She's got the books that kill.

I'm a Grinch

Today's Top Five Wednesdays topic is Bookish Things I'm a Grinch About. I'm sure the list for this could be endless, but I'll try to narrow it down to just 5.

  1. Fingerprints - I hate when I get a library book that has Cheeto fingerprints and chocolate crumbs all through it. This usually happens with books in a certain genre. It seems to be most prevalent in books written for women. More specifically chick lit. I guess we feel that if we're feeding our brain junk, we should be feeding our bodies junk at the same time? It's the weirdest thing. Why Cheetos?

  2. Stinky Books - As most of you know, I am a book sniffer. I love the smell of a new book. Conversely, I hate the smell of a book someone has read while smoking and blown smoke all into. Paper picks up that smell, people! I know you can't smell it, but you probably don't smell much of anything anymore, since smoking destroys your sense of smell.

  3. Broken Spines - I know there are people out there who truly believe you cannot read a book without breaking the spine. But I'm here to tell you it can be done! I do it all the time. When you break the spine, you shorten the life of that book immensely. The spine is what keeps the pages attached. Once the spine is broken, it's only a matter of time before whole chunks of the book fall out. Also, a broken spine drastically reduces the amount you can get if you resell the book.

  4. Mismatched Covers - This is a publishing issue. I really do not know why a publisher would consider changing the covers of a book series partway through. The first three books in a series are printed at one size and with a certain cover style and then suddenly, the books are completely different and/or have completely different cover art. I get it when you go from hardcover to paperback. Many publishers make changes then, but come on! How am I supposed to make the books look pretty on my shelf if they don't even match!

  5. Paper cutting mistakes - So you're reading along in your latest novel. You turn the page, and the next page is all folded up on itself. You flatten it out and find that the edges of the paper were cut after the paper got folded up inside the book. So now, you have a page that sticks out of the book at a crazy angle. Do you cut it? Do you leave it? Do you fold it back up in the book, so it kind of looks right? I don't know!!!

What are you a grinch about? I'm dying to know.

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