Friday Fun Facts

04 May

Hi and welcome to Friday Fun Facts!  Come play along and learn something new about me, and I’ll learn something new about you.

This week—actually the last several weeks—I’ve been lucky enough to make a small dent in my TBR pile.  It’s a good feeling.  Although I managed to read several—even writing up a few reviews—my pile is no way near manageable.  But I’m glad I had the time and chance to read the ones I have.  I have a ton more that I can’t wait to dive into, but for now I’m saying “YAY” 🙂

All of these books come in different forms.  I have several books on my nook, and still more in print lining the shelves in the office, tucked into a cedar chest, stored in boxes in my closet and basement and a towering stack on the floor beside my bed.  And I won’t mention the tilting pile on my dresser that makes my husband cringe.

There are times I’ll have a few books going at once—and I know from talking to others I’m not alone there.  Now obviously when I have a book I’m reading up on my Nook, keeping track of the page I’m on is easy when I get interrupted, but when I have a print book, it’s a bit more of a challenge.

Sure, over the years I’ve had my fair share of cool bookmarks.  Some I’ve received as gifts, some I’ve picked up on my own, some have even been handmade either by myself or the kids.

But there have been times that I don’t have a bookmark handy, and I need to stop reading and want to mark my place without folding over the page (hate, or leaving the book open, print side down.

I’ve used some odd things as bookmarks—a paperclip, tissue, another book (yep, I tucked one inside the other to mark my page…lol).  I’ve even been known to tuck a utensil—as in a fork or butter knife…(don’t ask, but I will tell you they are clean: :)) to mark my spot.  At times when I’m in the car waiting while picking up a child, or enjoying a quick read on my lunch hour at work, I’ve been known to use a candy wrapper from my purse, a string—actually dental floss…which I also keep handy in my purse, a pen…pretty much anything I can dig out.


Which brings me to today’s Friday Fun Fact question….Drum roll please…

What is the oddest thing you’ve ever used as a bookmark?

Looking forward to reading your answers!


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40 responses to “Friday Fun Facts

  1. Loralee Lillibridge

    May 4, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Wow, Christine! I can’t top your unique bookmark substitutions. I have used a rubber band a couple of times, but since I always try to keep paper and pencil close at hand, I’ve torn many a note pad to pieces to mark my place. Not very creative, I’m afraid. With my Kindle, like your Nook, there’s no problem there.

    • ChristineWarner

      May 4, 2012 at 7:37 am

      LMBO…as you can see I live in desperate times over here!

      Thanks for coming by Loralee….love the rubberband… 🙂

  2. Tereasa Bellew

    May 4, 2012 at 6:47 am

    I’m always reading in the car while waiting for pokey children (mine always the last to arrive) and use a bank envelope to mark the spot. Once, my SIL needed a book to read and she called me later to say she found twenty dollars in it. Seems the envelope wasn’t empty!

    • ChristineWarner

      May 4, 2012 at 7:37 am

      LOL…love it Tere….nothing like reading with a bonus!

  3. Jerri Drennen

    May 4, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Nothing real weird. I’ve torn a piece of paper, folded the corner on the page, but most of the time I just turn the book over and hope no one moves it.

    • ChristineWarner

      May 4, 2012 at 8:18 am

      Whenever I turn the book over somebody always moves it LOL. No, nobody picks up after themselves, closes a cupboard door, replaces a roll of toilet paper, but they will make sure my book is closed. LOL

      Thanks for coming by Jerri!

      • Jerri Drennen

        May 4, 2012 at 8:21 am

        Why does your household sound like mine, Christine?

      • ChristineWarner

        May 4, 2012 at 8:25 am

        Didn’t we discuss how alike we were? Somehow we’re related…lol

  4. Callie Hutton

    May 4, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I’ve used bills, a blank check, bank deposit slip. a tea bag (unused), receipts, and once I actually used a bookmark! Happy Friday everyone.

    • ChristineWarner

      May 4, 2012 at 8:18 am

      LMBO..once you used a bookmark…love it! Also love the teabag…nice one Callie!

  5. Cheryl Yeko

    May 4, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Before my Kindle (no bookmark necessary), I just dog-eared the pages.

    Have a great Friday, Christine!


    • ChristineWarner

      May 4, 2012 at 8:19 am

      For some reason I can’t bring myself to dogear my pages….the thought makes me cringe. LOL..thanks for coming by Cheryl!

  6. Sharon Cullen

    May 4, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Nothing, really. I usually fold the corner of the page down. Which is its own controversy. Some people cringe when they hear that. LOL

  7. Julie Glover

    May 4, 2012 at 8:25 am

    What a great question! I recently used a nail file, but I’ve used gum wrappers, receipts, my cell phone, pens or pencils, and business cards.

    • ChristineWarner

      May 4, 2012 at 8:34 am

      I think I’ve used a nail file before too Julie…nice one. Also like the cell phone..they’re so thin now they would work great…lol. Thanks for coming by!

  8. Cara Bristol

    May 4, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Now that I have a Kindle, it’s not a problem. But I’ve used tissues, business cards, pens, and chip clips.

