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I want to share you guys some personal bookworm habits. These are the things that I do or don’t do when it comes to one my prized possessions: books.

  • I DO: cover books with plastics.

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The Eternal Ones duology. You can clearly see the plastic cover.

Yes, each one of my books has plastic cover (except manga since there are waaaay too many of them when we decided to cover ‘em. Plus for some strange reasons they can withstand dirt and shelf wear much better than books. How? I really don’t know.)

  • I DO NOT: like hardbacks.

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The book in the photo above is an exemption since I got it for a very, very reasonable price.

I despise book jacket and that’s about it.

  • I DO: like my books in uniformed size.

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While I did like the new design for Shatter Me, I didn’t like they aren’t the same size.

It pisses me when publisher do some design overhaul in the middle of the series. I mean, I already have it and then they’re going to change it? Like that?! I mean the design, fine, but even the size, ugh, it really boils my blood. I hate disorganization on the shelf.

  • I DO NOT: put sticky notes on my books.

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Those aren’t sticky notes, they are cutout colored papers for visual presentation.

I saw this plenty of times on Instagram. They put sticky notes on pages of the books which I think are passages that they loved. I don’t do that. This may sound rather cocky (but just being honest) but once I love something may it be a quote or a scene I can memorize where it is immediately. So a reminder such as sticky notes is not necessary for me. And ultimately, I just don’t want anything sticky on the pages of my book. (OCD, ok?)

  • I DO: rarely need bookmarks.

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My bookmark is cute. It’s Pucca, one of my faves, sadly I rarely use it.

I’m also one of those readers who read faster on digital formats than print. And the convenience of it is you can continue where you stop without hassling the pages. But when I read a book (print) I make sure I have lots of free time for it. As much as possible I want to read it on one sitting, halting every now and then kind of distract the pacing of the story for me.

  • I DO NOT: (if possible) lend books.

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Someone: Can I borrow? Me: *sweats a lot* *try to evade the question*

Is it bad of me that I don’t like the idea of lending books? I’m badly burnt by this before that it scar me for life. When I borrow books I make sure to return it on time and without any blemishes. I take good care of other’s belongings. But not all people do the same gesture. One time my sister let her classmate borrow my copy of The Hunger Games.  She only returned it after one year! One year?! Glad it came back in good condition. I’m happy and somewhat relieved.

  • I DO: need both e-book and print copies of my favorite books.


There’s no such thing as too many when it comes to my favorites.

Since I’m very OCD when it comes to my books as much possible I don’t want to bring them anywhere that can potentially damage it. I want it accessible as well and y’all know we can’t carry all of ‘em at once. Yep, that’s another reason but mostly the potential damage that scares me. I’m strict crazy mother hen to my book babies. LMAO

So how about you what’s your weird bookworm habits? Do you also share some of mine? Don’t hesitate to tell me!   @.@ :heh: :3

2013 / 11 / 27

11 Responses to Special: Mitchii’s Do’s & Don’t’s

  1. I don’t lend my books to other people either, but it’s also not a problem since no one wants to borrow them. I’m surrounded by non-readers. I also don’t like hardcovers and I truly find paperbacks far prettier. I could go without bookmarks too, but I love collecting and using them. This was fun :D!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I have ‘occasional readers’ the thing is for them it is just a book, but for me it is important. We handle it differently so it scares me to lend books.

      True, they looks super pretty, hehe. I don’t know I guess, they fit perfectly and they looked organized on the shelves. I just don’t like paper jackets and how the end spine crumpled due to shelf wear. ;)

  2. I don’t like hardcover books with book jackets either. They’re just asking to be lost D:

    As for me, I don’t mind lending books, but I hate it when people bend the pages or crack the spines, ESPECIALLY when it came to lending manga.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Exactly, and my problem it is made of paper therefore it is at risk of getting ripped, crumpled, etc.

