The Book That I Destroyed The Most

As any good reader knows, every books can go through a lot of wear and tear during their lives. Some people go out of their way to keep a book in good condition, others don’t really care, I mean how much damage can really be done to a book right?

It’s just some pieces of paper stuck together, and I’m not gonna throw it in a fire or anything so it should be fine (though I do know some people who use old books as firewood and I do not agree!).

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Personally, I would say I’m the type that doesn’t worry about what damage can be done to a book, because I just want to enjoy reading the book.

It’s also pretty hard to avoid ruining the book at least a little bit, in my opinion. Hardcover books are a bit safer because they keep themselves open more than paperbacks, but sometimes I notice that there is an oily fingerprint on the bottom corner of the page, or the cover is faded or ripped a bit from being carried in my backpack all day long.

Plus hardcovers usually have a sleeve, which hides the damage done to the book itself, so I tend to worry a bit less when it comes to those.

Paperbacks are much worse. Just carrying them to and from school I’ve spilled water on them, been splashed by cars, or had covers rip and pages fold when something else in my bag squished it.

Honestly, even after all of that I don’t care. I don’t want to ruin my experience of reading a book just because I don’t want it to get dirty or ruined.

If a book was ruined beyond repair or pages get torn out, then I might be a bit upset, but that would be pretty difficult to do, so I don’t worry about that too much.

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Now maybe I am going a bit crazy, and people aren’t these perfect book keepers I assume they are, but I have proof of at least one person who is! I know someone who will not and can not ruin a book. It’s impossible. Destiny has forbidden it.

They wrap their book in a soft cloth cover when they aren’t reading it, and they have a special pocket on their bag dedicated to nothing but the book. Nothing bends, rips, or even touches it except the cover.

I’ve even seen them handle the book pretty nonchalantly and it’s like the Book Gods won’t let their books be ruined. There’s a small force field or something around the book that prevents any harmful materials from entering.

They can’t even ruin the spine of a paperback book! How is that possible?

A 800+ page book and they don’t have one single crease mark on the spine? I call bullshit.

It’s either some sort of witchcraft or they only carry around books and don’t actually read them.

Either way, that’s not my life. I’ve yet to ruin a book beyond repair (but I have come pretty damn close) and that’s all I care about.

As long as the book has two covers, legible words on the pages, and the pages are all there, I will read it, though I’m pretty sure I have read a book with no front or back covers before.

Now…

To get to the point of this post… the book that I have ruined the most.

This book has been through it all. I spilled water on it, put oily fingerprints on the pages, dropped food on the pages, squished bugs between its pages, dropped it in dirt, and even dropped it down a two-story building by accident.

The worst thing that happened to it was actually when I first started reading it though. I was on a boat with my girlfriend and her family, and I had brought the book along for the day because it was a nice summer day and I didn’t want to swim…so I figured I’d stay on the boat, enjoy the sun, and read.

It was going well. I had crushed through 75, maybe 100 pages in an hour or so and we started heading back to shore because it was getting late and we were getting hungry.

My girlfriend and I were sitting at the front of the boat, and were getting splashed a bit by some of the waves, so I threw my book and phone under my hoodie and put it at our feet.

WELL that turned out to be a big mistake because not a few minutes later, a HUGE wave came and splashed the boat, leaving the entire floor covered in 4-5 inches of water for a good 30 seconds.

Worried about my phone, I quickly grabbed it and put it somewhere more dry, but as I did my book started floating to the back of the boat.

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I was devastated, but there were more important things to worry about.

When we finally made it back to shore, the cover had been basically torn off, paged bent beyond repair, and some of the words wee smudged, BUT all in all it was still a book, and I ended up finishing it a few weeks later when I was on the boat again…clearly not learning from my previous mistakes.

What’s the worst you’ve ever dont to a book? Let me know in the comments. 

Why Reading Together Can Be A Good Valentine’s Day Date

So as I’m sure all of you know, today is Valentine’s Day, which can make a lot of people happy, or very upset. Some of you might have a date and are celebrating, some have a date and don’t feel the need to celebrate.

Some people may have no date and aren’t too happy about it, while other still might have no date and couldn’t be happier about that. If anything, it’s more romantic to have that perfect date any other day of the year, because you won’t be societally obligated to go through with it.

If you are happy about what you are doing on Valentine’s Day, then I am happy for you, there’s no pressure to find that perfect date.

I have been thinking about this idea a lot recently, and I was wondering if sitting with your significant other and just enjoying books together can be an awesome gift to eachother today.

Yeah, some people wan’t some crazy gifts; boxes of chocolates, flowers, food, jewellery, but I think a lot of people are happy just spending time with the person they love.

That’s why I believe my idea could be a great present to eachother. The only problem for this idea is that both people need to be interested in books.

Let’s examine the idea a little more.

If you and your parnter are both big readers, but don’t really like eachother’s favourite genres, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Personally, my girlfriend isn’t a big reader, but when she does read it tends to be on the darker side of the spectrum, where I prefer more epic fantasy books.

