Good morning! Do you enjoy considering questions that help you dig deep? Do you like sharing your thoughts about bookish topics? If so, Booking Through Thursday’s question today might spark your creativity.
All other things being equal–do you prefer used books? Or new books? (The physical specimen, that is, not the title.) Does your preference differentiate between a standard kind of used book, and a pristine, leather-bound copy?
I love new books! Glossy, unwrinkled, pristine ones. I like the way they look on my shelves, which is why I’m very careful when reading them. I use my bookmarks and don’t write in the pages.
However, it hasn’t always been this way. I used to subscribe to the “Velveteen Rabbit” school of thought on books and other beloved objects. The more used items were the most loved.
I have two very old books (from 1921) that belonged to my mother. As a child, I read them over and over. At one point, they were falling apart, and I took them to the library (where I was working at the time) and mended them.
In addition to these, I have other old books, and I treasure them. They remind me of a time and place—perhaps the moments when I was reading them—and they evoke nostalgia.
My exception to the “new” book preference also extends to library books. Obviously, many of those books are very old. When I pick one up, the scent reminds me of my first library experiences at the age of eight. Walking into that space and inhaling that special book aroma elicited all of my book love.
The other day, I was reading an old book from the library, one that I had requested so I could reread it after all these years. When I picked it up, opened its pages, and began to read, there it was! That magical library scent.
So that’s my story….I love all kinds of books, old and new, used and pristine. Each tells me something different and brings something unique to my life. What about you? What book aspects do you love best?