Musing About Things: My Reading Essentials

Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Should Be Reading‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:


As a reader I have to have certain things with me whether it’d be my tote bag to carry my library books in or just, you know, a napkin in case a bug lands on the page I’m reading and I kill it with my book. I need a napkin to wipe away the smears (eww!). I don’t use tissues because of the feels. I just don’t.

But, that’s just me. Usually I just have my nook and a book, but then there are times when I’m on the go, prowling through my bag, and then finding out that I don’t have a post-it to mark my favorite quotes; it just drives me crazy. Seriously! I don’t know why I’m even bummed out about not having post-it notes for quotes when I’m going to end up throwing them away later.  Here are some things I need to help make my reading process on the go more enjoyable:

I’m kind of a hoarder (collector) when it comes to bookmarks, but freak out when they get bent. I do use them because I refuse to dog ear the pages, which is the most horrible thing someone can do, despite the fact that I used to dog ear the pages when I was younger. Younger me thought the crease on the corner was the most coolest thing ever, but older me wants to keep everything in pristine mint condition. I mean what if the book is worth $100 million years later? Crazier things have happened.

2. My planner
Because my schedule is kind of empty these days, I fill it up with my book to be release dates to make it not look empty. Anyways I love planners and it’s nice to have a planner to keep track for all those books you want to read. I don’t tote my laptop everywhere with me nowadays and I hate using the internet on my smartphone (smartphones can be kind of dumb at times especially when it comes to battery life). So whenever I want to read something new at the bookstore I just grab my planner and see what’s out.

3. Goodreads/book blogs/twitter
I kept track of only a couple of authors before I discovered the magic that is called goodreads. The author’s webpage was frequently updated back then and not collecting dust, but these days it seems pointless to go onto their webpages because we have twitter and book blogs announcing release dates. I wasn’t too worried about what books I should get next, but these days thanks to goodreads and book blogs I’ve discover a bunch of new authors and books to add to my TBR list. True, I read reviews for spoilers because I want to see if my ship sails off to the distant sunset; however, it’s so awesome to find people who love the same books as you do and to keep track of the books you bought and read is another perk.

4. Post it notes
I hate marking on my book unless it’s a textbook. No highlighter, no pen inks…they just drive me crazy unless of course the book is for school. Post-it notes have been a blessing and a life saver. Thank you to whoever invented post it notes.

5. Notebook
I use a notebook to jot down my notes about the book. Mostly they’re thoughts and rants about why the characters are being stupid and not getting together. They don’t usually make it in when I end up writing the reviews here on BM (sometimes they do!) because they’re a bit rant-y and I doubt that you guys would want to be reading my rants. Sometimes my book notes can get a little crazy referencing to shows that nobody has seen.

6. A charger
It’s frustrating when you’re running out of batteries on your nook or kindle and you don’t have a charger nearby. There are some days when I refuse to carry a charger with me, but it’s an essential for me to carry it around if I’m going to be out all day because how can you read when your kindle is dead??

7. An extra book or two
You know in case your nook or kindle runs out of batteries and you didn’t bring a charger. Yeah, I’m that person who will bring an extra book or two in case I’m stuck in line, waiting for the bus to come, or waiting in line at the store… I need something to do and reading is productive. Although it’s probably not good for my back or shoulder to be carrying more than 1 hardcover book if it’s as thick as Allegiant by Veronica Roth.  I mean being stuck with nothing to do is quite problematic.

Other than that I don’t need too much with me. As long as I have something to write with in my bag and a book to read I’m fine on most days.

What about you? What reading essentials do you have to have with you at all times when you’re reading? 

Author: Jackie

0 Replies to “Musing About Things: My Reading Essentials”

  1. I always lose my bookmarks! T_T And before Goodreads, I never kept track of my books, except I had a wishlist on this giant piece of paper. Post it notes are a must! I also always have at least one physical book and one ebook with me at all times. Just in case. 😉

    1. Oh I lose my bookmarks as well and I die a little inside every time that happens. I have these little sticky flag notes that I like to stick on my books on quotes that I like although sometimes when I don’t have any around I do the feared dog ear >< they are tiny dog ears though lol! I always have a book with me wherever I go and sometimes even a spare book!

      1. I haven’t used the tiny sticky flags, but I think that would be easier to mark quotes than using the half size yellow ones I’ve been using. I try to not carry too many books with me, but two spare books is good in case you get stranded somewhere without wifi access.

    2. It always drives me crazy whenever I loose my bookmarks, but glad to hear I’m not the only one who always have at least one physical book and one ebook with them at all times.

  2. Hahaha, yes! I love the list. I think before I would read whatever caught my eye. There were very few authors I was dedicated to outside of Nora Roberts. (Un)surprisingly, not much has changed since then.

    1. Thanks Kim! 🙂 I totally understand what you mean because before there was only a tiny author list I’d keep track of as well, but nowadays that’s been the opposite especially with so many awesome book releases. Kind of hard to keep track of them all sometimes.

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