Re-reading Outlander

Since I started a commonplace book, I wanted to re-read Outlander, the first book of the series from Diana Gabaldon.

I read it a first time in Dutch, when I was 13 years old (or 14), and then a second time in 2014, in English. If you are a Dutch reader, try to read it in English. That experience, is not describable, it is so wel written… I hate to say this, but it is even better written than the Harry Potters. Since I read it, I wanted to go to Scotland so badly! And finally, this year I’m actually going 😀 You can expect the story of my trip around June.

Okey, I lost track there.

So I wanted to re-read Outlander, because I believe when you are keeping a commonplace book you read differently, and more in depth. It will be the first fiction I’ll annotate (I think I said before it will be Eye of the Needle, from Ken Follet), I chose this one, because I already know the book, so it is easier to stop, to annotate, to take time to write or type things down.

I haven’t found a system that works for me yet, so I’ll just annotate with the colours I mentioned in a former blogpost, and after each chapter, or when I feel like it, I’ll put it all in a word-document.

For example, when I come across a plant or a herb, I’ll write it down, I’ll do a quick Wiki search, and put it all together. The same for historical events, historical characters, places, terms, sayings, and so on. Later on I will write down what is needed on index cards, to have a written commonplace book to refer to when needed. It will come in very handy, when reading the other books from the series. If you already have read the series, you know what I mean, if you didn’t, read them, please. It’ is worth it. I cried, I laughed, I yelled, I smashed things. Yes, they are that good.

It is the intention to later use the “Great Ideas” from Mortimer Adler, but that is still in the future 🙂 and subject to later posts.

If you are interested in the file, don’t hesitate to contact me, I’ll glad to share what I have so far.


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