Mariel suggested this week’s question.
Are you a spine breaker? Or a dog-earer? Do you expect to keep your books in pristine condition even after you have read them? Does watching other readers bend the cover all the way round make you flinch or squeal in pain?
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Well, I do dog-ear books, but that is as far as I go. If I have dog-eared the pages for a specific purpose, say for a line or a passage I really like, I copy the line and then take efforts to get the page back to normal, which we all know is not possible.
The one thing that I absolutely do not do is keep the book upside down or fold the book. When my sister is reading any of my books and if I see her fold the book I surely give her a piece of my mind. She thinks I am crazy.
I don’t mind anyone writing relevant things in the book. I am all for it. But unnecessary scribbling is just not done.
I cover all my books with transparent plastic covers. Is that weird? I do it immediately I buy or get any book, so that I don’t end up with too many books to cover at one time.
Just the other day I was washing my hands in the wash basin and I had a book in the crook of my arm. Somehow, the book slipped and fell in the wash basin under running water. Oh…the horror of all horrors. The first 20 pages and the front cover were all wet. I kept the book under my bed for 3 days so that the pages don’t bend permanently. I still feel an enormous amount of guilt and sadness when I look at that book.
But all said and done, my books are in an excellent condition after reading too.