I find that when it comes to books, there are two types of people: there are the book collectors who like to keep their pages clean, and there are the readers who like to mark up their pages. I am one of the latter.
I’m not biased one way or the other. I don’t hate on people who want to keep their books perfect; I get that. But I’m the kind of person who just likes to write things in the margins. I make notes. I highlight portions that I find particularly witty, funny, or philosophical.
A lot of people, even the marker-uppers, will disagree with me, but I love bending my spines. I love seeing those creases and saying, “Yes, I read that far into the book”. It’s making my mark on the novel, proving it’s my own. But again, it does ruin the spine and if you choose to read it multiple times, you’ll probably end up splitting your prized novel in two halves. I tend to not re-read my books, so I don’t mind so much.
I also love having people write in my books. I want to go through and write my name on the inside of each book. If the book was given to me by someone, I’d love for them to make their mark and sign the inside cover.
So I clearly like to personalize my books, no matter what damage it may cause. Though I completely understand why others disagree and try to keep their own books in mint condition.
Do you keep your books unmarked, or do you personalize?