Here goes the question over at BTT for the week:
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?
Books are WAY too precious for me. They are not just meant to be read once for entertainment value, but treasured. I like to maintain the books that I read in as good a condition as possible. Yes, it does pain me to find people mutilating books, making them unfit for another read.
At the same time, I don’t mind marking favourite lines in a book WITH A PENCIL or making notes for future reference. I am guilty of folding the edges of the pages in some books to mark them, when I am too lazy to get a bookmark. I know, I know, I am trying to change this habit. 🙂
In spite of this, the books that I have read are in a quite better condition than the very sad condition of books that I have seen after some people read them. I am sensitive enough to not bend a hardbound book all the way back, as I have seen some people doing.
Is it just me? What’s your say about maintenance of books?