    • ChristineWarner

      May 4, 2012 at 8:47 am

      oohh…chip clips! That’s a great idea! LOL..thanks for coming by Cara 🙂

  9. Calisa Rhose

    May 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I don’t know if I can top your list Christine but I often use a chip clip to hold a book open so I can multi-task as I read (usually while eating). I actually just finished Vonnie Davis’s Storm’s Interlude and used a ‘real’ bookmark all the way through, which rarely happens. It usually gets replaced within one closing to a tissue, pen(cil), paper clip tucked, not on the pages to mar them, scraps of paper, receipts, books, eye glasses, my cell phone in a pinch (I tend to forget where I put it if no one calls soon after and I can’t read for a while lol), nail file, scissor, necklace (once)…Whatever I see first gets used. 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      May 4, 2012 at 10:05 am

      I think you have some pretty interesting items in your history too Calisa! Another example of us being sisters. LOL Love the eye glasses…and scissors!

      Thanks for coming by!

  10. Mari Collier

    May 4, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I absolutely will not dog-ear a book. If nothing (I’ve used a child’s 12 inch ruler) is handy, I commit the page number to memory.

    • ChristineWarner

      May 4, 2012 at 10:06 am

      I’m with you Mari…I don’t do the dog-ear either…but I do like the ruler idea! lol

      Glad you dropped by 🙂

  11. Ally Broadfield

    May 4, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I, too, cringe about folding over pages. I use whatever’s handy. In the car it’s usually a receipt from my purse, but I’ve also used ponytail holders, a comb, and pens (which aren’t so good since they’re round). At home anything within reach – usually a piece of paper torn from something or a paper clip (because I keep them in the table next to my favorite chair).

    I used to pay for my own bookmarks to give to the kids in my library, so when the evil school laid me off I brought hundreds of them home with me, so you’d think I would always have a bookmark available, but not so much.

    • ChristineWarner

      May 4, 2012 at 10:07 am

      I know what you mean about bookmarks…I have several…some really pretty ones that I love…but they are never handy when I need them and I don’t go searching them out…I just grab what’s the closest.

      Glad you dropped by and shared Ally 🙂

  12. stevenloweryauthor

    May 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Hi Christine, bookmarks is a great idea! If I would read more-probably would have more exotic things used to hold page-place! Such as dry pizza crust, spagetti noodle, maybe a strip of onion from a cheeseburger! My answer is: a DVD. Didn’t ruin the book because it was in a ‘slim case’ thankfully. I record book interviews, news bits, movies, and what the world is comming to with my dvd-recorder. I wonder why I’m so far behind on actual writing projects??? Anyway-love your blog!

    • ChristineWarner

      May 4, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Thanks for coming by Steven! Loe the pizza crust or spaghetti noodle….would be horrible to forget about it though…lol

  13. Jennifer Lowery

    May 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks to my fabulous daughter I never have to worry about being without a bookmark. She made me three of them so I am never without 🙂 Great post, Christine and some awesome answers!

    • ChristineWarner

      May 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks for coming by Jennifer…happy you liked the post…and the answers are always fun 🙂

  14. Kinan Werdski

    May 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    My passport, once. Only once! I learned that lesson. Like everyone else, I use whatever is handy. Since I like to read outside, that has included blades of grass, twigs, flowers, feathers, an animal bone, a layer of shale, a bit of snakeskin, and a butterfly wing (no body attached). For a while I was using a tip of a squirrel’s tail that I found, but it eventually disintegrated.

    Funny thing, though. I’ve noticed no one ever borrows my bookmarks!

    • ChristineWarner

      May 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      LMBO…Love it Kinan…I bet nobody borrows your bookmarks…especially the snakeskin, bone, squirrel tale….okay…all of them except the blade of grass! Thanks for coming by!

  15. MarthaJRamirez

    May 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    You always ask the best questions! Hmmmm can’t say I used anything odd that I can remember. But I’m sure I have!!

    • ChristineWarner

      May 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      I always get the best answers too! LOL..thanks for coming by Mart 🙂

  16. Gabby W.

    May 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    After reading the other comments, it seems actual bookmarks are more rare than anything else! 😀 I’ve used my phone, a lighter, even the pack of cigarettes as a bookmark before. I’ve even used my Kindle to hold open a paperback. Lol!

    • ChristineWarner

      May 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      LMBO…love the kindle bookmark Gabby 🙂

      And you’re right, I think people buy bookmarks then put them in a drawer and forget them….then use the thing on the table next to them 🙂

      Thanks for coming by and commenting!

  17. Mirriam Smyth

    May 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Uh… Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve used a flip flop before. I had to leave in a hurry, couldn’t find anything, didn’t want to fold the page I was on so I took off one of my flip flops and stuck it in the book. I wasn’t married then, but was living with my sisters and they told me I’m such a FOB for using my flip flop. LOL I didn’t care – I had to leave!

    • ChristineWarner

      May 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      LOL…good one Mirriam! I can’t believe the variety of items people use….way to fun!

  18. Sadie Hart

    May 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Paper clips tend to be a favorite of mine, since I’m normally reading at work. Though thankfully I work in a library, so I can often swap it out for an actual bookmark. I just hate admitting how *many* bookmarks I go through. :-p What ever I can find, I typically use as a bookmark. And while I have to admit I’ve never used a squirrel tail (!) I have used a dog tail…while attached to a living dog. It’s what she gets for snoozing where I was reading and I had to get up and run an errand. Thankfully, she was still sleeping when I got back, and her trusty tail was still keeping my spot.

    • ChristineWarner

      May 4, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      I love that Sadie…my dogs would’ve gotten up as soon as I did. And lucky you for working around books everyday…with the opp to read! I’m jealous.

      Thanks so much for coming by 🙂

  19. Brenda

    May 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I’m a fold the top edge type of book reader.

    • ChristineWarner

      May 4, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Oh no Brenda…….there goes are things in common. LOL thanks for coming by!


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