Both! When I first buy a book, it's so nice and clean and fresh and it just smells so good. BUT THEN when I actually start reading a book, I hate keeping track of bookmarks and you know dog-ear(ing) books is so convenient. I'm too lazy to not dog-ear. The way I see it is that it's my book, I can do what I want. :D
I have a problem of not being able to stop reading- often times I fall asleep but I remember where I was. I just remember the page. But My loved books are left with bent spines, frayed edges and musty pages :)
I just remember the page number.
It just depends on the book. I usually dog ear reference books and text books more often, but I dog ear books that are worthy of the dog ear. When I dog ear fiction books, it isn't to hold my place. Instead I do it to mark my favorite parts and quotes. So if a fiction book doesn't have any dog ears, then that would mean it was "alright" but not memorable...I guess you could say that to not have dog ears is a direct insult to a book!
I hardcore mark and doggy ear my books. I know a lot of people think that's awful, but it's just one of those things that I have to do. I mean I understand why people like to keep their books in good shape or hate to mark the book, but the way I see it is, I only do that to the books that really touch me therefore marking it and stuff is sort of sign of how good the book was to me. Dog-earing it is just cause I lose bookmarks, but marking it up. Well, that's just cause I can't contain my feels for the book. I add notes to lines that touch me. I write what it meant to me, what I think it means, what I felt when I read it, etc. I highlight lines that make me laugh, cry, gasp... React strongly. When I write in a book, highlight it, underline words, whatever, I have made the book mine in my mind. I have put my own voice into it. I joined the conversation, so to speak, that the author was having with me. And you know, some people don't think that's a conversation to join so intensely, but that's just how I read. I can't help myself.
It is only my own books that I would ever dog-ear. I hate it when there are library books that are dog-eared. I do personally find it harder to find what page you are on with a dog-ear then a bookmark though.
that's a really good point.
is there anyone who sees this who actually prefers dog-earing and actually finds it easier to find the page that way?
well, for the longest time i dog-eared... but then my friend (sisterish) kept yelling at me. so, i resolved to only dog ear my own books. how can you find anything unless u put like a billion bookmarks in it... i like to be able to go back to quotes
Dang. I'm cringing at this entire topic. I don't dog-ear. I memorize the page number, read the book in one sitting, or use bookmarks if I want to do healthy things like sleep. This is mainly because I like to borrow books from libraries; a lot. Sometimes even borrowing the same book multiple times. Once, while reading a book from a library, a corner that had been dog-eared many times by other readers fell off while I was turning the page. I was panicked. I didn't dog-ear it, but I felt so guilty about it that I was afraid to return the book. I thought for sure there would be a fine, or my right to borrow would be revoked. It all ended well, but the experience stuck with me.
do you think you would feel differently if you owned significantly more of the books you('ve) read?