I’ve started to annotate my books this year, and recently hacked a system to annotate eBooks! Annotating for me makes my reading experience more enjoyable, I feel that I am taking in more of the book and valuing either the representation, plot or even writing style!
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Why I Decided To Annotate Wrapped Up In You + My Thoughts!
My #BookyChats December’s pick was the novella by Talia Hibbert: Wrapped Up In You available exclusively on Rakuten Kobo. Discussing the book and its diversity through representation of POC, abusive relationships and anxiety was so insightful and another reason for Talia Hibbert to be on my auto buy list!
I was intrigued to see how she would write a festive romance and I definitely got the clichés and cosiness of this book. If you’re a fan of character driven books, then this one is for you!
Annotate eBooks: The Colour System
Kobo has 4 highlighting colours: blue, yellow, green and pink. Whilst you could go down the route of using a colour to annotate different characters, you could also go down the route of annotating the plot, the writing style or even how the book is making you feel.
For me, my goal is to read books which have great diversity, plot and characters. I incorporate these values into the reasonings behind the colours chosen!
Pink representation of moments I loved in the book.
Blue diversity and representation e.g. anxiety.
Yellow representation of funny moments in the book.
Green representation of character development or things I wanted to note down about the characters.
This system varies when annotating a physical book or even when annotating a completely different genre such as fantasy!
Annotate eBooks: The Note Sytem
Although colours are pretty useful, annotating a book with notes is the finishing touch I love! Flicking back through a book and seeing your thought process is amazing, especially when rereading and looking at what your past self thought of the book!
When highlighting sentences or paragraphs a certain colour, I usually add notes as to why I picked it out. You could go pretty serious English literature student vibes on this, or you could write down all of your squeals and excited thoughts in notes! I’m a mixture of the two, I love appreciating writing techniques, but when your ship has finally sailed in the book (aka William and Abbie in Wrapped Up In You), the fangirling is real and so it must be noted down 😉
To get more out of my reading, I love to use post it notes either every 50 pages or 100 pages. This is just a summary of what I think about the book, if I’m enjoying it and what I might think will happen next!
Using post it notes is not available when annotating eBooks, however there’s a solution to that 🙂 On Kobo, you can highlight chapter titles. Whilst you may not be able to use post it notes for every 50 or so pages, you could do it for the quarter way point of the book or halfway point.
Wrapped Up In You has 8 chapters and an epilogue. I added notes to the title of chapter 4 and then added notes to the epilogue for my overall opinion. I find that writing down my thoughts not only helps me see what I think of the book, but helps me write reviews which can often be a struggle.
A Wrap Up From Me
I had such a blast reading Wrapped Up In You! Talia Hibbert ticks the boxes for my diversity loving heart. With great representation of relationships, POC, mental health and just valuing yourself – I appreciated this novella a lot!
Annotating eBooks is still a relatively new experience for me and I’m definitely still learning, but I hope you all have picked up some useful tips! For a mini review, check out my Instagram. And I’m always down for a discussion so let me know your thoughts of these tips and tricks as well as Wrapped Up In You down below 🙂