Mariel suggested this week’™s 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 have no objection to people doing what ever they like to their own books but I like to keep my books looking as new as possible, although these days it’s not always possible. Some paperback books are so tightly bound that you have to practically force them open to read the pages and sometimes I do admit that the spine may get just a little damaged when I bend the pages back. I hate to see books left open, spine upwards but I’m sad to say that I can be guilty of that too!
But I never, never dog-ear the pages – I cannot bear to see the corners of the pages folded down. Repairing books with sellotape is another terrible thing to do to a book, even worse than underlining in pen. Pencil underlining isn’t too bad and I have even underlined in pen in text books, but never, ever in a novel, even with a pencil.