...I like to look after my books and to me, keeping them in good condition is a sign of my love...
...But for some people, a broken spine and dog-eared pages are the sign that a book is loved. It shows that they are read... I must admit, I do not understand this...!
You may ask what brought this post about, I'll tell you. A friend of mine saw my books recently and commented that they all looked unread. She remarked that they were as pristine as if they had only just been bought. I told her that for me, that is a compliment.
She said that she must admit all her spines are broken and said that to her, that was a sign she loves them because it shows she's read them over and over.
I will admit, when I read a book, I have it open only enough that I can see the words on the page. I make a conscious effort not to exert any pressure so that I leave no marks behind.
*Plus* I only buy NEW books unless it's a hardback. I can cope with a used hardback. But paperback? No way! I can't guarantee the quality I'm getting so would rather pay more for new.
As for lending books to people? No way jose!! Why not? Well I can't vouch for how other people look after their books, so I don't lend them out. Simple! :)
...So it is with this in mind that I am asking you for your honest opinion. Is spine damage a sign of a loved book, or is it a sign of caring little about them?
I am honestly interested in what you guys think and would be grateful if you would comment below and tell us your opinion and why...