Unexpected Bookmark

Last night, as I was getting ready to go out and run an errand, I asked Brian if he could please feed our cats because I had noticed their food bowl was low (but not empty). He grunted in a noncommittal way that led me to assume that he would do it.

When I got back from my errand, he struck up a conversation.

“What book are you reading now,” he asked.

“Dolphins Under My Bed.”

“Did I see that one? That sounds like something I would remember.”

So of course I had to go off to get my book to show him the cover, all along explaining that this was one of the books I was reviewing for ReaderViews. After showing him the cover and getting a sort of “oh, okay,” from him, I of COURSE flipped the book open. What I saw was this:

I guess he didn’t want to feed them after all!

What odd things have you found in your book? Notes people have left you, strange things left in used or library books.
Or, what odd things do you use for bookmarks?

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19 Responses to “Unexpected Bookmark”

  1. fyreflybooks Says:

    I mostly use receipts for bookmarks – from the book itself if I have it, whatever’s laying around my wallet otherwise.

  2. Melody Says:

    I generally used a discarded envelope until I got this cool metal bookmark with pretty ribbons last month that I have been using since then…

  3. Michelle Says:

    I use anything that is flat which I can find close by. I’ve even been known to rip pieces of magazine pages (ads, usually) just because there’s nothing else readily available. I don’t generally like “real” bookmarks because they aren’t flat enough and plus the whole world provides bookmarks for free – why pay a dollar for one?

    I work in a used bookstore so we always find, eh, interesting things in the books that come in. I should start saving them and keeping track! Off the top of my head, there was once a grocery list that included the regulars – apples, oranges, cake mix, cereal, etc, but also mixed in were combat boots, razor-sharp knives, and vinyl. From a grocery store, really?

    I’ve also found money, and that’s always exciting. πŸ™‚

  4. Dawn Says:

    I was going thru the “BooksANDBlogs” ring just last night commented on a post (whose, I don’t remember!) about finding an eyelash in a book (?!). Then this morning I blogged about these “treasures” and linked to an article at AbeBooks.
    My current “bookmarks” are usually corners ripped from whatever newspaper is lying around! Maybe it’s time to upgrade!

  5. marie Says:

    I- gasp!- dog-ear my pages.
    Sometimes if there’s something I have to remember to do I’ll leave a note or a postcard in my book. But mostly I just deface them. 😦 I’ve found all kinds of things in library books where I work- prayer cards, gum wrappers, dead bugs, you name it. πŸ™‚

  6. marie Says:

    oh and thanks for the kind words on my new layout! πŸ™‚

  7. rantsandreads Says:

    I use anything from paper scraps to ribbon as bookmarks. I used buy a lot of bookmarks, but I could never remember to use them. Now I just have a collection of bookmarks I find in used books I buy at book sales and thrift stores.

  8. Devourer of Books Says:

    Most of these sound more normal than a note ‘from’ your cats. Except for that grocery list you mentioned, Michelle, that’s just very, very odd.

  9. Megan Says:

    Hahahahaha! This is not odd, but I often find old movie ticket stubs I’ve used as bookmarks. And class notes that would have been really helpful for an exam the semester before (need to be better at keeping track of those).

  10. Heather Says:

    I use just about whatever is handy, but I was wondering about what other people do as well. I’ve got a survey going on over on my blog on this topic – please stop by and vote when you get a chance!

  11. Popin Says:

    Aw! That’s a cute note he left you. I use anything as a bookmark, any scrap of paper would do. As for the weirdest thing I’ve found? I was at the library and picked up a book. One time I found a 20 dollar bill in one of the books, the other time I found a weird drawing.

  12. kegsoccer Says:

    I use anything, although right now I’m using the bookmarks that J. Scott Savage sent with his Farworld book.

    As for things I’ve found… umm most recently a baseball card, and a sticker of a blue cartoon girl shouting something either in Chinese or Japanese.

  13. Literate Housewife Says:

    That is hilarious! I use post it notes, receipts, odd pieces of paper, just about anything other than bending the page over. I’ve recently made two bookmarks that I’ve been using. I keep meaning to take pictures. I need to do that post those. They’re no where near as precious as yours though. πŸ™‚

  14. Devourer of Books Says:

    I think I may need to laminate it and make it a real bookmark.

  15. Carrie K. Says:

    I’ve taken to printing free bookmarks from different online sites onto card stock. With a house full of readers, we go through them like crazy. Of course, in a pinch, a kleenex will suffice – unused, of course. It’s also handy if the book is a tearjerker. πŸ™‚

  16. unfinishedperson Says:

    Not to be a bookmark snob or anything ;), but most of the time, I don’t use bookmarks, I just like to figure out where I was and go from there. Even if I’m not exactly at the same point, if I missed something the first time around, I can pick up on it the second time.

    Yet once in a while, I do use the odd receipts, scraps of paper like others have mentioned. As for your bookmark, that is one I’d save. That is really, well, precious.

  17. rantsandreads Says:

    Its funny that this post coincides with a similar post on the New York Times Book Blog

  18. Literate Housewife Says:

    I’ve been using clear contact paper for my bookmarks. Until I get a personal laminator, it’s cheap and doesn’t require a trip to Kinkos (the scraps also keep the kids busy so I can actually be crafty with them around for at least 10 minutes). And I love Carrie’s suggestion. I had no idea there was such a thing.

  19. J.S. Peyton Says:

    This isn’t necessarily odd, but I am a chronic collector of bookmarks. Not only do they have to be nice and unique but they have to aesthetically match the book I’m reading. For instance, if the cover of the book has a bit of blue in it, I must use a blue bookmark or some other color which nicely contrasts with the cover, like yellow. I will and have objected to bookmarks in books with the complaint, “But it doesn’t match!”

    I tend to prefer any kind of bookmark over the plastic tasseled ones, because the tassel inevitably comes apart leaving an unattractive, plain old dangling string. Once, I had a cloth bookmark shaped like a green bookworm which I lost one day after many years. I despaired for months. = )

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