Saturday, December 11, 2004

Not Retreating

Okay, my mountain trip was canceled due to inclement weather. So, here I am on the computer.

So I was wondering, do you guys fold the corners down on your books to save your place? I would never do that on a book that's a loan or from the library, but I've been known to do it to my own books. I had a professor in college, who, despite being a mentor, which she really was, made me feel like an evil person for doing that, though I'm not sure what the big deal is when it's your own book.

When I borrow a book from someone else, I'm careful not to even bend the spine, though.

But anyway, I thought it was a funny question for a rainy day. To fold or not to fold? That is the question.

More later.

Thanks for reading,



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could never fold down a corner of a book, even my own. The few times I noted something special with a post-it, I am careful to not let the sticky part touch any of the letters/ink. Have been known to carefully underline something really important, or put an X in the margin for something unforgettable – in my own of course. Kathleen

10:49 AM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

Hi Kathleen, thanks for stopping in! Yeah, it's a particular habit people seem to have, whether to fold or not to fold. Yep, I will highlight and Post-It flag things I find important too -- in my own books of course!

Every once in a while there are those lines that you've just GOT to come back to.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Hebdomeros said...

I not only fold the corners, I write on the pages sometimes. Usually just little lines down the margins to mark passages I want to copy into my journal, but sometimes little thoughts as well. I see it as a sign of love, like an old doll or action figure you play with so much the head keeps popping off. I would never do it to a library book or something a friend loans me, though.

5:44 PM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

Yeah, when it comes to my own books, I almost like it when they get all beat up, as strange as that might sound. It does become some kind of well-loved object, that way. And you've made it yours, a part of your life, that way.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Matt A said...

Not to fold I say. But I regard books with an almost sacred aura. I actually read 74 of them last year, to include the Holy Bible cover to cover. Don't ask me why, because ti was there I guess.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Maktaaq said...

Um, bad me, library books but not mine. I know I should be flogged in the public square.

I have never before dog-eared a book or written in it or underlined anything in it (except for my own brand-new copy of Francis Bacon's my favourite quotes just last night in fact). I usually ripped up flyers into ragged bookmarks until I can sit down and copy out my favourite quotes into my journal. I have years of these journals somewhere in the house.

But recently I can think of two library books I've defaced. I should be flogged.

Yet, I am careful with spines too. I remember a friend asking to look into my first year uni poetry textbook and squishing the spine open...I was too shy and polite to yell at her for ruining a perfectly new $50 textbook.

Can you believe there are people out there who cut things out of books?

Or, in high school, when I was reading Ten Little Indians, some smart aleck wrote, in the middle of the book, just at it was getting interesting, that "X did it." Ruined Ten Little Indians for me.

Ok, still doesn't excuse me.

11:34 PM  
Blogger ~Melissa~ said...

I dont "doggy ear" my pages except on rare occasions but I commit a greater sin! I highlight.... well only in school books but i feel sorry if anyone gets the book after me because im a highlight queen! To me it is just big kid coloring! I dont like to fold my personal books though because I like to keep them as close to mint as possible so I can have a really good collection one day!

11:45 PM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

Wow, Matt, 74 books huh? That's wild. I have definitely not been that well read. And I have never read the Bible from cover to cover, that's for sure.

Maktaaq -- you are too funny! That's exactly how my professor made me feel -- like I needed to be flogged in the public square, even though they were my own books! Don't worry, your secret is safe with me! :)

Melissa, when I was in college I was definitely a menace with the highlighting pen. I found it enhanced learning/reading, especially a dry textbook -- if anything highlighting and taking notes kept me awake for some of that stuff. I'm not entirely sure my school would let us sell our textbooks back if they had been highlighted much, though. I think I kept a lot of my textbooks though.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Maktaaq said...

Hmm, I kept all my textbooks, even the boring ones. In fact, I also went to a university book sale where they had old textbooks for $1 each. Got me three anthropology ones and one for international marketing. Never know when they might come in useful.

About the dog-earing thing, I generally do really respect books. I think recently I have been under a bad cloud.

2:48 PM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

Oh, Maktaaq, I totally know. And I like the idea of well-loved dog-eared, spine-bent books. As for the dark cloud, tell me about it -- the dark cloud is in permanent residence above my head these days! I need to snap out of it, really.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Maktaaq said...

Sorry to hear about your black cloud. Something's up, because it's not just me & you, but whole legions of people in the world who are feeling nasty. Hopefully things will brighten up soon.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I fold corners on EVERYTHING! Well, not library books or those of others, but mine .... I write, fold, bend in half, in general I abuse the crap out of books. I try not to but sometimes you just gotta flag something that you will be too busy to later go back and deal with anyhow. Books are like clothes, I buy the best quality I can and then use them until they are threadbare and loved looking, like an old stuffed animal.

And you should see what I do to magazines.


8:45 PM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

Yeah, the black cloud is pretty prevalent, Maktaaq. We're all going to have to work hard to get passed it! Hopefully all this "holiday cheer" will help.

Yep, again, I do see the whole "well-loved" theme coming through from the tribe of the page folders! And as for the magazines... do tell!

1:56 AM  

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