I love reading and I love books. Proper books, with pages that you turn over. (Remember those?)
I’m known for keeping my books pristine. I don’t bend the spine, and I definitely don’t turn over the corners of the pages! If I lend you my book and you turn down the corners…well, I’d make sure you can run away quickly!!!
So page 2 of WTJ instructs me to ‘Crack The Spine’. Do whaaaaaat??? Yes, yes, they expect you to deliberately yank back the covers so that the spine creases.
What do you think I am, some sort of animal????
I admit, I had to work up the courage to do this one, but it’s kind of freeing to do it!! The point of this book isn’t to keep it perfect, after all – it’s got to be wrecked!
Am I the only person who feels a sense of relief when I get my first scratch on my mobile phone/iPod screen? Because all the pressure is off then – it’s no longer perfect, so another little scratch or mark won’t make a difference because it was already ruined anyway.
So in the same way, cracking that spine made it easier for me to stop treating my WTJ like a precious stone. I don’t think I’d have enjoyed myself so much with the other pages if I hadn’t have forced myself to take that step!
I have managed to rope one of my friends into this Wrecking lark, but I have yet to convince her to conquer this demon. If you’re reading this, you know who you are – Crack it, CRACK IT!!!
(I apologise for the poor photos. It’s night time, and the lighting in this room isn’t great. I will try to do better in future.)
- The Cracked Spine: S. J. Watson’s “Before I Go To Sleep” (dreamindemon.com)
- Why the rage? (nodamnblog.wordpress.com)
- WTJ [Image Heavy] (hautalken.wordpress.com)