Is it “okay” to read a bookish present you bought for someone else?
One of my friends has recently decided she likes books (swayed by the Mortal Instruments, thank you Cassandra Clare!) Of course, you can believe my excitement.
So, smart ol’ me decided to buy her a book for Christmas to celebrate.
Not-so smart me decided to buy her book that I have not read yet. Idiot.
Right now, at this very moment, this book is sitting on my shelf, calling my name. Teasing me. Taunting. It WANTS me to read it.
I am trying SO HARD not to open it. Not to break the spine and crease the pages.
I keep thinking – if someone bought me a book as a present, and decided to read it before they gave it to me, I’d be okay with it. But I’m a pretty chill person, and stuff like that doesn’t bother me. And, ah well, I don’t think it proper etiquette.
Today I think I’m just going to wrap it. I’m going to wrap it so well that I won’t want to ruin the pretty wrapping by opening it. Yup. That’s what I’m gonna do.
What would you do in this situation?
Would you be offended if someone gave you a second hand book?