Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hardcovers: The Glory and the Horror


I have a hardcover book (yes, it's Going Bovine, yes I am loving it) that is about 800 pages long. I take it on the subway. I put it in my purse. I lug it from bedroom to living room to laundry room only to read 10 pages at a go. It's like take your brick to work week and I've had about enough. Oh, it's good. I love the cover. I love that I was so excited to read it I simply could not wait for the paperback edition that was sure to follow the hardcover release. I love how I feel like a 10 year old girl reading the library's copy of Little Women. But seriously. It's become my albatross and I'm itching to finish it, just to give my triceps a break. Oh, the kids today are all about the paperbacks, slide a copy into the back pocket of your dungarees on your way to the drag race or sock-hop and as a modern girl how can I blame them? I also seem to remember getting hardcovers from the library and they often had tiny paper-colored mites on them that you were never quite sure were real until you lightly smashed one with an index finger. And that they smelled like vanilla and the desert. Oh dear readers (all 3 of you), what was the last hardcover YOU read? I'm dying to know...

5 comments:

suzie townsend said...

I'm crazy for hardcovers. For some reason, I'd much rather lug them around than read paperbacks (must be a stubborn streak). But the last one I finished was WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED by Judy Blundell. Right now I'm lugging around HOURGLASS by Claudia Gray, but I haven't cracked it open yet.

Fin Keegan said...

Great post, Arlaina.

Zadie Smith's new book of non-fiction was my last hardback, just a few weeks back. I really recommend them--mixture of memoir pieces, essays, and film/lit crit: she's fantastic.

I love hardback books. The older and poorer I get the more I covet them (having seen what is happening to my poor old Penguin paperbacks from the 1980s).

Suzette Saxton said...

Sounds like it's time for you to invest in a Kindle!

I'm in the same boat, actually, with a slightly smaller brick. Fallen by Lauren Kate. I am liking the story, but think that I might get into it more if I could read more than three pages at a go.

Jillian said...

Hi there!

Just found your blog and figured I'd jump in with a comment. I just finished rereading "Memoirs of a Geisha" for what seems like it should be about the 83rd time, but it's still so wonderfully vivid.

Max Watman said...

"True Confections" was/is the last, but I read in hardcover lots. I like it because I keep books and paperbacks fall apart.