Hi! My name’s Lish, and I blog at Print Quest. I’m really excited to share this post with you and to have this opportunity. A big thank you to Victoria! I’d like this to be a conversation starter, so leave plenty of comments:) Now, on with the post.
I was introduced to the world of internet bookworms first through Pinterest, then Goodreads, then reading and starting my own blog, and most recently, Twitter. As I delved deeper into the online book community, I started noticing different preferences when it came to books. Physical over digital, hardcover over paperback and the like. One thing that stood out to me was how much people loved new, mint-condition books. No bent pages, or smudges, or cracked spines; a flawless edition. Me though? I like old, used, falling-apart, and dirty books. I like finding someone else’s notes, highlights, and forgotten sticky notes. When people leave papers, or letters, or grocery receipts in the books I read, it’s like an unexpected Easter egg. Don’t get me wrong, I love new books! But there’s something magical about an old book. When a book is beloved by many, it shows. I love the feeling of connection I get when reading used books. How many other hands have held this book? Who else has read these words, and what did they feel?
You can find used books at local book sales, garage sales, used bookstores, libraries, even Amazon! My favorite used book store is Ed’s Edition, so if you’re ever in South Carolina, stop by and see them! 2nd and Charles is another great store that sells used as well as new books. My library has a free table, in addition to books for sale. I pick up tons of books there! And while we’re talking about libraries, they’re another great resource for much-handled books. I’m a fairly cheap bookworm; consequently, most of my reads come from the library. Yeah, sometimes the pages are bent or even ripped. Most of the books have some level of damage inflicted upon them. I know that drives some people insane, and it does make me ache a little to see my babies marred. At the same time, this is a message: this book has been on a journey. It’s been in so many hands and hearts that the affection is now a visible mark.
That’s why I read used books.
Now, I want to know what you think. To you, does a damaged book detract from or add to a reading experience? Why? Let’s discuss!
Elisheva is a thinker, possibly a writer, and definitely a reader. She began her journey into the story world at age 3 and has never looked back. You can find more ramblings on the literary world on her blog, Print Quest (https://printquest.wordpress.com/). You can also tweet her at @Print_Quest.