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I received an email from a mother and son from Columbia, who just finished reading Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. She explained that it’s a tradition in her country to sign the last page and date it when finished reading a book. 

She sent me a photo of the last page. 

I love this idea. What a perfect way to record a moment for posterity. What a treat for readers to land on the last page and have a record of anyone who has read the book previously.

I’m doing it. I’m going to teach my kids to do it. I think you should, too.  


  1. Anne on September 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    This is a brilliant idea and I don’t know why I didn’t think of it! I used to love when library books had the card on the front inside cover with the names of everyone who checked them out and the date they returned them. It adds an almost communal aspect to reading. I even sort of like it now when there are remnants of Cheetos or whatever on the page of a library book, a sign someone was there before me. I am starting this immediately!

    • Matthew Dicks on September 20, 2017 at 9:09 am

      Agreed! Except for the Cheetos… ew.

  2. Jocelyn on September 19, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Agree with Anne, below. I miss those stamped dates on the inside of library books. I date the recipes in my Joy of Cooking, sometimes with a little note (ie- "11/8/16 post-election pancakes"). It is always neat to go back and remember those meals.

    • Matthew Dicks on September 20, 2017 at 9:10 am

      I love that! I’ll mention it to Elysha. Her cookbook collection is impressive!

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