I stole the idea for today’s post from the lovely, Annnemieke, over at A Dance With Books: 5 things I can’t or won’t do, even though I love reading. And, as she says, while a lot of bookworms are hardcore readers, a few of us, well, we need our sleep! So, do you:
- Read in a moving vehicle — I have an inner ear problem and was car/plane/train/bus sick through-out my entire childhood. Anything that moved basically, and I’d toss my guts if I did anything other than stare at the horizon. So no, I cannot read in a moving vehicle, even now.
- Stay up past my bedtime — nope, never gonna happen, not then, not now, not every. Going to bed is sacrosanct for me, and I can get hissy if anyone messes—even slightly—with my bedtime ritual.
- Always have a book in my bag — yes, there was a time when I carried a book with me at all times. Especially when I was in the military, and there was a lot of dead-time to fill between moments of screaming anxiety. Not so much these days, as I work from home and, therefore, don’t need to constantly have a book in my back pocket.
- Judge people by their bookshelves — mine are kind of chaotic, disorganised, definitely not by colour/genre, or author. And I’m the only person that can find a book instantly from my own book shelf. So I never judge anyone else by how organised or disorganised they might be. My shelves give people nervous breakdowns!
- Get angry at dog-eared books — while I am the one anal person who keeps her own books like new, making sure that the spines are in perfect condition (for my hardback and first edition collections) I’m a little less annoying when it comes to cheap paperbacks, or, more to the point, secondhand/used/borrowed books, which all show wear and tear. And yes, I have a lot of ARCs that fairly ‘glow’ with underlined words and passages and covered in scribbles. I’ve also been known to write rude words and other commentary on blank pages.
And what about you, how do you treat your books?