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18th September
written by Steph

A new obsession...

When it comes to marking my place in books, I'm all over the map. I've no problem with using a scrap piece of paper, leaving my book face down (spine damage be damned!), or even just making a mental note of the page number before heading on my merry way. I routinely pick up fistfuls of complimentary, paper bookmarks whenever I'm out at bookstores, but while I'm pretty good at keeping track of these while a book is in progress, once it's done, it's as though whatever bookmark I used must also disappear to mark the finish of the book. For this reason, I haven't made it a priority to collect beautiful bookmarks, as I've always assumed the pleasure of them would be fleeting.

It's a pun! Get it?

[Tony on the other hand is very fastidious with his bookmarks, which is why when we found this hilarious one in a used book, he got to keep it and use it as his own, because I would never forgive myself for losing such a gem.] My ambivalence towards bookmarks changed when at Christmas my friend Taryn gave me a whimsical set of "Rock, Paper, Scissors" bookmarks. Not only did I love their sturdy construction and quirky bent, I really enjoyed how they "clipped" onto pages (meaning I can attach them to a back cover when I'm reading so that they don't go wandering) and are rather conspicuous, so at the conclusion of  a book, they're easy to spot

En garde!

when set aside (rather than nestling down in the pages of the book only to be forgotten until some future read). These fun bookmarks are ones I really enjoy using, and the materials used are flexible and forgiving so that using them with hardcovers is a breeze and there's no fear of ripping or snagging the pages in a book. When I saw these bird bookmarks online at Our Workshop (a U.K. based store), I knew I had to have them. They were so pretty


and delicate, and in case you haven't noticed from our header image, Tony and I have a bit of a fondness for avian depictions. So enamored was I that I happily ignored the intimidating £ signs next to the prices and placed an order for one gold and one silver bird bookmark. Despite their overseas excursion, I'm happy to report that these new additions to our collection made their way to us very speedily (just over a week!) and were actually not all that expensive ($20 for the two, including shipping).  They are even more beautiful in person than I imagined; pictures really can't do justice to how dainty and intricate they are, and we are truly delighted by them. I think these bookmarks shall have clipped wings as I'd hate to lose them, and will likely only use them for books I read at home as I can't bear the thought of slinging them haphazardly into a bag. Added bonus! The bird bookmarks came with the following hilarious warning placard:

Do most bookmarks come with warnings?

I fear this may be the start of a new book-related obsession for me. Any other bookmark aficionados out there? Which of the three showcased here is your favorite? Are there any bookmarks out there that you have been coveting?


  1. 09/18/2010

    I am not a bookmark aficionado but I do love these little birds. Quite a bird fan. When it comes to bookmarks, I usually use a lined, bright color index card on which I write notes as I read. I used to use post-it notes but began to use them sort of indiscriminately and then never got back to anything I marked.

  2. Pretty birds!

    I have numerous bookmarks and love collecting them but they do often go astray (normally as I drift from one unfinished book to another whilst keeping my place then proceeding to forget about it). I have a handful of steady ones that I can usually pinpoint the location of especially my oldest bookmark, a gift from my childhood best friend fifteen plus years ago. It’s rare though that one individual bookmark accompanies me for more than six consecutive books as I’m fickle.

    I find the free Book Depository and Persephone bookmarks are handy to have around when none of my good ones are free.

  3. 09/19/2010

    @ Frances: I like your idea of using note cards, only I can’t imagine me keeping track of a pen on top of everything else! 😉 It’s one of the reason I like my ereader – so easy to annotate and mark pages without fear!
    @ Claire: I think I really like these “clip-on” bookmarks because they are so conspicuous so it’s much harder for them to go wandering. How nice, thought, that you still have gift bookmarks from so long ago! Certainly good things to cherish!

  4. Sim

    Beautiful! Excellent choice. Amazing what a difference a carefully chosen accessory can make to one’s enjoyment, isn’t it?

  5. 09/19/2010

    I love bookmarks as well, and have a small collection of them that I have been building up. A few of them are too fancy to use, as I am afraid that I would lose them and never be able to replace them. Others are ones that I have made myself with various bits of lace and beads and things. I use those a bit more frequently. I am a little bad with bookmarks sometimes though, and I frequently lose them in the cushions of the couch or in the bed. It’s always nice when I find them though! Out off all the ones that you showcased here, I think I like the rock, paper, scissors the best, but the birds are beautiful as well.

  6. 09/19/2010

    The little birdies are gorgeous! I love to collect bookmarks from the places I’ve travelled…but then I seem to use scraps of paper as bookmarks because I’m too lazy to go and find a real bookmark.

  7. 09/20/2010

    @ Sim: Yes, a carefully chosen accessory makes everything better! I think this is also true when it comes to outfits as well as hobbies… 😉
    @ zibilee: I am always losing my bookmarks in bed and in couch cushions too! So glad I’m not the only one! I also love that you make some of your own bookmarks; talk about a personalized placemarker!
    @ softdrink: Love the idea of collecting bookmarks from places visited… probably much cheaper than buying books themselves (and easier to pack!).

  8. 09/21/2010

    I’m exactly like you when it comes to bookmarks. People keep offering me lovely ones which I promptly loose once the book I used them on is finished. I also use cinema tickets, receipts, little pieces of paper I tear from the closest used magazine or newspaper (drives Andre nuts!).

    I loved your birds bookmarks. Have been coveting these ones:

  9. 09/21/2010

    @ Alex: Oh, I love those bookmarks you linked to! How fun! I love the Le Petit Prince one!

  10. 09/25/2010

    How pretty! I love birds too! Only thing is, these wouldn’t be practical for me. I like my bookmarks to stay IN the book, without anything sticking out. Weird, right? My bookmarks are the free ones you get from the library and The Book Depository! But I choose design, definitely only keep and use the ones that have aesthetic attributes. Lol.

  11. 09/26/2010

    @ claire: So even when you use paper bookmarks you always stick them all the way into the book so they don’t poke out? Weird! 😛

  12. 09/30/2010

    Oh – your little birds are gorgeously whimsical – much prettier than the supermarket receipt I’m currently using. I covet them. Covet them greatly.

    Have you considered that if they come with a warning placard they are most likely dangerous, though? Very dangerous in fact? Although they are lovely, for your own safety you should probably get rid of them. I’ll happily take them off your hands…

  13. 09/30/2010

    @ Baker’s Daughter: You are too kind, offering to take these dangerous bookmarks off my hands. But I couldn’t possibly endanger anyone else. I guess they’ll just have to stay here! 😉

  14. 09/30/2010

    Love those birds! My bedroom currently has a bit of a bird theme, all designed around my lovely lovely duvet cover.

  15. 10/01/2010

    @ Kari: Love that duvet! I keep wanting to buy a new one to do some relatively cheap updating of our bedroom’s decor, but I haven’t found one I like! That would certainly give our room a facelift!

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