There are three kinds of book owners. The first has all the standard sets and best sellers—unread, untouched. (This deluded individual owns woodpulp and ink, not books.) The second has a great many books—a few of them read through, most of them dipped into, but all of them as clean and shiny as the day they were bought. (This person would probably like to make books his own, but is restrained by a false respect for their physical appearance.) The third has a few books or many—every one of them dogeared and dilapidated, shaken and loosened by continual use, marked and scribbled from front to back. (This man owns books.)
I love this quote.
My books have cracked spines. The pages are dogeared. My books are filled with receipts and old boarding passes as bookmarks. I re-read books, so it’s a trip down memory lane to see what I bought or where I had traveled to the last time I read the book. Some of my books have underlined quotes throughout. Some of my books have phone numbers scribbled on the inside front covers (like cab companies and restaurants). Few are unblemished.
I can’t imagine having a bookshelf full of untouched and unread books. I may be a perfectionist, but not where my books are concerned.