Within the bookish community there are huge groups of individuals that manage to keep their books in pristine condition, and though this is something I really (really!) admire it is, unfortunately, something I seem incapable of emulating! Try as I might I just cannot stop myself from consciously and unconsciously committing almost every single book sin there is, so I thought it would be fun to list the top 5 ways I do this. This post is partly a desperate plea for somebody to tell me they do the same, so please do comment below and let me know if you can relate, or if this post has turned me into a monster in your eyes!
Brace yourselves, this may be a bumpy ride!
1 I dog- ear the pages
Try as I might I just cannot get out of this habit! No matter how many beautiful bookmarks I buy I simply lose them within .2 seconds of ownership. Plus in my mind folding the page is just so much easier! Personally I find it easier to see how much progress I’ve made when I fold the page as opposed to sticking a bookmark in, so that is precisely what I do!
2 I crack the spine
I used to be so against doing this and thought that anybody that did it was a literal monster, oh if only my younger self could see me now! There is nothing more annoying to me than reading a book that you’re holding half closed out of fear of cracking the spine, so i always crack the spine immediately and honestly it’s one of the best feelings in the world. It’s so satisfying. I am such a carefree woman now! Such a wildcard! It changed my life for the better and I am not afraid to admit it!
3 I highlight my books
Whenever I read a book I always have my highlighter handy! If I see a beautiful quote or one that I wish to mention in a review I have no issue with highlighting it! It makes quotes so much more easily accessible, and honestly makes my life as a book blogger so much easier!
4 I write in my books
If you weren’t already disgusted by my behavior, I’ll go one step further and reveal that I consistently write in the books I am reading. I mostly do this with classics as it’s a habit I slipped into while studying literature, but I occasionally do it i other books too! This not only makes writing my review so much easier, but is also so interesting to read through months after I’ve read the book. But I must admit that I also do this because I can be kinda lazy, and writing directly into the book is so much easier than writing anywhere else!
Now I feel that I need to prepare you for the final sin because it’s one that is probably wholly unique to me, and as a result I’m not certain that you’ll be ready to hear of it! But here goes….
5 Sometimes (it’s actually quite a lot more than some of the time) I’ll just place a cup of tea (in true British fashion) right on top of the page I’m reading to keep the page, and this often results in my books being absolutely covered in rings of tea from the bottom of the cup and this makes the pages wrinkle a bit and alongside the cracked spine it makes for a really very wonky book that is barely a book shape anymore!
Well….. I think enough has been said.
And that concludes the 5 bookish sins I regularly commit! Please do understand that I absolutely love my books and me almost completely destroying them is actually my way of showing that I love my books! I would love to hear if you commit any of the same bookish sins I do, or if you’re one of the people I envy in your ability to keep your books beautiful!
p.s. please don’t judge me too hard!