There Are Two Kinds of People…

My sister sent me this cartoon the other day, she thought it was perfect for me. It was. πŸ™‚ It resonates and makes me laugh, because it’s literally the exact way I’d put it, if I had to.

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I may or may not have been guilty of doing this to a few books as a child, but, until a few months ago, I hadn’t actually seen anyone do this to a book in years. I can’t remember exactly where I saw it, if it was in-person or on the internet. I just remember feeling a jolt and shudder of shock and horror, then disappointment in the owner and terribly sorry for the book! πŸ™‚ Haha.

I understand why people might want to dog-ear a book, i.e., you have a few places you want to keep track of and you want to find them easily (I often end up using two or three bookmarks in one book). Still, once dog-eared, always dog-eared. Books that are well-read and loved naturally get well-worn and dog-eared, but there’s no need to deliberately speed up the process. 😦 If you want your book to have a long and happy and healthy life, it’s really in your best interest to find a slip of paper to use instead (I even use tissue and napkins when I have nothing else on hand), or buy or make a bookmark, or buy a pack of sticky-note-flags. Your books will thank you and will last longer too. πŸ™‚

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3 responses to “There Are Two Kinds of People…”

  1. themusingidealist says :

    I’m a strange breed. I completely agree with you about damaging books. My books must remain pristine but I must also underline and annotate in them or I don’t feel right. 😢 It’s a weird combination. I can’t read without a pencil in-hand.

    • Meg says :

      Haha. Thanks for your comment! πŸ™‚

      I’m exactly the same way. I do my best to keep my books in pristine condition, but I also I underline, draw stars and squiggly lines (on the sides of paragraphs), and annotate. I think it’s the best way to personalize a book, keep track of your thoughts and absorb what you read. I have mechanical pencils in all my bags. Often, if I don’t have a pen in-hand, I’ll put off reading a book.

      But always a pencil never a pen.

      I don’t like the idea of deliberately doing something that might permanently damage the book or that I could never undo. Also, there are certain books that I wouldn’t mark or that I find myself conflicted about marking (i.e. really beautiful and old books), but they are the exception rather than the rule. πŸ™‚

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