This is funny. My mom asked me, not too long ago, to get into the habit of writing in my Bible as I'm reading. I didn't do it for a while because I didn't know what it was she expected me to write. I considered cheating off of her Bible, but she writes in Arabic, and I can't really read
Anyway, as I was listening to sermons and reading Bible contemplations, I realized that these would make awesome notes! For example, a lot of verses are symbolic and have deeper meanings, so I would jot those down...etc.
It seems a lot of you think writing in a Bible is disrespectful. I never thought of it like that. I certainly would not put a drink or anything on top of my Bible or lean on it while I'm reading. The notebook idea is good, but it's not as convenient to carry around and I'm prone to lose it somewhere. I have a case for my Study Bible with a pencil inside, and since I carry it around a lot, it's just easier to write on the pages (before I forget).
My grandfather's Agpeya is probably quadruple it's size since he bought it because of all his notes and pictures and whatever else he keeps in there. He passed away, but I love opening it up (like an ancient treasure) and reading his short prayers and words of wisdom (it's not all in English though
I really should learn to read Arabic. It makes life so much easier.