When it comes to my books, the books that I treasure, I want them in great condition. Especially when it comes to the outside. But as I was thinking about it, not all marks (those that weren’t there when they were printed) are negative. Some markings on the books we inflict on them ourselves. And others are inflicted by others. Sometimes they let us relive memories or remember how you got a book.
1 Bend Spines, and Wear and Tear
I go back and forth on hating and not minding this category. At the moment I don’t mind bend spines as much (unless it is for taking pictures) but in the past I really disliked seeing bend spines. These days I realize how hard it is to love and reread books and keep them in pristine condition, especially mass market paperbacks. As for wear and tear, these bother me a bit more. When you take a book along with you in the bag it is hard not to have a corner of the cover bend. I once had half of my spine bend. My poor The Darkest Minds books. I hate these kinds of things because they are my own fault so I end up beating myself up over it.
2 Dirt and Stains
Aaaah, when you eat and drink while reading, and you spill something on your book.
3 Animal Marks (or for some Kid Marks)
This one I hate. It is the torture of having pets as a book lover. For some reason mostly dogs and cats seem to have a draw towards books. My cat once made holes in the cover of my copy of Ptolemy’s Gate. (And obviously I had to buy another edition) Sometimes they also like to munch on your book pages or jump on the shelves and throw all the books off.
4 Stickers on Covers
These days a lot of covers have stickers on them. Sometimes for sale, others to say they won an award. These stickers are so hard to get off. There are some tutorials to help you get them off, but quite frankly, those don’t always work. And then there are those that look like stickers but actually are apart of the cover, ruining the main image of the cover. Why must they do this?
5 Dog-Earing Pages
This one is a big discussion point between book lovers. Actually there are some that get angry at those that dog-ear their own books. While I don’t do it myself anymore, I feel like others are completely within their right to dog-ear books that they own. Unless it is a library book we should not judge people.
So many people judge others for marking their books in some way, but get excited when an author signs their book. Autographs are marks too, you know. But I’ve never heard people that don’t like to get their books autographed, though I’m sure there are some out there. The autograph is a memory from meeting the author or a sign how you feel about an author. It’s also makes it a bit of a collectors item.
7 Messages Written in Books that Are Gifted to You
I’ve noticed some people don’t like it when people gift them books with a small note written on the inside. I don’t mind this unless it is through the text or an illustration. For me it signifies a memory and a bond you had with this person.
8 Highlighting and Writing in the Book
Some people like to do this. Personally I prefer using post-its to mark something. But seeing these travelling books that have highlights and writing in the sides, it is tempting. It has to be fun to read the book and see others ideas and responses nearby like that. I still don’t think I’d ever do it to one of my own books though.
So how do you guys feel about some of these marks on your books? Are there any more marks than the ones I mentioned? Which ones do you hate and which ones do you do?