Hello, bookworms! Welcome to another Bookworm Problems post 🙂
It’s been a while since my last post on this theme, but what happened to me today gave me a great inspiration for this post.
I’m going on a holiday to Okinawa, the Southernmost island of Japan from tomorrow afternoon and I’ve actually got a lot of packing to do.
As a bookworm, I cannot go even a day without reading and I will totally spend my time on the plane doing so.
The problem is, I know what I really want to read during the trip but don’t want to damage my books by hauling them around with me.
As you can read in my About page, I am very VERY particular about my book condition; I’m almost paranoid about it. My biggest bookish pet peeve is damaging my books in any possible way. Breaking the spine is definitely a no-no, but I get so bummed out when spotting a crease or fraying in the cover, Which makes deciding to take paperbacks for a long trip almost impossible.
That said though, what if you are so invested in the book you are currently reading and the book is so bulky, like a brick???
(Books as massive and bulky as this one; certainly hard to haul around!)
Hardcovers actually make it less problematic; you don’t have to worry about damaging them once you take the dust jacket off. Even if your hardbacks get some scratch or slightly damaged, putting the dust jacket back on makes the problem disappear. You don’t really spot the damage visually, at least.
The worst is the only edition you have is a paperback whose cover could get a big crease or fray at the corners. For me, it’s a nightmare.
I’m reading The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson right now and my mind is literally fixated on the book. Normally, in such a situation where you need to hop on/off trains and buses (that means your book is most likely to get damaged in some way), it would be wise to leave your book at home and pick up something else for traveling.
But my mind is screaming that I cannot wait until I get home to pick it up again. Three days without reading it feels like infinity.
I want to take that book with me but I don’t want to damage it by taking it with me.
I only have a paperback, I don’t have a kindle edition.
Trust me, I tried persuading myself into picking up something else, I asked myself what would be the alternative over and over.
But no. Nothing seems right. Nothing seems to sate my hunger and longing for that book.
Then what should I do??
Conclusion: Buy a kindle edition and take my tablet with me.
It took me the whole afternoon to reach this conclusion and thank goodness, I can get the kindle edition with a reduced price because I already have the audiobook.
Although there’s still a battery issue with my tablet, like how soon/where I can charge it, I think it’s far better than damaging my precious book.
I want my books to last as long as possible. I cannot stand them getting damaged especially when I am so strongly invested in them.
How about you? What would you do if you were in my shoes?
Comment below and let me know your thoughts!
Thank you so much for stopping by for this Bookworm Problems post. Although I will be offline and less likely to get to respond to your comments during my trip, I’ll be back on Monday!
Take care until I’m back, everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!