Because of this deep love, I have a list of sins involving books that are absolutely unforgivable. Are you guilty of any of these?
9. Dogearing or Folding the Corners of Pages. This is the least of all my sins. While I personally find it to be a ridiculous thing to do (that's what bookmarks are for), it is also the sign of a well loved book. But still.....
8. Fake Books. Okay, this is a sin against books in a round about way. You know the fake books used in home decor? Well, to me, these empty things are a slap in the face to actual books. I mean really? Go to Goodwill and buy some real books for crying out loud! Maybe....just maybe, you might get inspired one day to.....I don't know, READ some of your home decor!
7. Using Books as A Booster Seat. This is an old one that you don't see that often anymore, but when it happens I am appalled! You wouldn't put your kids butt on top of someone's head, so why would you put it on top of someone's thoughts and opinions? I mean seriously! Isn't that what they print telephone books for?
6. Using A Book To Level Furniture. Really? If your furniture or floor is that crooked, you need a handyman, not a copy of Romeo and Juliet.
5. Writing In/On A Book. Why would anyone do this? I mean with Post-Its, notepads, and junk mail, why would you ever be short of something to write on? I mean, worse case scenario, write on your hand!
4. Removing the Dust Jacket. This one is a personal pet-peeve, but that jacket was put there for a reason. Don't remove it and don't tear it. It is part of the book, weather you agree with its usefulness or not.
3. Breaking the Spine. I get so angry when someone takes a paperback and folds it back and forth. Stop! Bent and creased spines eventually lead to pages falling out! Treat books gently.....
2. Tearing Out Pages. Again, you have notebooks and things for writing, no need to use a book as your personal scratch pad. Need to throw some gum away? Use a tissue! And for goodness sake, check the bathroom stall for paper before you sit down!
1. Throwing A Book Away. This one amazes me. To me, books are old friends that I return to again and again, so it's rare for me to part with a book, but if you do decide to get rid of a book, why not donate it so that it can find a new home or trade it in for a book you haven't read yet? Unless the book was damaged, why would you just throw a book away? It just seems so disrespectful to the author and all the other people that may have loved the book.
So, that's my list of unforgivable book abuse sins. Do you have any that you would like to add?