I know a lot of bloggers take notes while they read, and I can understand why: sometimes you forget a comment you wanted to make in a review, or there’s a particular quote you have to note down. Which makes perfect sense! But I don’t do that, and I probably never will except for English class.
It’s not just bloggers who do this, either. A lot of writers take notes while reading because it helps with learning more about the craft. Again, totally understandable, and this is one instance where I probably would think about taking notes – but only if it’s a very specific book for research.
But most of the time, I just read; usually quickly, and usually curled up in my bed, without anything else.
And here’s why.
1) Reading is my only time to relax
Seriously. When I get home from school, I do piano practice, at least two hours of study that night, and chores. Reading is basically the only time I get to myself, and I cherish it greatly. I read because I love it, and if I’m taking notes, it’s not going to be a fun process.
2) My reviews are based on overall pictures of books
This is the reason I don’t often include quotes in my reviews. I like looking at the overall book – how it made me feel, what impressions I was left with.
3) I would probably get distracted…like penguins chasing a butterfly
Let’s face it, I’m an easily distracted person. I tell myself I’ll take a study break and then wind up checking out awesome blogs for an hour (let me just say you guys are totally worth it). That’s part of the reason I don’t let myself on the internet between 7 and 9pm on school nights. If I were to take notes while I read, I feel like it would pull me out of the story, and that’s the last thing I want.
4) I don’t want to analyse books too much.
We already analyse books to death in English class. Every single word matters. And in some ways, I appreciate this. But when everything is analysis, it feels nice to have a bit of freedom to read however I want.
And those are the reasons I don’t take notes while I’m reading! Do you? Why or why not?