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Friday, August 27, 2010

When I was a child, my mom had a rule that I couldn't take the People magazine until she'd read it -- because I got the magazine all water-logged and dog-eared in the bathtub. I'm not sure why this is, but when I read a book, it looks like I read the book. The pages are all thick and fluttery and the spine has a crack in it. It kind of looks like Pigpen got a hold of your book. So I don't usually borrow books because the whole time, I have to be thinking about how to keep it nice. Rather than smudge it with chocolate, or spill coffee on it -- or drop the edge in the tub.

So a girlfriend, who is very successful, went to Stanford, etc. is helping me with keeping track of my business records. She lent me four books that she said really helped her. The problem is, I'm afraid to read them. These are favorite books? They look like they've never been touched. And what will they look like when she gets them back?

I lose bookmarks constantly, so I dog ear the pages to save my place, or turn them over and open the spine to keep my page. There has to be some secret to reading books neatly. Do you know it? Or do your books look like mine when you're done?
posted at 5:15 PM  
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At 5:47 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Mine are just like yours, Kris. Maybe worse

At 8:41 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

My books look like yours.
I'm also terrified to borrow books - it's just way too much pressure :)

I've even had car tire marks on my book when I left it on the roof of the car and then ran over it by accident.

At 10:18 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

LOL Dawn, I did that with a signed book of an old pastor and he made me feel like I'd buried his grandmother. It was AWFUL! But also probably the last book I borrowed.

At 8:01 AM, Blogger Julie said...

I beat up books. I read them fast and often, and have no qualms about writing in them, creasing the spine or dog-earing them. I'd rather have books that look like they've been read. As long as you can still read them... over and over again!

This can make borrowing books expensive. I once took a friend's favorite book to the beach. I ended up getting caught in a torrential downpour and had to buy a new book for her. I was just glad that I really enjoy the book also, because the water-logged book now sits proudly on my bookshelf.

At 1:07 PM, Blogger Diane Marie Shaw said...

So glad I'm not the only whose books frequently look loved.

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Crystal Mazzuca said...


At 4:29 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Crystal, this is why we DON'T have eBooks. Can you imagine if we dropped them in the bathtub, etc? If we can't handle books, we certainly aren't going to take on machinery.

I read mostly non-fiction and I like to highlight to remember, and I don't like the highlight features on the ereaders. I can't get past my love for a real book.

At 8:01 PM, Blogger Crystal Mazzuca said...

I'm so paranoid about taking my ereader in the tub! It's not relaxing at all :) They've just come out with a waterproof Bible. Maybe it will be a book revolution!

At 8:04 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I hope they'll make a waterproof cover for them eventually, like the did the iPod. I'm reading the book now and it already doesn't look as good as it does, but you know what? My friend wanted me to read it, and I doubt she cares. I'm being as careful as I can be.

At 7:40 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I guess I'm in the minority. My books look brand new. I always use a bookmark, never write my name in them, never crack the spine. Course, I also finish them in 2-3 days so I don't have time to mess them up. I hate it when I loan out a book and it gets returned all messed up. Drives me nuts. I've always considered books to be treasures :)

At 8:11 PM, Blogger Judy Gann said...

Suzanne, you are a librarian's dream. The rest of you? You are our worst nightmare. :-)

At 8:42 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

It's not the timing, Suzanne, I finish about three books in a weekend, so it's not that I don't read them quick. I read them hard. Yes, Judy I am your nightmare. I never remember to take my books back on time either -- which is why I usually buy my books. LOL

At 8:47 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I have to know, HOW do you read a book hard? I'm cracking up just thinking about it. What on earth do you do to the poor books? I'm kind of a freak about keeping my books in excellent condition and nothing makes me more excited than finding an old book (like from the 1800s) that's in fantastic condition.

At 8:51 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

For one thing, I'm always driving kids somewhere. So the book comes with me in the bathtub, in the car, wherever I am. I leave it open facedown when something calls me away, inevitably, someone will sit on it, or the dog will rest on it. You name it. I also tend to throw them down face down when I'm done in the bathroom, and then I drip on them when I get out.

And if I happen to be eating at the table (ala Amy Carter), I will spill something. I'm a slob with books because I'm always doing too much at once. I will have it open on the counter when I'm cooking. Now you know why I don't want an eReader.

At 9:15 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Well at least you get your money's worth!

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Love it when a book looks read. My husband and I were traveling recently and found my novels on a library shelf. What made my day is how beat up they were - one even had a coffee stain. LOL Just loved that ...

At 12:24 PM, Blogger Abby said...

I admit to being one of those people who will read a book without it looking read. I guess my elementary librarian made quite an impression about how to treat books nicely so that the binding doesn't get broken and the corners don't get bent.


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