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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BOOKS+ KEEP THEM IN ORDER

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dihaan

12/9/20232 min read

All of us have wished that we were different, even if it was only once. For me, it’s how I used to treat my books as a child. I used to tear off the edges of every page and chew on them. It’s absolutely appalling and I only wish I’d treated them better now when all those books are gone to that great bookish heaven. I had the entire Harry Potter series, the entire Wimpy Kid series and most of the Dork Diaries series: now, all of them are coverless pages wasting away in bins or dark crevices. I’ve had to buy most of them over again.

I only wish to save you from the same terrible fate, dear reader. I only wish that you shouldn’t have to look from your wallet to the torn rags that are left of your books with tears in your eyes.

Was that too dramatic?

Yes, but here are my tips on how to keep your books in order.

1. No matter where you read your books, make sure you put them somewhere you can find them again. Maybe you’re reading books on your sofa: after you’re finished reading, put them on a table or a bookshelf where you’re sure you can find them again. Don’t scatter them on the floor in heaps or in the bathroom shelf where they’ll easily get wet or tear. No matter how cheap they are, you shouldn’t misplace your books and risk them.

2. Don’t dog-ear pages too hard. This is a bad habit I myself still have. Indulge in a bookmark or make one yourself, keep one on you on all times. Folding the corners of your book pages can permanently disfigure them, or weaken them so that they tear. Bookmarks are easy and fun to make, and even better to use.

3. Laminate the covers. Lamination doesn’t need to be profession; tape does the job. Just cover the edges of the cover- or the entire cover, if you’re feeling inspired. It hardens the covers a bit and also prevents tears.

4. Don’t scribble in your books. If you want to leave notes, write them in the margin. Highlight lightly, and underline without gashing through the pages. If you highlight too dark, the color will bleed through the pages and maybe tear them.

Taking care of your books is crucial for a reader.