Booking Through Thursdays, February 8, 2007

What kind of care do you take of your books? Let’s review, shall we?
  1. Are you careful with the spines? Or do you crack your books open to make them lay flat?

    Sadly not really. It's strange, but when I was a kid I was so ridiculous about the condition of my books. I would never - never - never let someone dogear them, etc. I do crack some books open to make them lay flatter, yes. On certain occasions I flip the cover over too, but not much.

  2. Do you use bookmarks? Or do you dog-ear the corners? If you do use bookmarks, do you use those fashionable metal ones? Or paper?

    I'm getting into bookmarks again. I have the bad habit now (I'm trying to break it!) of dogearring. I use paper, some of them plastic, some ribbon - I enjoy collecting them. I don't own metal, never had a good experience with those, they rip the pages.

  3. Do you write in your books? Ever? If you do, do you make small marks, or write in as much blank space as you can find? Pen or pencil? Highlighter? Your name on the front page?

    Yes. All non-fiction books I study have amazing amounts of highlighting in them. I know I shouldn't, I can't help but do it when I read and try to study. I don't write my name in books much anymore, but I do use bookplates.

  4. Do you toss your books on the floor? Into bookbags? Or do you treat them tenderly, with respect?

    I don't toss them on the floor, but sometimes when I'm out of bookshelves they are stacked on the floor. Yes, into bookbags. I treat them with respect but my life is chaotic and a rare one may get trampled.

  5. Do you ever lay your book face-down, to save your place?

    I have, yes.

  6. Um–water? Do you bathe with your books? Hold them with wet hands? Read out in the rain? Anything of that sort?

    I read in the bath. In the rain? No!

  7. Are your books lined up on a bookshelf? Or crammed in any which way? Stacked on the floor?

    I line them in order. I'm out of room now so the bottom is stacked.

  8. Do you make a distinction–as regards book care–between hardcovers and paperbacks?


  9. And, to recap? Naturally, you love all of your books, but how, exactly? Are your books loved in the battered way of a well-loved teddy bear, or like a cherished photo album or item of clothing that’s used, appreciated, but carefully cared for?

    More like a well-loved teddy bear.

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