So I have something to admit to you guys: I used to be a right stickler about the condition of my books. As in, I’d wash my hands before I’d touch them, and would do anything to make sure not even a hint of a crease was visible on their spines.
And I mean, it’s not like I don’t care now about how my books look – I do! I don’t want them torn and beaten up, but I’m not going to cry if they are (unless they’re my autographed ones, in which case someone will pay!). However, when I’m reading them, it’s not at an angle where the book is basically closed to keep the spine intact, like how I used to.
No, I’ve changed these last couple of months. I’ve decided that comfort, and actually enjoying the process of holding and reading a physical book, is more important than how the book looks in the end.
This is how I used to look after my books – obsessive bookworm style!
1. Clean hands:Unwashed hands are a no go – you think dirt is coming anywhere near my pristine book covers? Oh no. Wash them until they sparkle, please.
2. Being aware of your surroundings:
Is there a drink near you that could possibly fall and spill onto your book? Or perhaps you want to put your book down, but said surface could be wet/dirty? Being paranoid of everything is a good thing – it makes accidents avoidable.
3. Protect it with your life:
You’re falling down the stairs and the book is going with you? Protect that book like it’s a million year old historic statue worth over a billion pounds: do not drop it.
4. But then you realise your love for the perfect state of your book was the destruction of it:
You bent one of the corners hugging it to yourself. All in all, life sucks.
5. You then accept you went a little overboard:
Maybe not letting other people touch the book and shouting at them when they try to is a little too far.
6. But you listen to the insane bookworm side of your conscience like you always do (*swear word used in gif!):
And the world makes sense again.
How do you look after your books? Do you keep them in a perfect condition, or have the attitude of ‘whatever happens, happens’?