Quirks. Habits. Rituals.
Call them what you wish – but when a new book comes into my possession I have a tendency to do one of (or all) three things:
I was gifted a personalized library stamp by one of my favorite people in the world – and now, I’m frantic to get home and MARK MY TERRITORY.
No, but really. I love the pretty handwritten font and it makes me happy to leave my little mark on a piece of literary existence.
I flag the hell outta my books.
Fiction. Nonfiction. Recipe books. Doesn’t matter because I’m an equal-opportunity flagger. If I notice something I like, something that gives me chills or pisses me off or makes me sigh with euphoria = FLAG. There is something super pleasing about finishing a book and seeing all those little neon markers and knowing I truly digested that book.
Sometimes, for fun, I turn them all around on a shelf with flags facing out, I break open a bottle of wine, and just stare at them – because we all have our kinks.
I have a cliché “99 Books You Must Read Before You Die” list on the fridge. And you betchur butt I mark them off proudly.
It makes for a good conversation piece but mainly it’s because none of my artwork is as good as the kids’ so I have to lay claim to my fame.
Tell me about YOUR bookish quirks. Do you dog ear? Do you use book sleeves obsessively? Do you only buy series if they’re all in hardback?
-B + the boys