I have just rearranged my bookshelves, trying to put my books in some kind of order. It didn’t work though… It never does cos I keep adding to the hoard! T actually told me not to bother because I was “defying the laws of physics”… I don’t know what he means by that, honest!
Anyway, one of the things I noticed was how neat my books actually are. Very few of the covers are dog-eared or anything but I don’t actually keep them in good nick, I eat over them, I fold down the corners to keep my page (I know I should stop that!) and I even let my pet girlies come over and nibble on the pages while I’m reading (usually cos I’m that immersed in the book I don’t notice what they are doing!) but still my books don’t look that bad!
I know people who won’t bend the spines of books cos they don’t want their books to look used… I don’t get that. I’m one of those people who needs a book to look read, and loved after it’s been read. For me there is a perfect balance between untouched and just plain messy, the spine is broken, with a few creases but very rarely coming away from the book completely. The only book I own in which the spine is coming away is the first Harry Potter… and we can always forgive Harry!
What’s your post-reading book state preference?