Booking Through Thursday: Conditioning

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The weekly Booking Through Thursday question for today is:

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?

I don’t break spines on purpose. I’ve gone back and forth on dog-earing — sometimes I haven’t had anything with me to mark a page I want to remember. But I don’t so that much these days.

A lot depends on the book. The classics that I hope to hand down to my children are kept in mint condition. If it is a paperback that I don’t think anyone else will read but me, I might dog-ear pages or underline lines a bit more.

I do hate to see books treated carelessly — tossed around, laid face-down while open, pages bent because another book was shoved on top of it in a backpack, etc. I do believe in a general respect of property — my own, someone else’s, or the library’s.

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7 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Conditioning

  1. With me it’s a matter of how “special” the book is too. I do MOST of my reading in bed at night and when I read there, I try to keep it to paperbacks because I’m reading laying on my back or side and I hold the book with one hand and switch back and forth a lot between hands. I also have a habit of reading until I fall asleep – or that last second before sleep hits. So my nightstand books take a beating! I bend the spines, I usually dog ear the page OR occasionally even lay it down open. Most of these books are inspirational, or Bible study type books – I’m reading them for a purpose – the purpose of sending me off to sleep with nuggets of godly things to ponder during the night and first thing in the morning. I do intend to pass them on – but most of the people I know who want to read them too, don’t really care what condition I give them to them in. HOWEVER… if someone gives ME a book that they want back, I take verrrrrrrry good care and give it back in the same condition I received it! (and I really don’t like it when friends give me pristine paperbacks!!! LOL!)

    Now, I do have other NICE books that I do not dog ear, would NEVER bend the spine and DO keep in excellent condition! And even some of my children’s books are that way! But MOSTLY I think books are for reading and passing around and enjoying. I never got upset with my kids about bends in pages or things like that — I only scolded if they INTENTIONALLY ripped a page or were THROWING the book around… but we have one book — a little teddy bear book (well actually it’s BIG) but I got it as a gift when I was a teenager from a very good friend… and that book has been through the WAR! But I love it MORE because of that! My kids LOVED that book! The spine is duct taped back together. Almost every page is taped in one place or another. That book has been read about 6 billion times. It’s been slept with, spilled on… you name it! I LOVE that book! And Luz loves it too!

    So… no… it doesn’t bother me to see people dog ear or bend spines — as long as they are reading and ENJOYING. That’s the important part! Other than that, they’re just more STUFF – which most of us have too much of anyway.

  2. That’s so true, Melli. We had a well-used, well-loved children’s book that was held together with packaging tape after a number of years. When I was purging books a few years ago, the boys didn’t want me to get rid of it even though they hadn’t looked at it for years.

  3. yes, let’s be gentle with books!! 🙂 I like your answer. and I love the cinnamon texas toast that you have in the post below, ahhh I am hungry for some right now 🙂 I better find something to eat.

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