How to Love a Book

Booklovers love books. It’s a given. (Otherwise, they would be called something else.) The funny thing about us is that we love some books more than others. πŸ˜‰ Here’s how you can love a book of your own!

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  1. Get a paperback copy. You know a book is something special when it makes it past the experimental I-got-this-on-a-Kindle-deal stage to must-have-it-in-paperback-now. I’m currently in the process of choosing which books I’ve loved enough that I should buy them in paperback. πŸ˜‰
  2. Reread it at least once. (And all your favorite scenes whenever you’re in the mood.) Favorite books are like old friends–you’re always happy to see them! And if you’ve expertly creased the pages, it will always open to the best bits. Basically the ideal book. πŸ˜€
  3. Bend the cover (accidentally, of course). I was probably reading it as I walked somewhere, carrying it to loan to a friend, or rearranging my bookshelf when I last bent one. Well-loved books always show a few small signs of use. πŸ˜‰
  4. Cry on the pages. Enough said. *sniffs*
  5. Underline favorite passages to love and quote later. I try my best to keep my books in mint condition; but when I bought a used copy of The Book Thief last year (since it was going to be edited with whiteout anyway), I realized that it would be perfectly all right to underline in this copy. Underlining is such a fun way to tuck a book into the corners of your heart! (Especially with this book. I’m planning to draw in it on my upcoming re-read.)
  6. Leave a review.Β Not only does it sort of thank the author for their work, but it also spreads the word about the treasure you discovered. (And it’s really fun to collect your thoughts about what you liked.) πŸ˜‰
  7. Loan it to a friend or read it aloud to a sibling. Because good things must be shared! ❀

So now that you know exactly how to love a book, go curl up with a paper wonder of your own. I’d love to hear what you decide to read!

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15 thoughts on “How to Love a Book

  1. These are great ideas!! We really don’t value the gift of books enough; treasuring them is a good thing!! Something I am doing right now is starting a list of book I want in my “future shelf” to either buy now for when I’m married, or to get then.

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    1. It’s funny, but every time I read dystopian or sci-fi where books are banned or obsolete, it
      makes me more grateful for the ones I have. Oh, that’s a great idea! I’ve collected a few already. πŸ˜‰

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  2. That was a wonderful post, Kate! πŸ˜€ I love and heartily agree with the part about re-reading all or parts of books! That’s me. There are some books that I know sections of almost by heart. ❀
    And it's not that much fun to try and share a book on kindle. If you love a book, paperback is the way to go, both for re-reading yourself, and to loan to friends.
    But I don't underline! My mom copies quotes she likes from books into a spiral notebook. But me, . . . well, I just read the book again. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! Aw, that’s so fun! I love all the books my siblings and I can practically speak in because we’ve memorized them so much. πŸ˜‰ Do you ever go to dust or organize your bookshelves and end up reading? πŸ˜€

      Definitely! I’ve had issues with loaning Kindle books before, and it’s definitely much more fun to have paperbacks to share. πŸ˜‰

      πŸ˜€ That’s great! I usually just write the quotes down or repeat them to my whole family until I have them absolutely stuck in my head. πŸ˜‰

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  3. You better not tell me to organize the bookshelf! Last time that happened, I was on the floor surrounded my BOOKS! One in my hand another one I wanted to read on my lap! πŸ˜‰

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