Thursday, October 30, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Conditioning

Mariel suggested this week’s question.

Are you a spine breaker? Or a dog-earer? Do you expect to keep your books in pristine condition even after you have read them? Does watching other readers bend the cover all the way round make you flinch or squeal in pain?

I would say, in general, no! My husband would tend to disagree with that, because he thinks I ruin books. So he's much worse about the "how you hold a book" idea. He likes to think that after he's had a book, you can't tell it's been read. But books after I've had them, they look read.

So, depending on the way the book is made, the spine may look a little sad after I'm done and the cover doesn't lay flat anymore. But I never dog ear it! No, I don't expect to keep books in pristine condition, BUT I hate turning a new book into an old one! And yes, watching someone else bend the cover all the way around makes me cringe. Awful! However, sometimes I do it myself if the book is especially soft and pliable. Make sense?

If I have a new book that I absolutely love, I hate seeing it get all beat up. Example: My book of The Book Thief. I got it new for Christmas last year and since then, it's been through several people and in a couple of back pack situations, and it's not looking so new anymore. Makes me sad. I should really fork over money for a hard back version of that particular book!


  1. I love making sure that my books look well loved.

  2. I think my books take a little more wear and tear (although I never dog-ear) because I almost always get paperbacks so I can carry them in my purse (which is rather large) and read them whenever I've got a spare minute. It's a necessary evil, but it allows me to get more of my beloved reading in than if I just relegated reading to a controlled setting.

  3. My books could never be in pristine condition because I read them around my kids who happen to be walking demolition crews; however if I borrow a book, I only ever read it in a controlled environment (no kids, food, water, etc). I never ever dog-ear.

  4. I completely understand, although my husband is the one that dog-ears pages.

  5. You and me both! Are our husband's related? Haha!



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