I treat my books like small endangered pandas, which means that I treat them with the utmost care.
If I lend you a book and you bend the corners, or scribble in the margins, break the spine, or heaven forbid if it comes back with coffee stains… then you’re on my black list. To help prevent these things from happening I’ve created the book borrowing commandments.
Thou shalt not dog ear my pages.
Thou shalt not highlight my words.
Thou shalt not take my book in rain.
Thou shalt not kill the binding.
Thou shalt not steal!
Thou shalt not leave food crumbs pressed into the pages.
Thou shalt remember the due date.
Thou shalt honour thy promise of no scribbles in the margin.
Do you have your own set of rules? What are your pet peeves about book care?