When I was young, I loved getting books as gifts. But what I love more now as an adult is looking back at those books and the inside cover. You see, when I used to receive books as gifts, in the cover the gift-giver would write a short message, or scrawl who it was from and the current year. But a few weeks back I was talking to a group of friends, they were horrified that me, as a book lover, would actually write in a book! They would never write in a book, to them it was like graffiti.
As the Christmas season approaches, I will be buying lots of books to give as gifts, whether it be to some kidlets I know, or to friends. And just like in previous years, I will be writing little messages in the cover. While I’m doing it, I’ll probably be having a little giggle at my friends who think I am a graffiti artist, defacing the covers on brand new books. The fact that in a few years time, the books may be read or shared with others, and they will know who it’s from makes me smile.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, are you some who writes in the covers, or do you too think that it’s a big no no?