"Not Just Scraps of Paper" Documents the Importance of a Good Bookmark

Have you ever wondered what your bookmark says about you? You're not alone. 

Not Just Scraps of Paper  is a local blog that's summed up in its tag line: because what you use to mark your place is as important as what you're reading. It features photos of books lying next to the bookmarks that were chosen to mark their spots. 

"My friends and I were surprised to find that we all like to match our bookmarks to our books," says the blog's creator, Sari Philipps. 

We caught up with Philipps to ask a few bookish questions. 

When did you first notice you were choosing bookmarks intentionally to go with books you were reading? 
I think I've always intentionally chosen bookmarks to go with my books, but it's only been somewhat recently that I've realized it. If I'm reading a book and I'm using the "wrong" bookmark, it just feels unsatisfying every time I use it, and I have to switch it until it's right. 

What are you currently reading? 
Right now, I am reading The Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway. I have Zone One by Colson Whitehead sitting on my nightstand also waiting to be read. Truthfully, I probably have about 25 books I could choose from to read, but those are the two that are at the top of my list. 

What are your favorite genres? 
My favorite genres are fantasy-supernatural-horror. I started reading Stephen King as a teen and love Neil Gaiman and Edgar Allen Poe. That's not to say I don't love a good Jane Austen (Persuasion is my fave), but anything that can't actually happen in real life - zombies, vampires, aliens? I love it. 

Where's the best place in Phoenix it read? 
I think Changing Hands is the best place to read in all of Arizona. Heck, maybe the best place to read anywhere. They have everything (new or used) that a person could ever want. Every person that works there is nice and they're always ready with a recommendation for something new. I can't tell you how many amazing author events I've attended there, I can never sell any of my books anymore because they're all autographed to me. 

Can people send you photos of what they are reading and what they are marking their places with?
I would love to have people send me their book/bookmark photos! I love to read and to see what other people are reading as well. They can send the photos to: [email protected]

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