I get my bookish ways from my Mother, who is also a fierce book worm; and my love for learning definitely comes from her too. I will never forget something that happened while I was studying for a test during high school… She walked in on me reading, and I had highlighted a sentence that was really important to me. I received a swift smack on the hand for my destruction of property even though the book was mine – I was shocked more than anything else because I figured my days of getting wacked on the hand were over! That moment changed me forever. I learned to respect books and to value the information written inside them. I learned to hold it in high regard and to treat it as if you would a new car, or a diamond ring – would you highlight your bad ass muscle car with a neon pink marker to draw attention to its best features? No? Well then I think I made my point… Since then, I have always been aware of how I handle my reading material; so I guess I should be thanking my Mum for the life lesson. These are some of my biggest bookish pet peeves:
FOLDING THE PAGE CORNERS INSTEAD OF USING A BOOKMARK: Oh, the horror of opening a book with folded corners! You will never get that crease out no matter how hard you try! And from that moment on every single person who uses that book after you, will know that some genius had no idea how to use a book mark! Congratulations! You’re the reason there are instructions at the back of shampoo bottles.
WRITING IN A BOOK: When I was studying I made good use of second hand books because textbooks are terribly expensive. While I enjoyed the idea that using a ‘pre-owned’ book was all kinds of good for the environment; it was super annoying to me when I found notes written in pen or highlighted sentences left behind by the previous owner. It is so permanent and UGLY!
BENDING THE BOOK, COVER TO COVER: Not only does this little act damage the book spine, but it bends the pages and cover too. As an avid reader, I am always aware that I am in the possession of someone’s intellectual property, so I handle it with care. And giving a book a 360 degree splits is no proper way to handle it!
TOSSING A BOOK IN YOUR BAG ALONG WITH YOUR OTHER CRAP: You won’t throw your keys and cell-phone in the same compartment, would you? Of course not, it would leave your screen looking like it was in a mini battle with Wolverine! The beautiful, yet some times very scary, thing about a book is that it tells the reader EXACTLY where it has travelled. Scratched covers, torn pages, stains and spills are all indications that the reader wasn’t handling the book with the proper care that it deserves. In other words they just plain and simply have no regard for looking after things.
What are some of your bookish pet peeves?