Thursday, November 15, 2007

Booking it With Preservatives

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy. ~Edward P. Morgan


Today’s question comes from Conspiracy-Girl:I’m still relatively new to this meme so I’m not sure if this has been asked yet, but I’m curious how many of us write notes in our books. Are you a Footprint Leaver or a Preservationist?

ACK!!! If it's not a school textbook I never, Never, NEVER write inside. I'm one of those freaky people who even try to keep from breaking the binding on my paperbacks. I don't dog-ear the pages (dear heavens, I feel faint at the thought of it). I have a definite book buying budget, and since I'd prefer to not have to rebuy books that I love, I treat them with deep respect.



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So... yesterday I took DD to the mall. She's in need of new pants (this is quite an ordeal that I won't get into, but suffice it to say we didn't find any to purchase). By the time I left however, I was about to smack someone -- forget road rage, I'm talking mall rage.

What is UP with those blasted vendors who rent carts in the middle of the concourse in the mall? Why, WHY do they feel the need to grab at me as I go past and slather various lotions or whatever on my hands. Why, WHY won't they take "no, thanks" or "I'm all set" or "I'm not interested" as an answer? Why do they keep talking and follow me halfway to the next corner???

If anyone from those little carts is reading this, I have one thing to say: Leave me alone. If I am interested in your product, I'll come look. I even bought something from one of you yesterday -- this person simply sat at her register, answered my question when I had one, and LEFT ME ALONE. Most of you, though? You're worse than telemarketers. You're worse that those little buzzy no-seeums that pester me all summer long. Worse than the tick I pulled of my dog last night. I wouldn't buy your product if I was dying a long, painful death and your product would give me immortal life.

It makes me want to never, ever go to the mall again. In fact, if the store had an outside entrance, I would never walk down the Concourse of Annoyance again. Truthfully, I will give it much thought before I return. I can't express to you how truly awful my entire experience was. I took to ducking inside stores and lurking a the window until I saw those people busy attacking someone else, and then running out as quickly as possible.



Your Brain is Green

Of all the brain types, yours has the most balance.
You are able to see all sides to most problems and are a good problem solver.
You need time to work out your thoughts, but you don't get stuck in bad thinking patterns.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about the future, philosophy, and relationships (both personal and intellectual).


gautami tripathy said...

When in school, we girls used to break the bindings of any romance we got hold of. That way we all could read the book passing on the pages. The last person it ended with had to rebind it.

Now, the very thought makes me sick!!

Ceri said...

And THAT is why I avoid the mall like it's a disease carrying rat. I hate hate hate the mall. Any mall. Give me a store like Walmart any day. Yes, I don't mind the department stores that are at the outer limits of the malls, but I don't ever feel the need to step inside those long, impossibly crowded concourses. Blah!

Oh, I used to be one of those people who'd turn down the corner of a page to mark my place. Now I use bind in cards from magazines. It's tragic for a binding to break. I started reading a Nora book and it immediately fell apart. Thank goodness I didn't pay any money for it, but now I can't really pass it along.

Im up to 22845 words!

GeraniumCat said...

Entirely with you on marking in books, Marianne, and turning down pages. And your mall rage reminds me why I never shop if I can help it.

CoversGirl said...

I'm another of those freaky people! Not only do I maintain my own books in pristine condition, I de-dogear and patch up library books, too.

Those mall carts irritate me, too, especially when some annoyingly upbeat salesman tries to make me laugh. Grr.

Alice Teh said...

I treat my books with deep respect too but I do 'converse' with them, that is I wrote my thoughts and record my feelings as I go through each one. Even though I leave marks, the books are as good as new down to the spines! They all 'wore' plastic protector sheets and I'm paranoid when it comes to handling them. Which is why I don't really like lending my books...

Happy BTT!

anno said...

oh, I dunno... a book with a stiff spine and stiff pages seems like a pair of boots that hasn't been broken in yet: they need personal interaction to make them mine.

I hate malls, though. Passionately. And maybe especially those mall carts.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

My day got away from me yesterday (S is leaving back for Germany tonight), so I couldn't dl the Christmas Curse yet, darn it!

And I echo Anno on malls.

And I don't jot notes in the margins, but I do dog ear pages. I'm bad that way.

Jaimie said...

I have a budget too and books are expensive. I do dog ear pages if I need to refer back to them but I take tiny ones and only if I do not have small post it notes available.

Brandy said...

I dog ear pages, but very small dog ears, barely noticeable dog ears! Promise! *g* I DO NOT mark in books, EVER. That just seems like a desecration of a book.

As for the Mall, I don't make eye contact and look away as you pass them. It seems to work for me. Of course if one does try to attract my attention I don't even stop as I walk past and say "No thanks". I'm polite and smile about it, but very firm.

And as for your quiz, I have a Blue Brain! Whoopie! *G* Something about being very mellow and introspective.

Have a fantastic day!

Literary Feline said...

I'm not quite so strict with my books, but I really do try and avoid writing in them when I can.

I find the car vendors in the mail very annoying too. Now that the holiday season is fast approaching they are even more aggressive than ever. As my luck always has it, when I am interested, no one seems to want to offer assistance, but when I am trying to quickly sneak by without notice, they can't help but try and reel me in.

Tori Lennox said...

I'm a Preservationist.

As for those people at the mall, I'm with you all the way. Them and the perfume people in the department stores. Leave. Me. The. Heck. Alone!!! Nine times out of ten I'm allergic to their damn product, anyway!

My Brain is Purple

Of all the brain types, yours is the most idealistic. You tend to think wild, amazing thoughts. Your dreams and fantasies are intense. Your thoughts are creative, inventive, and without boundaries.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking of fictional people and places - or a very different life for yourself.

Hey, that's actually pretty accurate! And I love purple!

bookinhand said...

We are a lot alike when it comes to the treatment of our books! Diane

DM said...

In libraries the chief problem with broken bindings comes from people flattening a book out to copy a page or from laying an open book face-down to save a place. I've noticed that many paperbacks and even some hardbacks break very easily and I blame that on shoddy printers.

You are much more conscience with your books than I am! You library must be wonderful.

Melissa said...

I'm a footprint leaver with my books. You can always tell when I've read a book. And dog ear pages, how else would you know where you're at if you didn't do that?

Dru said...

I don't mark in my book and I use to dog-ear favorite passages. Now I put a sticky note in the front with the page numbers. You can tell which ones I read more often by the wear and tear of it.

My brain is green.

I hate shopping at stores or malls. Why is is when you go to a department store, the main entrance is by the perfume section.