The Reading Ape recently had a post about the "extra-reading activities" book lovers partake in. You should absolutely check out the post as well as the comments to see a glimpse into the insanity that is book lovers. Of course if you're reading this blog you are, at least somewhat, a book lover yourself and know the insanity all too well. I love this topic and wanted to share some of my ridiculousness with you.
I hate when books are dog-eared, covers folded over, spine cracked, pages written on, etc. I like my books to look as pristine as possible. I'm not sure why I care so much, but it's enough that I have certain people who are allowed to borrow my books. It's not that I think people are going to actively destroy my books out of spite but there are only certain friends I've told of my ridiculousness because I know it's silly. My one friend is amazing and he accidentally bent/tore the cover of one of my books and has gotten me a replacement copy. This is also my friend that got be a first folio copy of A Midsummer Night's Dream because he is an awesome book gift giver.
There are exceptions to my "no writing in books" rule. My college text books have all kinds of writing and highlighting in them. I like going through some of these text and I can tell if I had any idea what was going on by the amount of highlighting I did. Oh, the entire essay describing Russian formalists theory is highlighted? Clearly I thought "I have no idea what this means and what's important so I'll just highlight all of it and hope I've stumbled across the part I'll need to know about." I don't even mind if I buy a used book that has writing in it. I just won't do the writing myself, which is stupid because I like the idea of going back and seeing what I've written. I think one of those e-readers that lets you take margin notes and highlight things would be fantastic for me, at least in theory. I'm trying out both the Kindle app and the iBooks app on my iPod Touch and I've used the highlighting stuff minimally so far.
I also like my books in a series to match. I prefer them to be all the same style, publisher etc. My Vonnegut books all match, my Fforde books all look similar. My Bryson books don't match and for whatever reason that doesn't actually bother me. I think this just goes to show that even I don't understand my arbitrary rules. I have 2 sets that have given me a lot of grief.
This is really the tip of the iceberg. Perhaps I'll have a future entry with some other book insanity but I think this is enough for one day.