Staking Your Claim: Do you label your books?
A wise Englishman once penned: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be…” and I couldn’t agree more when it comes to books. I am loathe to lend my books and when I do, it’s only to my mom, aunt, or sister. Despite my non-lending tendencies, I’m surprisingly fanatical about labeling my books.
In the old days, when I was a mere novice, I would just write my name on the inside cover. Later, I graduated to bookplates–of which I still have a ton. But hand labeling and bookplates went the way of the 8-track player after I was given the mother of all book labelers: a personalized EMBOSSER.
Behold, the beauty that is my embosser:
Breathtaking, isn’t it? I know! My mother-in-law gave this to me many birthdays ago–it was special ordered from Martha Stewart’s now-defunct catalog, Martha by Mail. It came with two other embosser plates and some lovely paper.
For those of you who’ve never seen or used an embosser, you simply slip a page between the circular plates, and squeeze. The embosser than leaves a raised seal, similar to a notary seal–except this one says “Library of Natalie Mxxxxxx”.
Typically, I only label books I intend to keep, not the drugstore paperbacks that I donate to my local library or hospital after finishing them.
So, how about you? Are you as fiendish as I am when it comes to staking your claim on your books? If so, what’s your preferred method of marking?