Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading. Here is this week’s question:
It’s time for summer reading, so … today’s question? What’s the worst thing you ever did to your reading material? Sand in the bindings from the beach? Dropped into the pool? Covers smeared with sunscreen?
And, if you’ve never done actual summer-time damage … have you EVER damaged your book/magazine/paper? Dropped it in the bathtub? Used it to kill a bug? Spilled with coffee?
Books were always treasured items, the key to different worlds and so I couldn’t damage a book physically. I am guilty of damaging books psychologically though. Sounds weird? I hurt my books through…neglect. I currently have 104 books on my ‘To Read’ list and even more that haven’t made their way on there yet. Don’t try to tell me that 104 isn’t a bad number –On Dexter, the Ice Truck Killer uses the number 103 as a calling card. This is one whole number higher – I’m sure the significance of that hasn’t escaped you. Section 104 of the Justices Act 1886 (Queensland) allows a defendant to provide evidence and I intend to do that.
You see I am a bit like a bowerbird in that I get attracted to shiny new covers. They call out to me and I abandon existing books in favour of these new ones. They whisper, call and harangue me. I’m too weak to resist. Cruella de Vil went after 101 new Dalmatians and we all know how that worked out. I haven’t quite got my maniacal laugh down pat but I’m working on it.
I read books in four genres so the number of new releases each month is staggering. How can anyone hope to keep up? Writers are too prolific nowadays. It used to be you got one novel a year or one every two years. Now authors are releasing quality fiction every six months. I bravely try to soldier on but I’m only a mere mortal. Have I mentioned yet that there are 104 columns in the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Greece? We all know how those gods treated mortals’ hubris. Quite frankly, I’m doomed to failure.
I’m may be guilty of neglect but I hope you can see that I am trying to make amends bit by bit and overcome this fatal flaw.
EDIT: I just want to be clear that all these books are electronic ones not paperbacks. I read those ones fairly quickly otherwise they stare malevolently at me until I do.