Are you a spine breaker? Or a dog-earer? Do you expect to keep your books in pristine condition even after you have read them? Does watching other readers bend the cover all the way round make you flinch or squeal in pain?
I used to be a HUGE dog-earer and occasional spine breaker. I’m much better about these things now, but I definitely do not keep my books in pristine condition. I throw them into purses and backpacks; use whatever I can find to hold them open so I can read while eating or knitting; take them into the bathtub. When I do all these things, I attempt to keep from harming the book. However, if some water gets on it, water gets on it and if the cover gets bent in my purse, so be it. For me it is not the book itself that is sacred, but the act of reading; my book is simply a tool to help me be able to read. Of course, I do want to preserve the book as well as possible so it can be my reading tool more than once, whether through re-reads or by swapping it for another book.
How do you read your books? Are you gentle, or do you just want to get down to the words, whatever that takes? Did you cringe in horror at any of my descriptions of what I do to my books?