Monthly Archives: March 2012

Book Spines – To Break or Not to Break? That is the Question…

If you type “Book Spines” into Google, a Wikipedia article on Bookbinding come up that says: “Bookbinding” is the process of physically assembling a book from a number of folded or unfolded sheets of paper or other material. It usually involves attaching a book cover to the resulting text-block.” The article goes on to talk about the history and types of bookbinding, of which there are 15 types, including Anthropodermic bibliopegy (the binding of books in human skin!).

But my question is, what do readers think about the breaking of book spines?

This conversation starter has always become a raging debate among readers I know (yes, I admit to starting the conversation with that intention), some say it´s sacrilege and ‘unforgivable’ and others say it helps them ‘feel’ the book they are reading.

I personally think books are meant to be read passionately, and this usually leads to broken spines! I find the look of a book with a fraying, destroyed spine endearing, as I get the impression that it has been read, enjoyed, and loved many times. I treat my books with respect, but I lose myself in them, and this often leads to them getting dog-eared, things spilt on them and the spines broken as I open them up at exciting bits to make them easier to read. I don’t purposely try to break the spines, but I don´t take care not to. However, special editions, gifts, and borrowed books are different…

There is one kind of spine damage I hate though… Living in sunny Spain, I foolishly left my books a year in a room with lots of windows with only white organza curtains covering them… And the titles on the spines faded! Grrrr, now THAT is spine damage I can´t handle 🙂

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The Discworld – Best of the Best!

One of my absolute-favourite-all-time-authors is, without a doubt the great Sir Terry Pratchett.

I ‘discovered’ him thanks to an online friend, she said he was a fantastic author so I went out and (randomly) bought “Going Postal”, the 33rd Discworld novel and my first. I read it straight away, despite having a backlog of oooohh at least 12 other books ‘to be read’, and had to admit my friend was right, he was an amazing author!

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Obviously I started collecting his works straight away (no mean feat as I live in Spain but collect books in my native English, hurrah for the internet!) and I soon picked out my favourites. Strangely, even though it was my first, “Going Postal” is not one of my favourites. I loved -and still love-  Vetinari, but my absolute favourite characters are Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax, Death, Mustrum Ridcully, Sam Vimes and, of course, the unforgettable “Nobby” Nobbs.

Pratchett´s dry observations about society, our worries and our issues are hilarious, poignant and right on the ball. His books are a mix of sarcasm, wit, magic and pure genius. They can be read as a series or alone, and you can expect to find observations on ANY subject, ranging from football, dancing, foreigners, Hollywood, death, science, fairy tales, rock’n’roll, hierarchy, literature, modern-day films and much more. I couldn´t possibly pick out my favourite Discworld books, so don´t even ask! 😉

A person who since 1983 has written two books a year on average, sold over 75 million books worldwide in thirty-seven languages, has an asteroid named after them, was the UK’s best-selling author of the 1990s, and is currently still writing despite suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, is a genius in anyone´s book surely. The cherry on the top of the cake is his fabulous collaboration with Neil Gaiman (another great) with “Good Omens”, if you haven´t read this book I´d totally recommend it, Terry´s wit combines perfectly with Neil´s dark humor, you can really see a bit of each author in the story.

My Pratchett collection is sadly almost, but not yet, complete. I am missing his children´s novels, The Dark Side of the Sun, Strata, the Tiffany Aching novels, Snuff, and The Fifth Elephant. I will also be looking to add The World of Poo to my collection when it comes out on the 7th of June this year.

So, if you know of the great Pratchett, which are your favourites? And if not, what are you waiting for??

By the way, I know I said I was going to wait for a few days until I posted for the first time.. But you know what Fridays are like 🙂

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The First Post!

Hi everyone! I´ve been blogging professionally for a few months about weddings and I decided it was about time I started my own blog about things I enjoy too (I enjoy writing about weddings too, don´t get me wrong, but books and fashion are closer to my heart).

I´m going to spend these days sorting out the “theme” and structure of this blog before I start posting, there are so many to choose from, I know I am not going to find it an easy task!

So, au revoir for now!

Kezia

P.S If you want to visit my weddingblog you can do so at weddingstoryblog.wordpress.com and bodastoryblog.wordpress.com for the Spanish version/para la versión en castellano 🙂

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