Often I come across people debating over the issue of marking lines in a book. Some are of the opinion that they never-ever do that for they do not want to spoil their treasured books. They want to keep their precious things intact – just the way they brought it home. Then there are others who say that, if they liked some lines/quotes in a book which they want to come back for re-read, why not? Tough debate, eh?
As for me, I can say that I have evolved as a reader. Earlier in my school days I used to dog-ear pages of books instead of using a bookmark. I also highlighted lines I loved with colourful pens. I remember one of my sister’s friends had this habit of writing short reviews of the book in the last page. And I quite liked the idea back then. 🙂
Coming back to the present, I don’t dog ear my precious treasures but use bookmarks to mark my current page. And in the process have evolved this love for collecting pretty bookmarks. I preserve anything that I come across that can be used as one. All I do now is scribbling my name & date of reading the book in the first page. Every now & then when I come across some lines which make me pause & think for a moment, I make it a point to mark them, but with pencil ( I feel sad when I see my old books all filled with coloured markings 😦 ). That is the least damage I want to do to my book. For me, this helps me to find the specific lines whenever I come back for re-read or inspiration from the book or even to re-live the joy or emotions I felt while reading it. Also, I like my book to be worn-out – a sign that they been read & re-read & loved. The yellowed pages with my markings are a way to remember that they have grown old with me. 🙂
I am not much of a 2nd hand book buying person. But sometimes if I find myself in such a store & find a good back I buy it. And going through the pages if I find some writing from the previous owner I feel joy inside – maybe I feel a connection, after all we both like something similar. I love when there are some random lines underlined that wouldn’t have struck me as special, except that it clearly struck someone else as being the best thing on the page. 🙂
So friends, what do you do to your books – preserve them the way they are or put in a part of you inside it?
Linking this post to MARK-UPS (Booking Through Thursday – 3 April, 2014). Today’s question is – Do you write in your books? Highlight? Make notes? Or do you like to keep your copies as pristine as possible?