This part discusses how we take care of books and how it shows that we love them.
Why pay a dollar for a bookmark? Why
not use the dollar for a bookmark?
~ Fred Stoller ~
am what you might call a book-abuser.
When I read a book, it looks like it’s been read. It has creases on its binding, folded and
ripped pages, stains from whatever I was eating or drinking at the time, and in
some cases duct tape where a cover or binding should be. It gets thrown into whatever bag I am
carrying, slept on, and held open upside down for hours. It also gets used for storing things. I constantly find money, tickets, receipts,
and notes in books that I read years ago.
My husband is the opposite. He
likes his books to look clean and new.
When he was reading the sixth Harry Potter paperback, he actually
managed to never open the book all the way in order not to get any creases on
the binding (of course, when I read it, I broke it in properly). When I bend a book too far, or place it open
on a table, he makes a screaming noise like the book is hurting. He actually hesitates letting me read one of
think we represent two different types of readers. He thinks books should be loved and taken
care of. I think they should be loved
and read. What good is a book that looks
as if no one has ever read it? That book
does not look loved to me. But to him,
the care he takes in keeping it looking new shows how much he cherishes the
book. He says that my books look like
orphans. But I think they look like many
people love them and read them all the time.
As long as you can still read the words, I think the state of the book
disagree about how to show respect for our books, but we do agree that they
deserve some respect. People show that
they love others in different ways. Some
do it by giving expensive gifts, others might do it by planning romantic
dinners, and other might do it by just listening to their loved one when they
need someone to talk to. The same
applies to books. We love our books
differently, but we still love them, and that is what matters. To all readers, books are a thing to be
cherished and adored however you choose.
Simply having something to love and cherish makes your life fuller and
happier. In this way, owning books can
easily fit into the idea of a good life.