      I don’t mind if they returned it on time and not damaging it, but my experience led me to be cautious. Thanks Jackie. xD

  3. I definitely wrap every single one of my paperbacks, HA! :D It’s so OCD my friends tell me, but I really don’t want damaged… they’re my PRECIOUSSS. And maybe that’s why I don’t want to lend them out either xD Because when they come back, they have crumpled pages and maybe a stain of what my friend was drinking and it really miffs me. :P I also prefer paperbacks to hardcovers! One reason is because I always have to grapple with the book jacket, another because they’re so heavy, and thirdly, they’re so hard to wrap!! Ahahaha we’re so similar Mitchii xD Thanks for sharing! <33

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I know, they don’t understand how precious our books to us. I’d rather give a book than lend them mine tbqh. And yes, exactly, all of the things you mentioned are also the reason why I’m not a big fan of hardbacks.Thanks Emily *hugs*

  4. Shannelle C. says:

    Firstly, haiiii. Newbie to your site, mostly because your design for Emily’s site was gorgeous, and I just had to see the designer’s blog! And then I saw that you were Filipino, and I just freaked, because it’s awesome to find other Filipinos. So . . . Mitchii, is that Japanese? Are you Japanese?

    And more questions from me, sorry. >.< Did you buy that Kobo when NBS started selling it?

    Now on to your discussion. I use bookmarks a lot, because I read in school, and I just don't have the time to read it all. Usually, random scraps of paper could suffice as a placeholder for me in school. I hate lending too, except to some nice people that I can really trust with books. I'm pretty OCD too, and I nearly panicked when I got the old version of Shatter Me when Tahereh Mafi came for a signing, but I found the new version! So I'll give away the old version once I figure out how.

    As for hardcovers, I couldn't really care less, as long as the whole series is available as such. No sticky notes either, mostly because I don't have sticky notes and I would only use them as bookmarks. And that's pretty much it.

    P.S. Do you have a portfolio? Just so curious, because I'm interested in web design. Sorry lang po, Ate Mitchii.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Haha, ok lang. It is always nice to meet fellow pinoy book bloggers. Mitchii is my online alias, real name is Cecille. 100% Filipino. ;) I bought my Kobo in Australia when I went there for vacation. But I’m glad that they are selling them here because it’s really hard to find stores that sell e-readers (di siya popular dito, apparently).

      I used to do that, too. I find scraps and used it as a bookmark. I’ve always been a fast reader and as much as possible want to finish it in one sitting, so I rarely use one. OCD kasi ako, haha so I prefer paperbacks & they look nice on shelves. xD

      That’s good to hear, web design has been my passion since, and I love to design every now & then. I do have one but it is still offline. It need some more tweaking.

      Glad to meet you Shannelle. xD

  5. Lia says:

    Hey Mitchii!
    I came across your blog through Asti’s Bookish Recap, and I LOVE it! I have never seen a discussion post that I agreed more to.
    I totally cover my books with plastic. I just don’t wnat themto get in touch with too must dust or accidentally get wet or spilt over (knowing me, these accidents happen a lot)

    When it comes to reading, e-readers help me read faster (like you), and whenever I read paperbacks, I usually get interrupted a 1000 times so I use whatever I have nearby as a bookmark.

    On borrowing books, I try not to as much as I can because I myself don’t like giving my books away so it would be a bit hypocritical of me to borrow their books. Once I gave my copy of Sorcerer’s stone to a friend and I got it back in ruins. But when people ask to borrow, I don’t know how to refuse them. So my books are handed over with a polite smile and a heavy heart. :(

    This is a very interesting post! I can’t believe I am discovering this blog just now, so I am going to make up for that and quickly follow your blog, ha! :D ()

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Thanks Lia for dropping by. Haha, I know right? We just love our books that we take extra good care of it. I’m super afraid anything liquid (basically damaging) near my books.

      There’s something about ebook that help us read faster probably because we don’t see the thickness of the book and we just press and press the button for more.

      Totally agree with the borrowing, until now I try not lend book. I still don’t how to refuse without making a huge fuss about it.

      Aw, thanks you Lia. I really appreciate my followers. I’m apologizing beforehand for the upcoming dorkiness of my blog. xD

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