Hey thanks for letting me borrow your book Anon, I read enough so let's just bookmark this page...
>begin reading book at some coffee shop
>nothing to use as a bookmark, so I use a dollar bill while I get up to order something
>when I get back my dollar is gone and I lost my place
i do this on every book i have ever read
today i tries to erase some bullshit somebody had written on a page of a library book, i tore the page from the middle accidentally. it is readable though, at least they won't see any bullshit like i did.
I hate this shit. Its bullshit. I actively try and keep my books in perfect condition because I feel bad creasing them too hard somewhere or ruining them. Beating up a book doesn't just immediately mean you enjoyed it more or got more out of it, and it doesn't mean I didn't get anything out of it. A lot of books on my shelf look unread, and most people probably would assume I'm just some poser, but I'm not reading to prove to other people that I read.
Well then I hate your sad, antiseptic little habits. I also make notes in the margins and highlight frequently. You say you don't care if people recognize you read or not but you still wanted to make a statement about it so this is false modesty on your part.