I think a nice romantic gesture like swapping books with eachother and putting the time in to reading a book that your partner has chosen for you can be a good date idea, and also help your relationship. Maybe you don’t like the book in the end, but maybe you do.

I think the key part is putting in the effort for your parnter and showing some interest in something that they are interested in.

To spice things up a bit, you two can get some comfy sweats on, make a nice warm cup of tea (or whatever your reading drink of choice is) and curl up under a nice warm blanket together and enjoy eachother’s company while you both read a good book.

This works if you and your partner like the same books too. It might be easier because this way you don’t have to swap books with eachother, you can just take whichever book you are reading at the time and enjoy it in the presence of the person you love.

I’m not saying this is the perfect date idea, and I’m not saying your partner will even enjoy it if you would. I just think that it could be a nice alternative to watching Netflix together (which also isn’t a bad idea)

I’d love to hear what everyone’s doing for Valentine’s Day. Let me know in the comments section.

Books vs. Movies

I’m not entirely sure this topic is actually a debate where people will change their minds. As far as I know it’s not actually a debate between two parties, but two different groups who don’t even know they’re debating.

To make it more clear, I’ll lay out both sides of the “debate” here.

First, the movie side.

The biggest aspect of this side, is mainly that they don’t tend to read the books that get turned into movies, they may not even know they were a book before actually seeing the movie.

That’s not saying they don’t read books, I just mean they aren’t reading the books that generally get turned into movies. Since they don’t read the books, they obviously prefer the movies.

Now the book side.

These people obviously tend to read the books before the movies come out, and if they haven’t by the time when the movie comes out, they’ll most likely buy the books if they are interested.

They prefer the books because they get more out of it. They get the full story, with nothing left out. They get every magical word that the author created, and they get to use their imagination to see the world as they read it.

This is where the “debate” comes to a stand-still. The movie lovers tend not to like/read the books, and the book lovers tend to prefer the books.

I don’t think this is one where there is a right and a wrong answer though. I enjoy books, obviously, and I enjoy movies.

Do I enjoy the books more than the movies? Yeah, but that doesn’t mean the movies are bad, the movies are just a different experience.

It gives the director a chance to take words, and create a thing of magic.

My biggest problem with books that are turned into movies is when they are done poorly.

If you make a movie about a book, you’re guarenteeing that a good chunk of those fans will come see the movie, so to create something that ruins their favourite books is a big no no in their eyes.

Now this whole post assumes that everyone who reads the books will always prefer them over the movies.

In my experience this is 95% true. There has only been 2 instances in my life, where I know someone prefers the movies over the books.

The first: my dad loves the movie The Hunt for Red October. I can’t say I’ve ever read it or seen it, but he can quote the entire movie from heart, and he can walk in at any part of the movie and know exactly what is going on and what happens next.

He had seen the movie before he read the book, and will choose the movie every time

The second instance is a friend of mine read The Martian, and said that he could barely understand the book, but he really enjoyed the movie.

I may be wrong about all this, and maybe there are a large population of people in the world that prefer the movies over the books.

If you prefer a movie over a book please let me know. I’d love to hear from you all in the comments.

Also, if you’re wondering what I think about books vs. tv shows, then you’ll have to stay tuned. That is a different topic entirely.

Why Reading is Hard

So that title might have confused you at first. I mean if you think about it, it’s really not that hard to read, right?

All you have to do is put some letters together, and once you’ve done that, they carry a certain meaning.

I think most people learned how to read pretty early on in life, but I guess there might be some people who aren’t able to read even as an adult.

Luckily, those aren’t the people I am talking to today.

The people I am talking to today are people who read books, who I think might understand what I am talking about today.

So what I mean by saying reading is hard , is that sitting down to read a book and focusing all of your attention on the book is quite difficult, not the actual mental capability to put letters together.

It’s pretty easy to sit in front of a tv or computer screen and watch some show. You get to see what each character looks like. You get to see what each scene looks like. You get to SEE everything.

When it comes to reading, everything is in your hands, or your brain more specifically. You read the words, and then you have to imagine the characters faces. You have to imaging the scenery, the clothing, the entire story.

There’s no recap at the beginning of every chapter or at the start of every book. Yeah, there might be a little backtracking of events if something happened a few books ago, but if you don’t remember what happened to a certain character, you have to hope you can find the right page, or look it up online.

That’s really why reading is so hard, but just because it’s hard, doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable and relaxing.

There’s nothing better, in my opinion, than reading a good book.

Yeah watching some Netflix or YouTube can be fun, and I enjoy doing that too, but theres nothing quite like reading.

As I was writing this, I think the biggest reason I enjoy reading so much is because it’s something I create so to speak. I mold the world in the way I interpret the words. For tv, the world is already molded for me.

I hope you enjoyed this post, I enjoyed writing it. What do you think of what I had to say? Let me know in the comments.