I’m Inscribing My Books Before I Give Them Away – Here’s Why and How (aka one more bookish way to procrastinate)

Hey everyone!!

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.

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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!


20 thoughts on “I’m Inscribing My Books Before I Give Them Away – Here’s Why and How (aka one more bookish way to procrastinate)

  1. Aw hope you’re feeling better! This is such an interesting post; I don’t think I’ve really donated a lot of books yet, but if I do, leaving notes within the pages would be really fun way to “feel connected to the book’s history”!!

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  2. I would love to stumble upon a book inscribed by you 🙂 I’m okay with putting notes on books, but I’m more comfortable with pencils than pens/highlighters. And like you, I love finding former owner’s notes in a second hand book.

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  3. This is such a cute idea! I don’t inscribe my books, but I love the idea. I like my books to look nice on the outside for pictures, but as for if there’s an inscription on the inside? That doesn’t bother me. Actually, I think it’s really interesting and adds character, almost, when I open the cover and find something inside or if there’s a little something written in the margins somewhere! I buy a lot of second-hand books, and I’m usually so curious about what the previous reader was thinking as they read it. It *almost* makes reading something a social activity … but in a way that’s manageable for introverts who don’t like leaving their house and actually, you know, talking to people. xD


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