I’m a spine breaker. I admit it. I buy a new book and the first thing I do is break the spine. I like my books to literally fall open to the page I was last at. I also like to read with the book folded over, like this:
That said, I can’t dog-ear pages. I literally can’t do it. If I can’t find a bookmark I’ll use anything to mark my spot – a receipt, a bobby-pin… anything! The idea of dog-earing a page is awful. But, the other night I was perfectly happy to let my bird nibble along the edge of my pages while I was reading.
I’m a complete and utter contradiction! How do you treat your books? Do you write in the margins? Break the spines? Spill food all over the pages? Or when you finish a book does it still look perfect? I love my books looking battered and well-loved 🙂