I’m currently borrowing a book from a friend and knowing that I have to give it back when I’m done reading is making me very much aware of the way I am treating it.
It’s not that I normally MIStreat books necessarily, it’s that I’m just so used to always having them next to me that I just seamlessly incorporate them into my daily life. I toss them into my computer bag, throw them onto the seat of my car, eat while reading, etc.
Not this book.
See that safe place on top of my husband’s dresser? The dust jacket (or book jacket…both terms are correct) has been sitting safely there since the day I began reading so I won’t accidentally tear or bend it. Safely away from my children’s curious hands. The ONLY times I have put it actually ON the book have been to take pictures for Instagram or Facebook, lol.
I NEVER use bookmarks…ever. I always dog ear (fold down) the corners of my pages! Not this time…a tiny yellow post it note has been holding my place. Hate it. I’ve never been one to have to read to the end of the chapter before putting the book down so I always leave off in random places. Dog earing the pages allows me to know exactly which page I left off on! Now I have to figure it out between 2 pages each time I pick it up which is annoying.
I LOVE to bend the spine of books as I’m reading. I know many of you may find this weird but it actually makes me feel more connected to the book because it feels more “lived in” as I’m reading! Here are some examples of this from my bookshelf:
The borrowed book I’m currently reading? PERFECT SPINE.
I never realized how much I use books as coffee coasters. Apparently it’s often! Not this book 🙂
And a small glimpse into my life…I have written this entire blog post with a 4 year old cuddled up to me with his favorite joke book. The book comes with a “Whoopie Blaster” and makes various farting noises. Some bloggers write to the sound of beautiful music while here I am sitting and writing to the sound of farts. Lovely.
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How do you treat books? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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