In the world of readers, there are two types of people- first, who keep their books neat, and second, the ones who highlight their books. Which one am I? A mix of both, depending on the book I am reading (I’ll explain later). Right now, I am here to tell you why to underline important lines in a book. Ready?
While there are people who highly advocate NOT underlining books or doing anything with them, there are also people whose books have so many underlinings. Both have their pros and cons- every coin has two sides, right?
Suppose you ask me why to underline important lines in books. I would say highlighting or underlining the text in a certain book helps you relocate important points, makes the book colorful (if you use different highlighters), is extremely useful in note-making and makes remembering text easier.
Now let’s discuss why to underline important lines in a book. When can you avoid doing that, when should you do it, and so many more things! Let’s start.
Why Underline Important Lines In A Book?
Before that, what kinds of books can you underline? What books can you avoid if you want to? What kinds of books do I underline? Let me answer that.
Well, I read either the textbooks of my course or fictional novels. I preferably underline or highlight more in the books from which I have to make specific notes. The ones that I will need for academic purposes.
Why do I do that? There are five major reasons for that, discussed below.
I don’t underline the other books I read for leisure or highlight a lot in them. I may like just a few quotes or a few dialogues between the characters. I like those books neat and always new.
Now, let’s talk about five reasons why you should underline important lines in a book.
1. Helps You Relocate Text
The fundamental reason for highlighting or underlining things in a book or a notebook is so that you can relocate them easily later on and don’t have to find certain important notes, definitions, or formulae later.
So, when you highlight or underline important lines in a book, it becomes easier to relocate them later on.
Well, to answer that is quite easy. When you underline important lines in a book, they appear on the page a little different from the other text. They appear… underlined.
That’s what our aim was, right?
2. Makes The Book Look Better
It makes the book look better… well, most of the time, and I’ll tell you how and why.
Whether or not your book looks better will depend on how you highlight or underline important lines in a book.
If you color-code different things, lines, and meanings and make proper notes in the book using color flags or anything like that, the book will look pretty.
But on the contrary, if you randomly go in underlining the book’s text, or overline the text, and make a mess, the chances that your book will look better, or colorful, or pretty are close to none. So, keep in mind when and where to do what.
3. Makes You Feel Studious
It comes from personal experience. Underlining important text in a book, or highlighting key points, makes me feel productive and educated.
Underlining important lines in a book or highlighting it gives you that extra little push in life AND in studies that you need to study further.
So, yeah! Ṭhat is one more reason I say yes to underlining crucial details in a text properly.
Now that does not mean to feel educated and productive; you highlight everything in the book. That will defy the entire purpose of underlining it and making it look noticeable.
4. Useful In Note Making
It is one point that fulfills the entire purpose of underlining text.
While preparing for my board exams (yeah, I studied), I used to do this.
Highlighting important texts not just makes you feel studious but also helps in note-making, and I’ll tell you how.
When reading the entire text, the aim is to highlight the important lines and facts. Now, when it comes to making notes, use that specific highlighted area so that your notes are already filtered and contain just the important information, points, and facts.
5. Easy To Remember Where You Read The Text
Highlighting or underlining important lines in a book makes remembering where you read the text easier. It becomes easier when you color code the highlights or underline them specifically.
What do I mean by that?
While you underline important lines in a book or highlight them, to make it easier to remember where you read the text, you can use an unfamiliar pattern of underlining and different colors for highlighting.
For example, a different color for the quotes you liked, a different color for the definitions, a different color for terms, etc.
That might be a little work, but the results are worth it!
Concluding | Why Underline Important Lines In A Book?
Here are the five reasons you should underline important lines in a book. Also, I do it because it is low-key fun to keep sliding your pencil/highlighter on the book (while also making sure it doesn’t look messy).
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