Since I had trouble sometimes proving that a book was mine my mom came up with the idea for me to stamp the back of my books. I know what you're thinking 'How could you!? You're totally ruining the pristine condition of the book!' Well that's what I thought when my mom first suggested it to me, but when I got to high school and was finally fed up defending that I was actually the true owner of a book I decided that maybe my mom was onto something.
So one day we went to the craft store and picked out a stamp that I wouldn't mine being forever printed in the back of my books. When we got back I then spent the rest of my Saturday afternoon stamping a tree on the inside back cover of my books.
Then the next time someone had taken my book and the teacher was all 'How do I know this book really doesn't belong to Jack, Katie?' And instead of reciting the plot, characters, themes, favorite parts and why they should truly be ashamed that they haven't read it to prove it was mine I just went 'Hey Jack, what's in the back cover?' to which he responded 'Durrr *hair flip* what?' And then it was back in my hands! Yes!
Now that I'm in college I, thankfully, don't really have to worry about people jacking my books anymore so I haven't really been stamping them. Most of the books I've gotten in the past year or so haven't been stamped either since I was home-schooled my senior year. I mean I really doubt my dog would have stolen my books and if he did I'm pretty sure I would have found it buried in the backyard by now.
Do you do anything to personalize your books?
Do you think my stamping the inside of the back cover ruins it?
Let me know in the comments!