It’s funny what people leave behind in books. Whenever I go to the library and get something to read, there’s usually at least one or two books where the previous reader has left something behind.
Sometimes it’s just a printed receipt of all the books that person had checked out. Other times, it might be an appointment card for a doctor or dentist or a Post-It folded in half to act as a bookmark.
Mom once found something intriguing in a library book. While she leafed through the pages, out dropped an elaborately folded piece of paper. Curious about what was inside, she unfolded it several times and smoothed it out to read an impish message scrawled in a childish hand: “HA HA. Fooled you.” It made both of us chuckle.
I’ll use almost anything as a bookmark. Sometimes it’s the front or back flap of a hardback cover to mark my spot, an empty envelope or a traditional bookmark. Most of mine are simple paper but I’ve got a couple of good ones. One bookmark is a leather bookmark from the National Trust in the U.K.; it has an image of Greenway, Agatha Christie’s home. I always feel so British when I’m using this bookmark.
The other bookmark is a somewhat battered but much-loved cat bookmark. It features a cat sitting on a stack of books, playfully batting at the feathered section of a quill.
One of the local libraries in my area recently put up a decorative board for people who had left their bookmarks behind in their books, which inspired this post. The board had ribbons going in diagonal patterns and the library staff slipped the bookmarks behind the ribbons, so that the ribbons held the bookmarks in position.
The range of bookmarks was amazing. Some were embroidered with pretty patterns and looked like Oriental rugs; others had dolphins or other animals that appeared to move when you tilted the bookmark in another direction. Almost all of them were colorful and drool-worthy.
My blogger buddy Jacklyn has written about some bookmarks featuring various characters from Jane Austen novels as well as some of the other bookmarks in her collection. I’m going to have to step up my game! How am I supposed to resist bookmarks featuring Harry Potter, Doctor Who or the characters from The Hunger Games? (*races off to Amazon*)
Blog readers, got a favorite bookmark you’d like to describe?