Originally Posted by kmoney
I think the part in bold is a key point. I'll read a book on a particular topic and then move on to something else. I don't engage the topic I just read about and I can't retain it. But if you focus on a topic consistently for a while and have conversation about it, it can really help cement it in the mind. I think part of my problem is a lack of patience.
Yes...usage is the key to retention.
As far as marking books go. Books are my tools and not something to look pretty on a shelf. I use a ruler when I underline and always use a 'Bic' pen, black. I use different shades of underlining by lightly underlining, heavy underlining, or extra-heavy by thickening the lines. I try to keep it very neat for my own benefit. I also use margin brackets [ ] on particularly important points, sometimes I write page number references in the margin to other places in the book and sometimes references to pages in other books.
The 'Bic' pen doesn't bleed through too bad, but the little ball bearing tends to wear on the ruler or straight edge and results in a leaky pen over time. I keep a paper towel or tissue handy to wipe the pen and the ruler frequently to avoid smears.
I use the 'Bic' in my Bibles, which have very thin pages. You gotta' be careful there or it will bleed through.
'Sharpies' and such are not satisfactory to me for underlining.
Sometimes I use a pencil to underline, so I can erase, if needed.
A No. 1 pencil is soft and leaves a darker line with less pressure.