Let me just say that I suck at bookmarks; I lose them left and right, so I usually just use receipts or whatever pieces of paper I can find.
One of the main times I lose my bookmarks is not between books, but in the middle of them. I open my book, set my bookmark down, then get up and move somewhere else with my book. Then my bookmark falls behind something or gets knocked under something else, and I don’t see it again for weeks.
When Amanda from Reading Comfort offered me the chance to review more of their products after I so loved my book buddy (check out a promotional video for the book buddy), I asked her to send me either the elastic bookmarks or the glittermarks, to see if these bookmarks could pass the Devourer of Books I-suck-at-bookmarks test. Here are the pictures of some of the bookmarks from the Reading Comfort site, first the Glittermark, then the Elastic 4-Ribbon Bookmark:
I’m happy to say, friends, that yes, these bookmarks DID live up to my expectations. Not only that, but everyone at the Justine Larbalestier book signing all admired the pretty bookmark I had on my copy of “Liar.”
I love that these bookmarks are pretty, I love that they have multiple ribbons to mark multiple places (note: the glittermarks seem to have between 1 and 4 ribbons, so check that out before you buy if that matters to you), and I love that I CAN’T LOSE THEM when I’m reading. Don’t get me wrong, I can (and did, temporarily) lose them if I take them off my book and don’t put them away properly, but I’m not sure what anyone can do about that.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when you use these, though:
- They are stretchy, but they are not super loose over most books. That means if you put them over the cover ONLY of a paperback, you’re likely to damage the cover. This is more true for the Elastic Bookmarks than the Glittermarks. My solution has been not to put the bookmark on until I’ve read at least 20 pages of my paperback, then put it over the cover and the first 20 pages. Times when I haven’t been able to read 20 pages before needing to mark the page, I start out by putting the bookmark on from the back, and just putting it over a chunk of pages. If you’re reading a hardcover, you can just put the bookmark straight on the cover
- If you read books in the bath, you need to be careful of the ribbons. I prefer to have my ribbons go from the bottom of the book to the top (opposite of how the Glittermark is shown above), so I had to figure out what to do with the ribbon. Pretty soon I was able to just loop it around where the bookmark attached, and it worked great.
- Dangling ribbons can be attractive to cats! On the other hand, they can also keep small babies entertained, and if they’re attached to the book you’re holding aren’t a choking hazard.
Like I said, once I figured out how to make these work best for me, I looooooooved them. They would make great stocking stuffers!
You can buy the Elastic 4-Ribbon Bookmarks, the Glittermarks, and, yes, the Book Buddy from Reading Comfort’s website. And P.S.: they’re offering a 15% discount through the end of 2009 if you type the code blogger when checking out.
When Reading Comfort sent me these bookmarks, they sent me more than I need for myself, so I’ll be giving a green 4-ribbon bookmark away to one lucky winner. Contest open internationally, closes at 11:59 pm Central on Monday, November 30th. Winner will be contacted by email.
Here’s what you can win:
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