Don’t you just love getting new books? The smell, feel and the pretty cover just make it so addicting. Of course, let’s not forget about the great writing that is in between that front and back cover! We all have our favorite authors and genres that we must have whenever shopping for books. But have you ever wondered how to carefully take care of those precious gems? Well, I am going to share with you a couple of things to keep in mind when it comes to keeping those books in wonderful condition!
The first thing that comes to my mind when reading the book is how to keep your place in the book. It saddens me when I get a book from a second hand store or even from the library and I notice all the pages with folded corners! Gasp! The horror that gives me! How dare some people do that to the precious pages that have that glorious writing on it! I urge, no I demand, that everyone who reads books, please invest in bookmarks! I don’t care if it is an old piece of mail or a tag cut off from a piece of new clothing. USE ONE! Nothing is more annoying and destructive to a book than folding corners on the pages. That poor tree gave its life for those pages darn it, respect the tree!
Yes, books need a place to sleep too. I recently quit crafting and decided to turn that area into a home library. If you take a look at my pictures on my blog, you will see I invested in some bookcases to house all those beauties! Now you don’t have to buy expensive shelves to do this. One of my shelves was from a product review for a company, one was passed down from my Grandmother, one was from the local thrift store, and one was purchased by my hubby at Walmart for $25.00! Trust me, this will be the best investment you can make for taking care of your books. I went a step further and alphabetized mine by author. This is not necessary, but organization helps a lot if you are a serious reader!
Now I can go on and on about more ways to take care of your books, but I am going to assume you know the basics now. Don’t use books as coaster’s for drinks. Don’t use them to prop open doors. Please, do not toss them around like paper. Books are a gift. They open new worlds for every person who picks it up. Take care of them and they will take care of the next reader.