All that to say, I've been going through lots of books. You can tell the ones that I've spent a lot of time with.
My 20 year old paperback Anne of Green Gables books are missing covers. The pages are yellowed and brittle. There are chocolate stains on more than a few pages.
My green, cloth covered, A Christmas Carol has hot chocolate stains on it's cover and pages.
Fran Slayton's When the Whistle Blows has spaghetti stains on a few pages.
I could go on, but you get the picture. (It probably involves me eating something, which seems to be what I do when I settle down with a good read.)
So what do your favorite books look like? Are they pristine? Food stained? Tear stained? I'd love to know.