Mariel suggested this week’s Booking through Thursday 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 keep my books in good shape. Some friends have joked, when I loan them a book, that it’s still new — they can’t tell I’ve read it.
I haven’t always been that way — I used to break the spines of paperbacks consistently. I don’t recall exactly what changed, but I know I made a conscious decision to treat books gently, and so I now do.