Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!
Here’s my Musing Monday ramble for the week:
I was at a wonderfully large used bookstore awhile back with three bookloving friends. At the end of our visit, we were sitting together comparing the treasures we’d found. I was especially excited about finding a hardcover copy of Jim Bishop’s The Day Lincoln Was Shot. I have a fondness for this title because it’s the first adult nonfiction book I can remember reading—at the time, I still had my paperback copy which had been read so many times that it was held together with rubber bands. On this day I’d been lucky enough to find a hardback whose dustjacket was tattered and worn, but whose binding and pages were in great shape for a book that was probably thirty years old or more.
“Look at this!” I said to my friends. “I can just get rid of the dustjacket, and I’ll have a great hardcover copy of a book I love!”
One of my girlfriends immediately got a strange look on her face. “What do you mean—get rid of the dustjacket? What will you do with it?” she asked.
I didn’t even hesitate. “It’s in such bad shape—I’ll probably just throw it away. But the book itself is fine!”
“You mean you aren’t just going to keep the cover? Just to have it?” she asked in a quiet voice.
And at that moment, a whole conversation about bookish quirks was born!
If you’re a booklover, chances are you have at least one bookish quirk. And however odd it may seem to others, it’s part of what makes you the particular booklover and reader that you are. That day in that used bookstore, my friends and I launched into sharing our own bookish quirks and habits.
Hannah loves hardcover books, but never shelves them with their dustjackets. She carefully removes each cover and stores it in a special drawer. Her shelves are filled with jacketless hardbacks, but she keeps all the covers—whether they’re used or new, shabby or pristine–because she never knows when she might want to look at one of them.
Beth leaves the price stickers on all of her books—especially the expensive coffee-table type books that she finds on sale. She likes to be reminded of the bargains she’s found.
Maria carefully writes—lightly, in pencil—the date, the place, and the price she paid for each book on the back inside cover of every book she buys. She says it’s like having a little mini-diary to remind her where she was when she bought a particular book.
As for me—my bookish quirk involves how I shelve my books. Books at my house are arranged by theme. It would never occur to me to bring home a bag of books from the bookstore and just shelve them anywhere that there may be space. Nope—each book needs to be with other books of the same subject or genre. Sometimes that means moving books around—that’s OK. (I had my work cut out for me when I got home from that used bookstore that day!)
How about you? Do you share any of these, or do you have your own bookish quirk? It’s OK-we all have them! Please share!