but what does 'ruined' relate to when talking about books? is 'ruining' breaking the spine by accident, or highlighting a quote that means something to you? or is that just 'loving'. before the difference between 'ruining' and 'loving' my books was as huge as donald trump's wall he keeps talking about building, but now i'm not so sure.
i think studying english at college changed my perception, or maybe pinterest and all those aesthetically pleasing photos of highlighted and underlined books that are scattered around. whatever the reason my mindset changed (it had to - when analysing books, annotation was key) and now my hands itch to write all over my books and highlight them and mark them as a personal possession rather than as a distant inanimate object that i own.
flicking through books in a charity shop is always exciting because sometimes you'll find a book that has writing in it, or underlined paragraphs and you'll wonder why they were marked, what the reader was thinking when they did that - what the story behind this particular book is for them. so i think that's why i've changed my perception of treating books -i don't want mine to remind bland, i want to look back at them in years to come and be able to see the signs of a well-loved and well read book that has a whole message within it's pages of what it meant to me, and what i enjoyed about it. i don't just want to have a shelf full of books that still look brand new and untouched - because what's the fun in that.
what do you think? do you write/highlight in books? if yes, why? and if not, why?