I just love bookmarks. And as a reader, what could be a more perfect accessory?

Years ago, when I first started traveling for work, I didn’t have a lot of money to pick up souvenirs. However, I went to some interesting places and wanted to be able to have a remembrance.

Since I always tried to squeeze in a visit to at least one bookstore on every trip (if longer than one day), I settled on picking up a bookmark when I could find them. Now these were the days when independent bookstores were everywhere, so the opportunities were tremendous.

My collection became so large, that I now have them stored in a decorative photo box. I pull them out maybe once a year and remember some of the fun — and not so fun — places that I visited.

But most of my freebie, souvenir bookmarks are of relatively cheap paper, and I never actually use them. This means that while they’re a fun remembrance, they’re not functional.

So, in addition to the souvenirs, I like to get interesting — but functional bookmarks. In my last few trips to England I have found some leather bookmarks at cathedrals and castles, with the name and a drawing of the building on the front. I figure these are pretty sturdy, so do use them.

I can’t resist looking at the bookmark displays in Barnes and Noble and Borders. I have a particular fondness for ones with long strings of beads at the end, or pretty much anything featuring a fairy or a cute cat. But I think my absolute favorites are ones of laminated international stamps.

One of my friends came back from England last year and gave me a Tudor needlepoint bookmark to make, with the Tudor rose on it. It had been years since I did any needlepoint, but it was a really easy pattern, and I just love it.

Another friend sells crocheted bookmarks with beads at craft shows, and I’ve been the recipient of several. In fact, these latter bookmarks have sent me off on a search for knitting patterns for bookmarks. I figure this would be the perfect way to use up little dibs and dabs of yarn. I’ve found quite a few patterns, but so far, each one has some pattern element that I don’t understand. I’m going to keep looking, though.

How about you? Do you like bookmarks? What’s your favorite style? Any kinds you don’t like?


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My first memory is sitting with my mother on a blanket in our backyard surrounded by books and she is reading one of them to me. My love of reading was encouraged by my parents and it continues to today. I’ve gone through a lot of different genres over the years, but I currently primarily read mysteries (historical mysteries are my favorites) and romances (focusing on contemporaries, categories, and steampunk). When I’m not reading or working, I love to travel, knit, and work on various community projects.