“Thoughtful Ramblings” is a feature where we discuss bookish subjects. These posts are just our own thoughts about certain topics that may get us hot under the collar and we need a good rant or just things we want to share with fellow bloggers and readers.
Book Borrowing Etiquette and the Hidden Dangers!
If you’re like me, you’ll probably agree that books are beautiful, beautiful things. You may even have some on your bookshelves that you’re not ‘allowed’ to read. Maybe an author signed copy or a special edition, like my lovely leather bound omnibus of Jane Austen’s novels, which I only allow myself to carefully flick through.
But, if you love books there’s also the joy of lending a book to someone that you just know they’ll love. Waiting in anticipation for them to reach the end so you can talk to them about it.
But book lending also comes with hidden dangers….!
Yes I’m speaking of book damage! You know the terrible injuries your books can endure at the hands of another!
I’m sure you all know the horrors of which I speak:
- Folded page corners – because they couldn’t find a bookmark *shudder*
- Creased pages that got neglected and crumpled in a bag *wimper*
- Ripped pages *frantically looks for Sellotape*
- Pages coming away from the spine – the injury from which there is no return, the book is ready for book recycling heaven *sob*
- Writing – the only person allowed to makes notes on a book, surely is the book’s owner? *gets out eraser*
- Or… spilt drink or liquid on your book leaving it looking like some sort of forlorn xylophone *weeps*
- My worst injury to date, orange juice, yes orange juice spilt all over those lovely crisp pages! Changing them to an interesting day-glo colour.
I do love sharing and swapping books with others and this is one of the downsides I have found of ereaders. But it never fails to frustrate me when books come back in a very sad condition.
I don’t think all books should remain immaculate, there is something lovely about a well cared for, but obviously well read book. I did an English degree and my edition of ‘Wuthering Heights’s is filled with lots of careful (in pencil only) notes, which I enjoy re-reading to see what I was thinking & studying at the time. Books are meant to be read and loved, but respected too!
So how about you, what’s your worst book injury? Do you refuse to lend books to people for this reason? Or do you think I’m being far too precious about a simple book?