Bookish Chat : Highest Highlights!

December 19, 2014 Bookish chat 24

I only realised quite recently that when I’m reading on my kindle and come across a highlighted passage that I can check exactly how many other people liked that quote enough to highlight it.  I thought it would be fun to check what the most popular quote was on four very different books that I read this year – a thriller, a classic, a new adult book and a young adult dystopia.


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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn : 745 highlights

“Give me a man with a little fight in him, a man who calls me on my bullshit.  (But who also kind of likes my bullshit.)”

Persuasion by Jane Austen : 892 highlights

“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago.”

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire: 1847 highlights

 “You know why I want you? I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.”

Divergent by Veronica Roth : 991 highlights

“I like to think I’m helping them hating them”  she says “I’m reminding them that they aren’t God’s gift to humankind”.

I honestly how no clue what part of the book this was so in case you are equally lost, it’s Christina talking about Peter, Molly and Drew.

My Thoughts on Highlights:

I really enjoying seeing what other people liked in a book as it makes me stop and think why they liked that particular part so much.  There is also a bit of me that thinks it’s very big brotherish that all this is being tracked and I suppose it could be considered a little invasive but it doesn’t overly bother me.  I doubt my quotes can be used against me in any way!

I thought that it was interesting that Beautiful Disaster had so many highlights compared to the others.  I’m thinking that maybe more people read New Adult books on kindle than in paper format.  I have no evidence of this, it’s just a hunch.  What do you think?

And the Divergent quote really threw me, all the others I recognised instantly but obviously that quote didn’t overly impress me at the time.

I always highlight as I read on kindle as it’s so easy and non intrusive to do.  I like to see them when writing my review and sometimes what I highlight is because I want to remember it for a negative reason rather than because I liked it.  I never highlight physical books, I don’t mind damaging them, it’s just too much effort!

And my favourite thing about highlighting on my tablet is that I can highlight in colour.  I mean colour co-ordinated highlights, it doesn’t get much better than that!

Bookish Chat : Are you surprised by any of the quotes?  Do you highlight?  Do you check to see what others have highlighted or even notice it if you read on kindle?




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24 Responses to “Bookish Chat : Highest Highlights!”

  1. Dee @ Dee's Reads

    Ah this is such an interesting post! I have noticed and look at the highlights.. It seems like I only “get” a few of the highlights and then rest completely confuse me! Then again, I highlight things that annoy me, or confuse or even just examples that I want to illustrate in my I can understand why sometimes the best quotes aren’t the most popular.
    I love that Persuasion quote…it makes me ache for some more classic romance!
    With physical books I don’t highlight, but I do underline in pencil..but usually not fiction. I did underline the crap outta my Picture of DORIAN Gray though. It had way too many amazing lines for me not to make note of it. 🙂 unless it’s a textbook, or nonfic, or classic I don’t usually highlight physical books.
    Dee @ Dee’s Reads recently posted…Book Review: Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

    • trish

      I do the same, I highlight things I want to talk about as well as quotes I love so it does make sense that not all quotes highlighted will be the amazing ones.
      Love that Dorian Gray inspired you so much that you went underlining happy on it 🙂 I need to pick up a copy 🙂

    • trish

      Yes, I don’t think the feature works on e-arcs so it makes sense why you haven’t seen it! I read a lot on my tablet as I just like the handiness of bringing all my books everywhere with me! Plus I like being able to buy and have a book immediately 🙂 Of course I love physical books too.
      And interesting another thumbs down for Divergent!

  2. Bea @Bea's Book Nook

    Oh yes, the tracking is quite Big Brotherish. But it is fun and interesting sometimes to see what other people highlighted. I often that there’s a large disparity in what I choose to highlight and what others highlight. More than once, I’ve finished a kindle where no one else (at that point in time) highlighted what I did. It’s fascinating to see what some people think is worth marking. I do find that I highlight differently when I’m reading for fun, reading for work, and reading for review. For the latter two, much of what I highlight is less because it’s interesting and more to do with what is or might be important or to be sure I remember important details and facts, or maybe it’s a subject I want to pursue further.

    I love that with ereaders we can mark up what we’re reading without making a mess of the book or defacing it.
    Bea @Bea’s Book Nook recently posted…Karen Harper Discusses Where Authors Get Their Ideas & A Giveaway

    • trish

      I agree Bea, I highlight differently in review books. There it is often just points I want to remember to talk about rather than quotes I love.
      And that is one of the huge advantages of ebooks for me. It’s such a handy feature and I make full use of it as I’m a huge quote hunter and gatherer 🙂

    • trish

      I think a larger proportion of younger people read NA books and they are more likely to have a reading device. That’s a huge generalisation but I think it’s true!
      I rarely make notes with pen and paper. I do sometimes on ebooks but like you I rarely use them in my reviews afterwards as I tend to forget about them!

  3. Lola

    I was a bit lost about that divergent qoute indeed, I didn’t even remember it from the book, not even when you pointed out where it was about. I am a bit surprised that one has been highlighted that often.

    I agree it’s interesting to see what people highlighted. I’ve seen the highlighted parts on my ipad with the kindle app, but I most often read on my Kobo and I don’t see the highlights there. I never highlight, not sure if my Kobo actually has that option or not, I never looked it up. In uni I sometimes highlighted my book, but I am not really comfortable with that, so I never highlight physical copies beside that.
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    • trish

      I know that Divergent quote is just so random and not that funny or that anything really! I was sure it would be the quote about valuing ordinary acts of bravery.
      Yes I read on my iPad all the time which is why I highlight all the time. If it was an effort, I probably wouldn’t bother either.

    • trish

      I’m just the opposite, I highlight on auto-pilot! I love the idea of your notebook full of quotes but I’m not sure I’d ever take the time to do it. I use the GR feature to like quotes I like and then they show up on the blog. Not really for other people, just for me as all the quotes just mean something to me.

    • trish

      If I read on my tablet they show automatically so they always catch my eyes. And yes that Persuasion quote is the best!

  4. Brianna (The Book Vixen)

    When I first glanced at this post, I thought the number of highlights was how many highlights YOU made for each title. I was like ‘WOW, that’s a lot of highlighting!’ LOL

    I love being able to highlight quotes and passages, which is one of the reasons I prefer reading ebooks over print. I have turned off the ‘popular highlights’ feature because I found it distracting. I also didn’t want to be influenced by quotes/passages highlighted by other people. I want to highlight what stands out to me, on its own.
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    • trish

      Hahaha, I’m the highlighting queen but not even I’m capable of doing that much highlighting in one book!
      I can see why you’d turn it off when reading. Sounds pretty similar to not reading reviews beforehand as these things do colour our views and I never thought about that in context with the highlights but it’s true.

  5. Jackie

    I don’t think Nook does this. Or…if it doesn’t I haven’t noticed it yet. Considering the age I grew up in, I’m not surprised that every click or highlight is being tracked. As bloggers, we do that too in our traffic analyzers, right? So, I don’t think I would feel violated if my e-reader tracked what passages I highlighted. It certainly would provide a lot of interesting material to check out– what passages resonated with readers the most. I think I’d like to see that sort of stuff from time to time.
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    • trish

      The first time I checked my google analytics I got a bit of an awakening when I saw just how much was tracked about those who visited. An eye opener and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
      I don’t use a nook but I have heard others say you can’t highlight on that. And yes, I think it is really interesting so see what others loved or just what parts resonated with them.

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