An ode to broken spines: Why I gave them up for audiobooks

So let’s pretend I still have any readers back from 2013. This blog began as “Cracking the Binding.” There wasn’t much reason for the name besides liking the sound of it. I was actually in the “books are sacred” club back then, never daring to dog-ear a page or to even carry around a book with its dust jacket on so it wouldn’t get ruined.

But I love what a broken spine represents. It proves the book was well-loved. That the book was set face down so you wouldn’t lose your spot. You can imagine the book opened wide so the reader could squeeze one last chapter in before bed. It’s enthusiasm in one of the purest forms. If you love it for long enough, they even start to fall apart, like my well-worn copy of the Chamber of Secrets.

But life changes; it even changes the way you read sometimes.

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Quotes from “Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris

Alexander Skarsgard and Anna Paquin as Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse in HBO's "True Blood." Photo credit:
Alexander Skarsgard and Anna Paquin as Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse in HBO’s “True Blood.” Photo credit:

I have some quotes for you. I know so many people, like my mother and I, are getting psyched up for the new season of HBO’s “True Blood.” In honor of next weekend’s premiere, I have quotes and will review the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, “Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris. Continue reading “Quotes from “Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris”

A happy birthday to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and an elementary review

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

To those who follow days of literary importance, you’ll already know today is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday. Writing him off as simply an author would be a great understatement. Conan Doyle was a man of many faces, which makes him memorable enough for me to be talking about him almost 83 years after his death.

I could go on an on about his exploits, but I’m here to talk about his lasting contribution: Sherlock Holmes. The original Holmes collection is made up of four novels and 56 short stories, but it has since become so much more than words on paper. These tales of mystery and deduction are regarded as some of the best works of crime fiction of all time.

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Update on new bookstore – Broken Shelves of Gainesville

My haul from Broken Shelves
My haul from Broken Shelves

I finally made it to Broken Shelves! I know I mentioned it in a brief post last month but they had their grand opening April 5. So here are my thoughts.

The store:

The store itself is pretty small, but that’s understandable as a small business. I’d compare it to the size of my apartment (less than 500 square feet), with shelves lining the walls and a few lounging areas (couch, egg chair and some stools). I’d describe it as someplace in an indie movie where the lead character sits and drinks coffee and is trying to write the novel of the century. For those of you in Gainesville, it’s in the Sun Center downtown, near Alter Ego and the old Gainesville Sun headquarters. Continue reading “Update on new bookstore – Broken Shelves of Gainesville”

A defense of children’s books on International Children’s Book Day

Today is Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday and, as such, it is also International Children’s Book Day.

Many people grow out of children’s books like they grow out of sippy cups and bright pink overalls.  I’ve heard cynics denounce children’s books for being naïve, simplistic and irrelevant passed a certain age.

I must stand up for children’s books on their day of honor.

Sure, children’s books are written for children, have small words and only have a line or two on each page. But beauty lies in their simplicity. Continue reading “A defense of children’s books on International Children’s Book Day”