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 “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer

Wi-fi is out at my apartment so your post comes to you via my local library
Wi-fi is out at my apartment so your post comes to you via a campus library

I actually finished a book, you guys!

Granted, it’s not “1Q84” like I had originally planned — my library loan expired, but I’m back on the waiting list — but I’ve wanted to read “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” for a while now. I hate watching the movie and not knowing how it compares to the book.

Anyways, here are some of my favorite quotes from the book.

I’ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.

You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.

Everything that’s born has to die, which means our lives are like skyscrapers. The smoke rises at different speeds, but they’re all on fire, and we’re all trapped.

My full review will be posted tomorrow