Last night I was reading a small pocket-sized Star Trek book when I noticed the spine was getting a crease in it. I am not a fan of creases in my books and I tried to minimize the bend while reading the pages. This was kind of a hard task because the book is small and the wording on the pages almost reach the middle of the book; in order to read it, I had to bend the pages…a hard thing to do when one is trying to keep the spine of the book crease free. I’m not sure if I really succeeded in my task of keeping the spine unbent, but you bet I tried my best to keep any new creases from appearing!
I know I can’t be the only one who cringes when they see someone rough handling a book – such as creasing the spine or bending a page instead of using a bookmark. And although I try my best to keep my books looking like new, I am guilty of unintentionally bending a cover page here and there…I have even dropped food on a few books when I made the mistake of eating while reading (see, I’m a true reader who reads whenever time permits). Each time I’ve done this my poor heart almost exploded and I just had to sigh while I tried to fix the damage I created. So heartbreaking!
I have a few other “peeves” when it comes to books, but bending or spoiling pages ranks high on my list. What causes your heart to stop beating when something happens to a book you are reading?