You know how I love Booking Through Thursdays. This week's question is: "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 am definitely a spine-breaker, but not a dog-earer (I live and die by book marks). However, I don't keep my books in pristine condition--I want them to feel loved and used like they were meant to be and to serve as a testimony of the journey that the author, the characters, and I made together while I was reading.
I nearly always read with a pen in hand; I like to underline favorite passages and write notes that remind me of what I was thinking/feeling when I read that passage. I write the date that I read the book inside the front cover and then, if I re-read, I'll use a different color pen so I can use my books as a diary of sorts. Also, this writing in the margains, etc., helps when I'm doing my reviews to remember how the book impressed me throughout--not just how I was feeling at the end. [Obviously, this doesn't work for library books, so I've got to use my journal for those.]
How do you treat your books? Post your thoughts in the comments (or post your own response on your blog and link it up at the BTT meme).
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