As people who spend most of their time with the company of their books, I’m sure they would have a lot to say about who we are. We’re not as perfect as we think we are and I’m sure our little friends would have lots of stories to share—Where did we lose him? What beverage/food did we spill on her, ruining her pages forever? What little habits have we picked up over the years that annoys them? Which friend does he wish you’d never lend him to? Which book resents you for the way you’ve read her once and forgotten about her in the corner? Which book are all the other books jealous of because he has your attention the most?
Oh, if only books could talk.
But we can talk. And we can think. About how we treat our books, what our bookish quirks are.
And so I’m interested. What are your bookish secrets and habits that your books would tell?
Sadly, I think my books could write a book on all my dealings with them, good and bad. But I’ll fess up for you all because I want you to fess up to me too!
Secret #1: I’ve lent books out and have never been given them back.
Those poor books whose friends they’ll never see again. So often in high school I’d lend out a book to my friend on the condition that they’ll give it back…but nope. And I was too chicken to keep pestering them about it. I lost my Twilight book this way in grade 11, and I’m pretty sure New Moon resented me for it.
Secret #2: I hold books weird.
This might seem strange to you all, but I don’t hold my books normally. I just can’t. Instead I do this…
See what I mean? So weird. And when my hands get sweaty (gross, I know), my fingers ripple the pages of the book. But the pages feel so much more secure in my hands when I hold it this way! And it’s gotten to the point where I can’t even relax until my fingers are in their proper spots, otherwise I just get all twitchy. And it’s not just my books I do this to. It’s every book—school textbooks, the phone book, the IKEA catalogue… I’m a strange duck.
Secret #3: I’ve lost two of my well-loved books.
When I moved from my parents’ house to my own condo in July, I packed up all my books and reshelved them in my new room. But while I was doing this, I realized I’ve somehow lost two books somewhere. It’s not at my parents’ home. It’s not in my home. And they’re two books I haven’t read since high school: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen and Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares. It’s heartbreaking because I honestly don’t know where else to look for them. And now my Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants collection is incomplete. And I hate the new redesigns of Dessen’s books, meaning I’ll have to go out of my way to find the old book cover. Those are two books I need to get again but my family will just roll their eyes and say I can’t replace everything I lose (although I do try).
Secret #4: I can’t read while listening to music.
I can read in the middle of Disneyland, in a crowded C-Train, at school or at home with plenty of distractions. But if music is on while I read, I know reading won’t be happening. I know lots of people need silence while reading, but I don’t. In fact, I like noise. I just don’t like music in the background. And I don’t know why that is.
Secret #5: I detest price stickers or “Heather’s Pick” stickers on the front of my books.
I’m sorry, yes I know I have to pay for this book and yes I know Heather (CEO of Chapters/Indigo) liked this book, but no I do not want to see it all on the front cover. Because it looks terrible and if I take it off it leaves that gross sticky residue. It’s a lose/lose situation for me and I will go out of my way to find a book that’s free of stickers just to make me happy.
So yes, those are five of my own reading quirks. They may sound alien to you or you might totally be able to relate with me. (And if you can relate to my book-holding quirk, props to you. We’re soulmates.) But now I want to know what YOUR bookish quirks are? What secrets would your books tell?