Sticky Note Reviews as a Meme?

I’ve had a few people tell me of late that I should turn Sticky Note Reviews into a meme. Or a challenge. And, well, I just don’t know.

I’m a black queer blogger who reads and reviews primarily books by marginalized voices. As such, I’m not super popular. And that’s fine. I don’t need to be. I read for myself and I write for myself (and the teachers I work with).

I had a dream last night that someone left a comment telling me I stole the idea for Sticky Note Reviews from someone more popular, and that I needed to give credit where credit was due. That stung. I’ve been doing this for years – I left sticky notes inside books so my students would know how I felt about them without them having to ask me.

And so I thought maybe I should get out ahead of it. Maybe I should create the thing so it’s done and I don’t have the fear (which might be a little strong) of last night’s dream coming to fruition. Of someone using this format and telling me I’ve appropriated it.

The thing of it is it’s not a weekly meme for me. It’s not a challenge for me.

This is just how I review books.

I am in need of perspective. What do you think? Should I turn SNRs into a meme or let it ride?


  1. I definitely understand the pressure to do something because someone else thinks it’d be a good idea. I also completely understand the worry that someone else will accuse you of stealing the idea of sticky note reviews from someone else. Here’s my thought on it… it’s just how you read and share your thoughts on the books you read. It’s what works for you. And, let’s be honest, the stress of turning something into a meme or challenge (especially something that you’re doing simply because it works for you) isn’t something that you need any time, much less while working toward your PhD. I should probably also add that you aren’t the only person I’ve seen doing sticky note reviews. I’ve seen them both online and in the real world. I just wouldn’t worry about someone trying to convince you that the idea is stolen and I wouldn’t create additional and unneccessary work for yourself.


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