The Joy of Defiling Books (Yes, Really)

There is something truly special about a new book – the smoothness of the cover, the still sharp corners that haven’t rounded and softened with age, the smell, the way the pages crackle and snap as they are opened for the very first time, the rigidity of the virginal paper.  You get an excited buzz, like something amazing is about to happen, but you don’t want to stop stroking the pages and dive right in – the timing needs to be right, you need to be ready.  Sound crazy to you?  Maybe it is, but book lovers will understand.

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