I used to be a paper-only book snob. Then, a few years ago, hubby bought me an iPad mini and the first app I downloaded was the Kindle app and I’ve been hooked ever since.
There are rules for paper books (at least for fiction. They don’t apply to non-fiction where marking up is essential to learning). Don’t fold or crinkle the pages. Use a bookmark or other flat object to mark a spot, never turn it upside down and stress the spine. Use caution when reading near food and drinks. And when it comes to writing, underlining, or highlighting, I shudder.
Now with my eBooks, there are no rules. I’m free to highlight to my heart’s content. A funny line? Highlight. A truly swoony moment? Highlight. An inspirational truth? ALL the highlights!
Since joining GoodReads, I’ve amassed quite the collection of highlighted passages. Which makes me wonder, do you highlight favorite quotes? How do you record those beautiful lines you want to savor later? Do you do anything else with them, like keep them in a journal to read later or make graphics for social media?
For the street teams I’m on, I usually try to create graphics using quotes that stood out or resonated with me. My own street team has been wonderful about doing the same for some of my books as well. Most often, though, I simply keep the highlights saved to my Kindle app to reread later.
One of my favorite recent quotes comes from the sweet rom com Saving The Secret Prince by Kristin Canary: “There’s something about love that makes you weak in all the best ways—able to be vulnerable, to admit that you need each other, to see that you are strongest when you’re together, because a braided cord holds up much better than two individual strands on their own. But love also makes you strong, because a good partner challenges you to be a better version of yourself.”
And how about this kiss in Sara Beth Williams’s Anchor My Heart: “He leaned forward and captured her lips in a gentle kiss. Sweet as honey. Right as home. Fluid and beautiful as an acoustic song. He needed more like he needed air and music and God’s abundant love.” (SWOON! Not even that descriptive, but it’s beautiful!)
And here are a few of the graphics some of my readers created from my books in the past:
They did great work, right? It’s always such a delight when readers enjoy your work enough to take the time and share a quote, highlight, or graphic. I’d love to read some of your favorite quotes or thoughts on highlights in the comments below!
Thanks for hanging out with me today! See you next month during out annual Birthday Bash celebration!