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    We Need To Talk About Beating Up Your Books

    In celebration of raggedy-ass books.

    There are a lot of beautiful, aesthetically pleasing pictures of books in pristine condition out there.

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    And people get very passionate about keeping their books in tip-top shape. I get that. But that does not have to be the only way.

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    Look, I'm not saying that I chop my books in half deliberately, like Meg Cabot did here.

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    Or, uh, at all. But you might! It might make it way easier to read in the pool, or your luggage might be too heavy and you REALLY, REALLY want to finish the book. And that might be OK!

    But it's COMPLETELY REASONABLE AND HUMAN to keep your books in less-than-pristine condition. In fact, we need to talk about how it can even be a sign of LOVE.

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    Some people cringe at the sight of a book with a cracked spine...

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    But sometimes it just means you've fallen so deep into the story that you literally stopped noticing the physical world.

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    Sure, there's a time and place to keep some books scratch-free and fit for display...

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    But there's something to be said for loving a book so much you throw it into every bag you have and carry it with you until it falls apart.

    Nothing makes me happier than seeing a HP book being read so heavily it's falling apart.

    If you're a person who gently beats up your books, you might recognize a warped cover as the sign of intense reading and love that it is.

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    Sometimes they're just old, and they've been loved for a long time.

    Grr! When yr re-reading your favourite trilogy & book 1 is falling apart! #thegirlwiththedragontattoo #steiglarsson

    And other times you just ride them hard from the start.

    It looks a little beat up lol but I would suggest this book to anyone

    Books are made to be ~experienced~. So experience them in the way that feels right to YOU.

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    Books are made to be loved. How we love our books depends on who we are as readers.

    Daughter:"What are you doing dad?" Me:"Looking at your beat up book." D (giggling) "No it's well loved." @jk_rowling

    Some of us just read HARD, OK????

    @spaceeflower @itssbee_ @jk_rowling my book is falling apart I had to do it I wanted something from the actual book

    Let us live. Our books sure did.


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