Booking Through Thursday - Are you a spine breaker?

Mariel from Where Troubles Melt Like Lemon Drops asks:

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'm neither a spine breaker or a dog earer: anymore. Used to be when 17 years old and didn't give a thought to who would be reading the book after me. Now, (30 years later) I'm more respectful of the books I buy and read: Always use bookmarks or use the flap of the book cover. However, 9 times out of 10 son comes behind me and sees the flap stuck in the middle of the book and "fixes" it. Grrrrr! I try to keep my books in pristine condition and all get shelved properly in or on the bookshelves. I positively hate reading books with grungy pages, broken spines, etc. Hence, the reason I don't get library books. Also, the reason I don't lend out books. I'd rather give away the book, then I don't have to worry what kind of shape it will be in when it's returned.

Paperbacks can be a little difficult though. I've come across a few, that you have to practically split the book in the middle in order to read the story. The words going all the way to the middle seam of the book. What choice do you have, but to pull it wide open (gently, of course), flatten out the page by running your finger down the middle crease in order to read it.

I cringe whenever my hubby stops reading because he will leave the book open, spine up on the table and forget about it. Yes, I go behind him and immediately grab a bookmark, mark his place and put the book on his bedside stand. "Hey, where's my book?" rings through the house. He's learning.

So, how do you handle your books? Head on over to Booking through Thursday to see what everyone else has to say.


  1. "...or use the flap of the book cover."

    I hate when I get too far into the book to do that! LOL

  2. I totally agree with you! I hate the "grungy" feel of books that have been rifled through over and over. A good friend of mine loves to share her books with me after she's finished them, but I can't stand reading it with the spine that's been cracked so much, it should probably be bleeding already! :)

  3. We have similar answers. Come visit to read mine.


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