The folded pages, turned
In corners where you paused,
The sweet inscription scrawled
On the title page
‘From Dave, with all my love,
I like to read the pencil notes
Scribbled in the margins
And I wonder what you thought
When you turned the final page.
I very rarely buy new books. I will normally either borrow from the library, or buy second hand from the charity shops. Some people like the feel of crisp new pages, but I prefer the knowledge that others have already enjoyed the journey I’m about to go on.
I’m reading a book from the library at the moment, and one of the people who have previously read it has dog eared the pages whenever they’ve closed the book. I know this is sacrilege for some people, but I love to know where people paused.
In fact, I love any clues I can find as to how people have experienced a book before me. I love to see notes in margins, and I love to know that it was gifted by a loved one from the inscription in the front.
The reading journey is so important, so leave a few breadcrumbs behind each time you read. There’s someone out there who will really appreciate it.