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Mariel suggested this week’s question.

Are you a spine breaker? Or a dog-earer? Do you expect to keep your books in pristine condition even after you have read them? Does watching other readers bend the cover all the way round make you flinch or squeal in pain?

Donโ€™t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the commentsโ€”or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!


160 responses

  1. me too!!!!
    here it is:
    come visit! (I have a good giveaway right now too)

  2. Here’s my answer.

    Happy Thursday, everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Happy Thursday everyone! Here’s mine!

  4. […] Well, I do dog-ear books, but that is as far as I go. If I have dog-eared the pages for a specific purpose, say for a line or a passage I really like, I copy the line and then take efforts to get the page back to normal, which we all know is not possible. ย  The one thing that I absolutely do not do is keep the book upside down or fold the book. When my sister is reading any of my books and if I see her fold the book I surely give her a piece of my mind. She thinks I am crazy. ย I don’t mind anyone writing relevant things in the book. I am all for it. But unnecessary scribbling is just not done. ย  I cover all my books with transparent plastic covers. Is that weird? I do it immediately I buy or get any book, so that I don’t end up with too many books to cover at one time. ย  Just the other day I was washing my hands in the wash basin and I had a book in the crook of my arm. Somehow, the book slipped and feel in the wash basin under running water. Ohโ€ฆthe horror of all horrors. The first 20 pages and the front cover were all wet. I kept the book under my bed for 3 days so that the pages donโ€™t bend permanently. I still feel an enormous amount of guilt and sadness when I look at that book. ย  But all said and done, my books are in an excellent condition after reading too. […]

  5. oops, looks like my link is already here, but sometimes the link does not appear, so i did not take any chances. Also, i had titled the post as coupling (wrong obviously), so i corrected it, but the link name is the same.

  6. Hi everyone (and Deb!), I hope you guys have a good Thursday and a good weekend ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

    Here Mine!

  7. I think this was tackled before, but it’s something I feel strongly about hehe. Here’s mine. Happy BTT!

  8. I’m in! Bring your sense of humor!

  9. The computer said I already commented, but I think it’s lying. My apologies if this comes up twice. Computers are evil liars.

  10. Happy BTT! Here’s mine. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  12. Hello, here’s my reply about my book habits

  13. I try very hard to keep my spines unbroken, although it’s almost inevitable that my well-loved books will break. Dog-earing is out of the question, even in paperback!! As for bending covers all the way round … there ought to be a law!

    (Haven’t been to BTT in ages … it’s great to be back!)

  14. Hm, I’m not sure if my first comment posted properly – it’s not showing up on my screen anyhow, so here it is again:

  15. I’m flinching, I’m squirming! Those poor dog-eared books! Here’s my full answer:

  16. I think I’d be remiss, given the name of my blog, if I didn’t participate in this week’s question! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. […] you like to Book through Thursday? I know you would… so let’s do […]

  18. Just posted mine.

    Happy Thursday, everyone.

  19. Here is Mine. I’ll be back to read everyone’s answer. Happy BTT. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. HERE’s my post for this week!

    Happy Thursday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. […] week’s BTT is about the condition of books: Are you a spine breaker? Or a dog-earer? Do you expect to keep […]

  22. I’ve got an answer here!

  23. Mine is HERE. Don’t throw things at me ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Thursday, everyone!

  24. […] 30, 2008 This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is pretty interesting, and I think quite telling: “Are you a spine breaker? Or a […]

  25. I generally hold my books in very high esteem! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Here’s my answer:

  26. Mine is at I went on a “why books are wonderful” tangent, but my basic answer is that I treat my books with respect.

  27. Good question, I answered it here.

  28. Here’s mine:

    The only thing I won’t do (and hate it when other people do it) is write in books.

  29. Mine is here:

    I also designed a challenged based on a btt question from a few weeks before. The Rescue Challenge is about saving those books which have been sitting unloved on your book shelves, and getting some of them read. To participate, or get some more info, see here:

  30. I talked about this a bit in a post the other day. Since it suggests some of my recent good reads, I’d like to just link to it instead of repeating myself.

  31. I am a bookmark user as I can’t stand turned down corners. As far as the spine goes, I do my best to keep things looking good, but books are meant to be read, so I don’t get too crazy about it.

  32. I’m up!! Visit me at!!

  33. […] October 30, 2008 at 5:25 pm | In Book Blather | Here is my response to today’s Booking Through Thursday. Are you a spine breaker?ย  Or a dog-earer?ย  Do you expect to keep your books in pristine […]

  34. Yes. Yes. No. No. For more details, see my full answer.

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  36. Just in case you were looking for it, you can find my post on this subject here…


  37. Here’s my answer. Be nice to books!

  38. Late again, but only because my site was down – back up, and here is my post!

  39. […] Through Thursday- Book Wear and Tear Good one from Booking Through Thursday this week: Are you a spine breaker? Or a dog-earer? Do you expect to keep your books in pristine […]

  40. Oooh…I’m so late because I’ve been shopping for boots!

    Here’s my thought ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Halloweeeeeeeeen…

  41. Sorry, I don’t think my link worked in my previous comment. Here you go:

  42. An interesting question. My answer

  43. […] Booking Through Thursday – Conditioning Booking Through Thursday. […]

  44. Apparently a response was auto-inserted FOR me, because I linked to this post in mine. (above).

  45. […] Through Thursday: Conditioning October 30, 2008 — jlshall This week’s BTT topic: Are you a spine breaker? Or a dog-earer? Do you expect to keep your books in pristine […]

  46. […] Here goes the question over at BTT for the week: Are you a spine breaker? Or a dog-earer? Do you expect to keep your books in pristine condition […]

  47. I am completely guilty of dog-earing; there’s never a bookmark around when you need one! But cracking the spine or turning the cover all the way around make me squirm. I don’t even like it when my daughter takes the paper covers off her hardback books!

  48. Absolutely pristine. See my comments and anecdotes:

  49. Gotta keep them looking new…

  50. I highlight in my books, and want to keep them. As far as fiction, which I seldom read, I try to trade them for more books.

  51. […] sick and busy this past week, so you’ll have to forgive me. I saw this question up on the Booking Through Thursday blog this week and I just had to answer it. This week’s question is: Are you a spine breaker? […]

  52. Hi!
    My Booking Through Thursday is posted. You can see it here:

    Just click on Just Books and you’ll go right there. Take Care!!


  53. […] Through Thursday: Conditioning Are you a spine breaker? Or a dog-earer? Do you expect to keep your books in pristine condition even after you have read […]

  54. Had it all written last week, but it got lost in the shuffle, so it’s posted now:

  55. My answer is set to post on Nov. 17 on my book club blog.

  56. […] More from Booking Through Thursday participants. […]

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