The mangled pages of the books on my shelves have terrifying stories to tell. They’re spreading mostly true tales of the times I’ve just brutishly turned a giant corner of the page down to mark my spot in a book. They claim I say things like, “I bought this book, I should do what I want with it, since it doesn’t have to go back to a library or anything.” And then, they say I shove the book just a little too hard into the back wall of the shelf and place a very creepy Pennywise the clown Funko Pop! in front of it, and they are all done with me.
Well, it’s time for New Year’s resolutions, which I typically don’t do, but maybe I want to read a book without wrinkling its pages. There are perfectly good bookmarks out there, but I was gifted a nifty little froo froo that I absolutely love to pieces: magnetic book page holders.
At work, at a holiday gift exchange, Management, based on a questionnaire of my likes/interests, got me these whimsical, happy little cactus doo-dads that I can stick onto the pages of the books I’m reading. They are made of sturdy, shiny card stock material, and they are so adorable I just want to tear out a lung and throw it up on the ceiling.
In any case, I’m pretty sure anyone could make these with a little imagination and ingenuity. You could probably buy some card stock or use cardboard you might have lying around somewhere and cut it out, ensuring that there are three parts:
–A “face” (glue a magnet on the other side)
–A swingy/foldable bridge part that’s connected to the face above, and the one mentioned below
–Another “face” (glue a magnet on the other side)
If you are talented at drawing, you could create almost anything you want. If not, there are plenty of free, downloadable images online to use. Also, I have these ideas:
–Old passport photos
–Expired driver’s license photos
–Other people’s family picture-holiday cards
–Actual holiday cards that are magnetized
–That sock the dryer spit out, even though it’s still holding its matching counterpart for ransom
–Keys you have, but they don’t open anything you own, and you’re not sure why you have them, or where you got them
–Scraps of wrapping paper or lingerie
–Pages from that catalog that you keep getting in the mail
–Anything from the junk drawer—just reach in there with your eyes closed and surprise yourself
Basically, the sky’s the limit, so there are plenty of fashionable and fun ways to keep the books in your house happy. And a happy book is one that sleeps well at night, with nary a thought of revenge or matches tucked under the ears you’ve made of their pages.
In Other News: I have a new horror story out. It’s kind of weird, involving hybrid animal experimentation and worms. In fact, it’s called “Worms,” and you can find it here, in Horla literary magazine.
Your Turn: What is your favorite way to mark your place in a book?