I’m a very obsessive person, especially when it comes to my books.
*Insert Smeagol: ‘My precious’ quote here*
So I thought it might be fun to share my sometimes-crazy-control-freakish bookish pet peeves.
1. Cracked Spines
This one is one of my biggest pet peeves. I’ve tried to rationalise with myself for many a year about how it makes the book look read and loved but I can never bring myself to destroy the spine of my books. I can’t deal with seeing cracked books and I even have a few on my shelves that I’ve almost replaced or even considered getting rid of because they have cracked spines. (Told you I was a bit crazy).
2. Cover Changes
Why oh why do publishers do this? Okay, I know why they do it but I can never understand when they take beautiful covers and then change them into ugly covers, do they think that will sell the book? I don’t think so. I once again have an example of this on my shelves.
3. Size Changes
This pet peeve is one I’ve semi come to grips with. I can handle size changes but I still don’t understand why publishers do it. Basically, I just want my series to match, is that too much to ask? Once again, will changing the size of books really make that much of a distance on the book sales?
4. Dog-earing or drawing in pages
Are people who do this even human? Nah, I’m just kidding but seriously I’ve used tissues as bookmarks before. Chewing gum wrappers, the corner off a bit of paper, anything! I don’t know why this bugs me so much because it’s not my books getting damaged but treat those trees with respect! As for writing in books, why do people do this? Sometimes my english teacher will tell us to highlight our books or write analytical notes in the margins. Fat chance!
(There shall be no photo for this one as I do not do either of these things. And neither should you!)
5. Any other embellishments or damaged parts of a book
I feel like crying whenever I almost drop my book and try to catch it but accidentally bend the cover in the process. It’s happened before and I can just barely handle it. Or sometimes in bookstores you see marks on books where people have (I hope unknowingly) scratched the covers. Broken heart.
Wow, okay, writing this has made me realise how crazily psychotic I am. 😉
I don’t mean offence if you do any of these things, it’s just personal preference and I am trying to get better at dealing with book changes.
As always, thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you in my next post!