6 Things That Aren’t Bookmarks, But You’ve Totally Used Them As Bookmarks

We’ve all been there. You’re in the middle of an absolutely amazing read, you need to take a break, but you don’t have a bookmark! GASP. What to do?

If you’re like us, you probably picked up the nearest bookmark-like object you could find and made good use of it. (Or you’ve committed the ultimate reading sin and dog-eared one of the pages. FOR SHAME!) Here are six things that aren't bookmarks but totally work when you need one.

Class notes

Once you’re done taking notes for a class and studying said material, you probably don’t ever want to look at those notes again, even though you spent so much time and effort meticulously getting everything down on the page. So it makes sense to recycle them as bookmarks. Plus, you can brush up on your studies in between reads!

Letters from loved ones

Cherished handwritten letters from loved ones can make wonderful placeholders in our favorite books, especially if they’re small and can be easily folded into shape. If you ever need a quick break from reading your book, you can reread the letter that always makes you smile! But is this really the best place for it? Hanging it on the fridge or storing them all in a folder is probably a safer bet.

Money

At least you’re keeping it somewhere safe, right? Right? The main problem with using a dollar bill to hold your spot (or a ten or twenty if you’re feeling fancy) is that it can slip out of the book at any moment, and this is definitely not something you want to lose.

Transit passes

If you live in an urban area, you likely have a card you swipe that gets you onto local transportation, and you’ve probably used it as a bookmark at some point. This works well while you’re on the train or the bus and have nothing else handy, but like money, it’s valuable and can easily slip out of your book. It’ll cost you precious transportation and your place in the book all at once.

Napkins

Sometimes you really have no other choice but to use a dirty napkin to hold your place in a book, especially if you’re getting some reading done at your favorite coffee shop. They’re flimsy and not super resilient and they may have coffee stains on them, but they’ll do in a pinch. And hey, at least you’re recycling!

Birthday cards

We all get them, and we all run out of places to put them and reasons to keep them. But they’re hard to throw away, especially if there’s an adorable animal on the cover and a super sweet message written inside. The added benefit of using a birthday card as a bookmark: they can mark multiple places at once!

What do you use as a bookmark? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. bored_otaku

    I use ripped paper out of my notebook or anything around me that is small enough to be a book mark. Receipts are also a big thing that I use. I always lose my bookmarks!

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  2. MadelineKreiger

    My favorite book mark that I use is a little elephant paper clip from a library!

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  3. nargles

    I once tried to use an empty plastic cup as a bookmark (it didn’t work). Usually I’ll get some scrap paper or something. If the book is kind of old and not too special I might dog-ear pages

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  4. awardhaddan11

    I like using the receipt from the library!

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  5. Anders-Bolt

    My favourite book mark items are the tags off my T-shirts. I have a large selection of geeky T-shirts which normally come with a branded tag. usually quite decent quality cardboard. If I really like them, I laminate them.. it’s sad, but there you go!

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  6. watermelon6

    I usually only catch a few minutes of reading at a time during the day, thanks to my busy online class schedule and three siblings, so I have trouble with keeping a bookmark nearby. (this might also be because I can’t keep a bookmark or hairtie for more than a day before I lose it.) I end up trying to remember the page number or scrambiling to find a bookmark. So far today, I’ve used: three seprate scraps of paper, an actual bookmark (WOAH, go me), a dogear (I know. I’m ashamed), the cover flap, and a scrunchie. I think that says enough about me.

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  7. LilaD1129

    I am terrible about sitting down and beginning a book without thinking about needing a bookmark once I make it to a stopping point and/or need to take a break. Thus, my bookmarks always end up being the smallest, flattest thing I can find near me. In the past, this has been things like napkins, the ripped off corner of a piece of paper, stickers, paper clips (I have also used bobbi pins), and even random coupons (lol). I just know I will never remember the specific page or chapter number, and I usually do not like to dog ear the pages.

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  8. Monique

    i memorize the pages my mom doesn’t like when i do that so she bought me a bookmark with my zodiac sign

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  9. Nanashi

    I always lose my bookmarks, but I have a notepad I tear pieces out of to use as bookmarks. I’ve tried memorizing pages but always forget the number. For some reason, my actual bookmarks always get lost but my makeshift bookmarks don’t.

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    1. bored_otaku

      Exactly, same!

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  10. Pixiheartgirl21

    I´ve used a pen/pencil a few times, although most of the time I do have a bookmark to use.

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