I have a confession…
I dog-ear pages.
I use dust jackets as bookmarks.
I write in books.
I crack spines.
I want books to be loved, not perfect.
I use my books, and I enjoy it. I put stars in margins and highlight things and spill things and leave books open, facedown all over my house. I buy series in covers that don’t match.
And I know some of you guys do the same things.
I’m always reading posts about how readers and bloggers want their books in pristine condition. The jackets can’t show wear and the spines must stay like-new. The series must match or the whole series shall be repurchased! Which is great. More power to y’all. I don’t know how you do it!
I don’t view my behavior as being disrespectful toward books or unreasonable. And I would never, ever, ever treat a borrowed book in this way (let me repeat: I would never dogear a book that’s not mine). But I view books as things to be used. To be marked with love and the signs of use. I like the evidence that the book has been read. I especially like writing in books because I can have a conversation with myself upon every re-read. E-books are great for this, but it’s even better in physical books because the variety of markings is so great: symbols, handwriting, underlining, highlighting, etc.
The most loved books on my shelf are the ones with the most signs of wear.
Why am I confessing this? There’s no particular reason. I know many readers are proud of their beautiful collections of books, and I just wanted to confess that I, too, am proud of my little collection of imperfectly perfect books.
Are you a fan of pristine books? Marginalia? Dog-eared pages? Share your thoughts!
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