Don't get me wrong, a book with history makes me as happy as a book that hasn't been touched, but when it's a book that I love and I'm sharing with you, I expect you to treat it with the same care I would.
Am I alone here? Are there others out there that share my frustration?
For those who are unsure what I mean, or are soon to be borrowing a friend's book, here are 6 handy tips to help you understand what NOT to do with books:
I get it, you want to pull the left hand pages behind the book for a one hand grip while you eat cookies and sip tea, but seriously, I don't want my books like that so don't do it.
When an avid reader buys a new book, they expect that they will forever look brand new. If it is an older book, leeway may be afforded regarding this point.
Or anything else crumbly for that matter. I don't need the crumbs of your munchies lodged in the spin of my favourite books.
Time for a snack? Great. Eat a snack. Just don't do it over my book.
You know what, even if this advice is ignored, at least remove the crumbs before turning the page.
Yes I know, you like to bookmark your page so you can get up and get your cookies, but I don't fold the corner of the page so I expect that you won't. There are maany things that can act as a bookmark. Your memory for example. It isn't hard to remember the chapter you are up to.
On that note, don't shove the book in your bag, spine up, and return a warped book a week later.
Speaking of bookmarks, a bookmark should be no thicker than a piece of card. Not another book.
Or your phone.
A receipt is a good option for a book mark. A ticket stub. A boarding pass. An envelope.
You get the point.
A clean table is great. Somewhere where there is no food prep. If I lend you a cookbook, sure, get food on the page, that is expected. It's supposed to be used in the kitchen. Novels however, do not belong on the kitchen bench, especially near the sink. I don't need to read about your cookie crumbs between the lines.
Books left on kitchen counters = books covered in dishes. A recipe for disaster.
Or place mats.
(See, they're all perfectly fine.)