I signed up to be part of a “transatlantic book project” with a few other bloggers. Two books were sent around to different bloggers, who then read and annotated them, before passing them on to the next person.
To some people, writing in a book just feels wrong wrong wrong. I’ve never written in my own books before. I’d feel like I was “ruining” them. But it turns out, writing in books for this project was really, really fun—particularly when we passed around Harry Potter.
The coolest part about writing in Harry Potter was reading everyone else’s comments. It was almost like having a bookish discussion with a bunch of friends. On some pages, our comments completely filled the margins and took up every ounce of available space.
We laughed at funny scenes, asked some big questions (“is there really only one bank for all the wizards?”), and just generally had fun together. It was fun to read what other people were thinking and be able to respond.
I’m not sure if I’ll suddenly be writing in all my books, but doing a group annotation is something I’d definitely do again!