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.