I find it most remarkable that there are some people out there who get honest-to-goodness angry
that other people don't
write in books. I for one would never write in one of my books. I've never met anyone who looks at my books and says, "these all look too clean, you must not really read as much as you say you do."
For the record, I didn't make notes in my textbooks when I was in school, either, nor did I take notes while I was reading. I know there are lots of people who try to promote that as "necessary studying technique" but I think it's all bullshit. Don't tell people how to read, or what they should be doing when they read, it's only to try to sell people your own book anyway. The way I always saw it, if you aren't interested in it enough to retain what you read, or hear, or see, then it's not necessarily something you wanted to learn anyway.
Does anyone watch a movie while recording their comments along with it, so that if they ever watch the movie again they have to listen to what they were thinking the first time? (Seriously, if anyone does that, that's... odd.) When I read a book, it's for enjoyment. I don't need to keep a record of every word or phrase or concept that stood out. When I'm done with it, I felt it. Just like my life, I don't keep a play-by-play transcript, just memories. If I like the book, I'll read it again one day.
All that being said, a line that stood out for me, From Guy Gavriel Kay's Tigana
, and I'm trying to quote it as accurately as I can:
Her heart was a wounded thing; a bird with one wing only, fluttering in small circles to the ground.
My goal in life is to have money, power, fame, wisdom, and love.
So far, I've got a sense of humor.
It's a good start.