This is similar to last week’s discussion, what “bad” book habits do you have that ruins your enjoyment of a book, but in a way, this discussion is also very different. This week, I want to know if you have an unusual habit regarding the books you buy and while you read the actual book. I know I do.
Followers of my blog should know by now that I buy a lot of books. I mean, you can check out my many Stacking the Shelves posts for simple proof. Here’s the thing that you guys don’t know: I only read 98% of the books I bought.
No, I don’t mean that out of every 100 books I buy, I read 98 of them. I mean out of every 100 books I buy, I only touch 98 of them.
What, you’re probably thinking. Am I reading this right? To answer your question, yes, you’re reading this right. Out of every 100 books I buy, I only touch 98 of them. Let me explain.
I’m really picky about my books. When I buy them, they must be in perfect condition or else I won’t buy them unless they’re on sale for 50% off or more. When I do get the book in my hands, I immediately put them on my bookshelf or table, depending on how lazy I am feeling that day.
Here’s the thing: When I do want to read that particular book I bought, I borrow it from the library instead. Yes, I’m serious. That means the book I bought remains untouched, basically forever, unless I rearrange my bookshelves for whatever reason. That also means that the books I bought will be in perfect condition, forever. (I wonder how many of you guys are now assuming I’m weird. Just wait until you reach the next part.)
In my defense, I have my reasons for doing this! I’m really clumsy with everything I touch and I might drop my precious book on the floor and get a huge, unfixable dent on it, which would just kill me because I want all my books to be in perfect condition like mentioned above. (I don’t think this is the time to mention that I accidentally once dropped one of my cherished books in a sink full of water when I was a kid. It practically scarred me for life.) Plus, if you read in long intervals like I do, you may get finger sweat on the pages (or it may wrinkle because of your finger’s grip on the page).
If I do read the actual book I bought instead of borrowing it from the library (which is extremely, extremely rare), I have a special procedure. If the book I’m reading is a hardcover book, I take off the dust jacket and put it in a special safe place just to prevent it from being damaged if I accidentally bang it, fold it, rip it, or leave finger sweat on it while reading. I then don’t bend the spine too far (the book would be opened into a length of one hand) and when I have to bookmark a page, I use a thin receipt (because let’s face it, thick bookmarks can ruin the spine) and place the receipt near the right edge of the page (again, to prevent the spine of the book from being ruined).
If I’m not reading my book at home, I don’t place my book in a bag I carry in fear that while I’m walking, some material inside my bag will bump into it and dent a page or some jerk would push me and bang my bag (and book) into a hard surface area. (Hey, it has been known to happen!) Instead, while I’m travelling to places with my book, I hold onto it with my bare hands all the time.
Library books sadly don’t get this special treatment of mine.
How about you guys? Am I the only extremely weird one here? Are you a crazy person like me and treat my books like shrines or do you worship them like I do?