Love for books is a lifelong commitment. It’s even more than that. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “In the highest civilization the book is still the highest delight.”
Writer Brittany Foster has created a very entertaining visual showing book lovers’ addiction in the form of 10 commandments.
I was thinking about how books influence my life, and I came up with some general rules that apply to my reading habits.
Every reader has her own set of commandments to follow. What are yours?
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The 10 Commandments for a Book Lover
- Thou shalt not start with any book in a series other than the first.
- Thou shalt not dog-ear pages, crack spines, or cause damage to jackets.
- When a character you love dies, thou shalt feel the wound in your deepest of hearts. (Especially if you are reading Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, Games of Thrones, etc.)
- Thou shalt defend thine favourite authors with vigour, even if they write a book after the one that you loved that isn’t quite as good.
- Thou shalt not, under any circumstance, prefer the movie to the book.
- Thou shalt have more book covered surfaces in thine residence than not.
- Thou shalt justify money spent on books by claiming that “books are never a waste of money, at least I’m not buying shoes”.
- Thou shalt do thine utmost to ensure that if you have a series, they are all the same type and have matching artwork.
- Thou shalt feel a pain in thine soul when deciding if you should let someone borrow one of your books.
- Thou shalt refuse to remove pages from books to start a fire, even if you are in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.
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