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Subject: Does anybody else dog-ear their books?
Date Posted: 2/14/2008 8:04 PM ET
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As I'm reading a particularly good book, I find myself turning down the corners of memorable passages (very often the steamy ones) for later re-reading.  Later, if I can't find anything interesting to read before bed, I go back and re-read the best parts of some of my keepers.  My friend who believes all books must remain in pristine condition, is aghast at my cavalier treatment of my books.  Personally, I like them better that way.   If I pass one on, I usually turn up the corners again before doing so.   I should add that these are usually my keeper books.

Am I weird or does anyone else do this?



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Date Posted: 2/14/2008 8:09 PM ET
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I don't, but I like my books to be in as good a condition as they can be (meaning books I buy, or ones I get already in good condition). Most of my new books that I have read don't even look like they have been read lol

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 8:11 PM ET
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I'm a turner-downer too.  I turn down to mark my place.  I take my books in the tub with me too, so often I can't post or re-post a book, but I live in my books!

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 8:13 PM ET
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hmmm does that make us book abusers to you non-turner downers? 

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 8:13 PM ET
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I don't think you're weird at all.  I also dog-ear the pages on some of my books.  Usually the ones I am reading right before I go to sleep.  The only exception to that is my hardcover books.  For some reason, I don't bend those pages (maybe because they are usually thicker pages)  I tend to use the dust covers on those as book marks.

I also make sure that all my pages are straightened out before I send the book to anyone else. I know what you mean about some people being totally freaked out by dog-eared pages.  But IMHO it just shows that the book was well read and someone enjoyed it enough to want to keep track of certain pages.

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 8:16 PM ET
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No, I say in horror .  I'm way too anal retentive for that.  All pages must lie as flat as possible! Of course they don't have to be pristine, just FLAT.  I'm a big rereader so when I find a really good passage I draw a small circle around the page number.

I should also say that these are my keepers.  The ones that I handle.  If I really, really love a book I have a second copy in perfect condition stashed in a box.



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Date Posted: 2/14/2008 8:20 PM ET
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hmm the page circling would be another alternative, but takes too long to find the page IMHO. 

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 8:38 PM ET
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I can understand both sides of the argument.  On the one hand I have no problem with turned down pages.  On the other hand, I cringe when someone breaks the spine of a book, especially the first time it is read.  Just a little schizoid I guess ;p

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 8:45 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/14/2008 8:59 PM ET
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I'm ashamed to admit I used to dog-ear pages.  I don't anymore, but buying used books gave me a newfound respect for books in general and how I use them.  And *gasp* you bathing readers should be paddled with a soap on a rope!  For shame!  Might as well eat big old box of chocolate covered cherries while you're at it:P

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 9:09 PM ET
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Kim

I think someone with the nickname rubber ducky should have more respect for bathing readers.  And when is chocolate every a wrong choice, whether reading or not!!!   LOL

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 9:12 PM ET
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Oh that's fine, just blow your nose on War and Peace, why don't you?  I may faint.  <Puts hands over eyes and runs off screaming>...

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 9:20 PM ET
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Just for clarification.  I don't read in the bath, I don't crease the spine on my books, but I do turn down pages.  No one ever said bibliophiles were a sane bunch now did they :)  And Kim, I would never deface a classic like Tolstoy in such a manner thank you.  My momma taught me better than that LOL

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 9:22 PM ET
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I've gotten a hold of books I know they must have been eating chocolate while reading. I have ran into some books with sticky pages and crumbs falling out as I turn the pages..... i have dog earred in the past but don't anymore. I don't hold it against ppl who do. I have a bigger problem with the sticky pages. that does bug me

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 9:34 PM ET
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LOL - Y'all need to see me one time with oneof my little air filter masks on, sanding ugly spots off of pages...  I can't read a book with ugly spots.  You don't know where it's been.

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 9:37 PM ET
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I have never ever ever ever even considered turning down the page of a book.  It makes me cringe to just think about it.  I always always always use a bookmark.  I loooooooove bookmarks, I have a gazillion of them.

I do not circle page numbers either.  I can easily flip thru the book to find whatever I want to.

People that break the spine on their books at the first reading shouldn't be allowed to own books.

I guess I'm just very particular about my stuff.  I don't trust anyone'll take care of it like I do.

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 9:39 PM ET
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I think I do kind of cringe when I see bent down pages, and I hate broken spines lol but it might also be the OCD in me.

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 9:41 PM ET
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I don't mind bent down pages if it's a used book because I can carefully straighten them out again so they're nice and neat.  I wouldn't dream of doing it to a new book.

I think I tend to a bit of OCD myself, LOL.

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 10:26 PM ET
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Sometimes I bend the corners down on my books to hold my spot for the night, but for the most part I will grab a slip of paper or something to stick in my spot!

I don't know if anyone else has had the same problem I have, but I have had a few books that I kinda felt like were weaker than others?  I try to be gentle with the books I purchase, but a few I have gotten new the spines cracked as I was reading them and pages started to come out.  I don't post these, but it's irritating!

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 10:27 PM ET
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I think when I realized I had a problem was when I caught myself straightening the tables & boxes of books at my last library sale.  And never mind when I bring those books home.  I'm a week or two cleaning & repairing them.

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 11:28 PM ET
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I'm with the side that puts dog-earing in the "sinners" category.  I do occasionally fold down the page of a magazine that I consider disposable, but never a book.

That being said, I won't hold it against you personally. Everyone has their little traits that others don't suit others.  The fact that you are all book lovers - and romance readers - makes you "good folks" for me!

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 2:05 AM ET
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I used to dog-ear. I also read in the shower. (The horror! The horror!) What changed me was realizing that books can go out of print and be very hard to find, so I need to take care of them.

I still do save my crappiest falling-apart categories to read in the hot tub. I even read them in the rain sometimes. [blush]

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 7:33 AM ET
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I've never done that.  Can't stand it, as I think it ruins the page(s).  It really irks me when people do it to library books. 

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 7:35 AM ET
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Willa,

 

How in the world does one read in the shower?  Haven't figured that one out yet.

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 7:37 AM ET
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ok I guess Willa doesn't wear glasses LOL! :-) I'd love to read in the shower but my glasses would fog..I've read in the bathtub though and that was challenging enough!

ETA: just occurred to me that maybe they wouldnt' fog up in a cold shower....brrr



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