 2021, London. Ordered from theworks.co.uk because of the gorgeous cover. ~ loveforwords.art.blog
Do you inscribe your books? Would you like to get inscribed books? I’d love to know what you think of this!