Welcome to another Booking Through Thursday, our bookish place to explore intriguing topics.
Inspired by a conversation with a coworker the other day:
It’s time for summer reading, so … today’s question? What’s the worst thing you ever did to your reading material? Sand in the bindings from the beach? Dropped into the pool? Covers smeared with sunscreen?
And, if you’ve never done actual summer-time damage … have you EVER damaged your book/magazine/paper? Dropped it in the bathtub? Used it to kill a bug? Spilled with coffee?
Ah, yes, the food and drink on the pages! I am usually very careful, but unfortunately, sometimes spills happen.
Probably the worst one yet was one day when I was enjoying dinner and a glass of wine at Marie Callender’s, and also finishing up a book I was enjoying…well, I did fine. Until it was time to pack up the carton with leftovers…and as I began, I clumsily hit the still half-full glass of wine and toppled it onto the book. Thoroughly soaking the pages!
I was distraught. Not only because I was afraid the book was ruined—but that I appeared clumsy…and perhaps drunk? But I swear I was just clumsy…lol.
Fortunately, the book dried and I was able to finish it. But the pages are still stained. A memento, if you will.
It was The Turnaround, by George Pelecanos: click for review.
What is your worst tale? Was it as embarrassing as mine? No worries….just share.