WARNING: If your heart stops at the sight of book spines being broken, pages being dog marked, or worse yet marks in a book then look away! This post is going to send you to the hospital or to my house to rescue all my books.
(I stole Amanda’s moniker for this confession because it describes perfectly how I read a book though I am quite sure she means she is on a bender!)
Blogger Confession: I AM A BOOK BENDER!
There I said it and I feel better. I feel like in the world of book readers that us book benders are not really liked. Our books are looked at in scorn and pity. They wonder how we could bend the spines, dog-ear the corners of the pages, and even worse read while eating/drinking/crying (things might spill). I am pretty sure that the purist out there want to rescue my books from their evil owner and thrust an eReader into my hands (I do have one and actually prefer reading on it so you can let out a sigh of relief).
Here is the thing y’all: the worse my book looks the more it is loved!
Case in point: My original Harry Potter Hardcovers have had to be replaced (books 1 to 5) at least twice. I have gone through 3 copies of the Feast of All Saints, 5 copies of Pride and Prejudice, 2 copies of The Outlander, and 4 copies of The Stand. These are just a few of the ones that have had to be replaced over and over again. I won’t tell you the number of books that sit on my shelf that look like they could fall apart at any minute. To my defense some of the new Mass Market Paperbacks are not built reader tough.
I try to be gentle with the books that I am going to pass on to other readers but even then only slightly less gentle. I might not dog-ear the corners but I can almost guarantee that the spine will be broken. I like to read while cooking, walking, and sometimes swimming. I have taken a book into the bath tub and gotten water on it.
I have just never gotten the “be gentle with books” memo. Though the more I hang out with other hardcore readers, the more I realize I am in the minority.
Are there any more book benders out there?
Do you shrink in fear at book benders? Do their actions haunt your nightmares?
Plus side of being a book bender: hardly anyone asks to borrow my books (except family because they are all book benders too).
Down side: I make sure to never borrow books either! I don’t want to return it in a broken spine state (wouldn’t be on purpose but out of habit)
Here is a photo example of one of my actual books that I have only read once:
So am I the only book bender out there? Are there others hiding in the shadows?
Do these picture make you want to cringe?
Do you have something you do to all your paper books? I am really curious :)
NOTE: This is why not all my books end up in the RIPI bin. I do try to pass along the ones that don’t look like they have been through the Felicia gauntlet. However, I make no promises about the spines!
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