When I first started blogging (nearly a year ago now!), I wrote post after post waxing lyrical on why I hated hardback books. Hated hardbacks! I would force myself to wait for a new release until it was in a paperback version. But I am standing here today, almost a year later, to say that I am cured of my hardback hating ways!
This process can actually be broken down in three easy steps:
1) The Harsh Reality
New releases are usually hardback only. This is a DUH moment, but once I realized that I didn’t want to wait 9-18 months for a paperback release, it was pretty easy to get over myself. There is NO WAY that I would have waited almost a year for Ignite Me, or Avalon, or Cress! That’s just re-donk-ulous. Why did it take me so long to realize that I have zero patience and will never survive the wait for my most anticipated reads of the year?
2) I Am a Very Clumsy Person
Hardback is far more durable. There’s just something really fantastic about being able to confidently shove a hardback into my purse and know that after eight hours at work it will still emerge as flawless as before. Paperbacks do tend to get bent in the black hole that I call a purse! Those poor things. I bet they scream in their little paperback voices when it happens. “SAVE ME FROM THE MONSTER!”
3) The Touch Test
I am a very sensory-oriented person, and am very specific about what textures and fabrics I’ll allow touching my skin. I’ve learned to love that solid, strong feeling that you can only get by holding that nice new hardback in your hands. Paperbacks have their uses, but they do bend a lot. I almost feel formidable when holding a hardback – I have a weapon! Trust me – those things hurt when they hit skin. My knees can attest to the fact. Plus, for whatever reason, hardbacks give that “don’t touch me I’m reading” signal a lot better than paperbacks can.
So, it’s official! I ultimately love a hardback over the paperback versions, though I will buy a paperback when I want to read the book, but I’m not sure I’ll love it. But then I run into this problem (which I’m experiencing with Cinder by Marissa Meyer): I fall in love with it, and now I have to hunt down a hardback copy to match the rest of the series! Though Costco has Cinder in hardback for $11 right now… Might need to make another trip!