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Go buy your own book and deface it!

A week ago, I went to the library to return some books and also to lodge a complaint.

I told the librarian in charge that the book titled Outlier by Malcolm Gladwell was defaced with ink smudges and highlight dots. Whenever the past reader decided that he likes one of the statements, he will put a big black dot at the beginning of a sentence or a pair of small brackets for his favourite paragraph.

I am the second reader, so it would be easy to track the first one who borrowed the book. The librarian said she will put a note on the borrower’s profile. That much they can do, because they don’t have the evidence that the borrower himself / herself actually done it, it might be his / her friends or family members who had done it. I am not sure  if I conceded with the logic, but I have made my point.

The book is a public book. It is hardback and costs RRP at £16.99. It outraged me to know there is somebody out there who had the nerve to write or dot or highlight passages in a public book. Someone who reads non-fictions. Someone who is probably educated and not so considerate. The smudged and highlighted pages are not less than 5 pages, but 60 pages!!! (60 pages out of 299 pages – 20%. One dot a page is qualified as a defacement).

To be honest, I like to read a friend’s (or someone I know) book with highlights because that allows me to take a peep at what concepts or statements mattered to my friend’s, indirectly getting to know that person a little better. But a public library book??!! That is going a bit too far.

If you think a passage in a public library book is worth using a pen (I can forgive if someone were to use a pencil) to note and highlight it, why not buy yourself a copy and do it at your whims?

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About JoV

A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.

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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Mockingjay
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City


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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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