Bought a new book at the bookstore the other day, got it home and was reading it, only to find a page towards the middle had been folded over as though someone had been reading it in the store and marked their place.
I hate when my books have dog-eared pages, have pages that are folded in half, or corners bent over even just a little bit. I have to flatten out the bent bits, and carefully close the book so it doesn’t happen again. Sometimes I put a heavier book on top to help flatten out the pages again.
I also cringe when I see people reading who have bent the book almost in half, so both covers are touching themselves. I saw an add the other day about readers, that had a couple reading in bed together. And both people had bent the books so the covers were touching. It mad me cringe and not even care what the article was about.
I’m also weird in that I can’t use a proper bookmark. I mean, I obviously can of course, I just hate doing so because when I take the bookmark out and pass the place in the book that used to have a bookmark? The book gapes a little bit and I can tell where I’ve had a bookmark in it previously. So I tend to do strange things like rip the corner off a receipt, envelope, or random bit of scrap paper and use that instead.
Those don’t end up taking enough room between book pages to make the book gape open, and thus don’t bother me. Apparently I have a little bit of OCD when it comes to my books. Not so much other things in my life, just the books. *laughs*
If I lend out a book to a friend, and get the book back with bent pages, or looking like it’s been thrown around a lot, or just not in the condition I lent it out in… that friend gets no more borrowing privileges from me. I even make my family take super good care of my books, or they don’t get to borrow them anymore either.
I’m not sure why I’m this critical about my books, it just really upsets me when I find one that hasn’t been well-taken care of.
That’s not to say that I don’t occasionally toss my books around. If I’m sitting at my computer, and want to put a book on my glider rocker for later reading, I will sometimes toss the book onto the seat. But the chair is padded, and I’m careful to make sure the book lands flat on one of the covers so nothing gets bent.
So what are your book pet peeves? Anything that you will refuse to lend a book out again because of? Do you fold your pages instead of using something as a bookmark? Strange OCD book quirks you’d like to share?