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Title: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: eclipse on July 15, 2015, 07:17:06 AM
1 Bending the spine of novels

2 Folding a corner of page so you don't forget where you are in the story

3 Food and drink stains

4 Using the book to kill insects (opened a book with dead swiped insect in middle of book from library)

5 Looks suspiciously like a bogey falling out the book again from library

6 Smells of smoke, luckily you don't get this as often as you once did
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: ScarletBea on July 15, 2015, 07:52:30 AM
Every. Single. One. Of. Those. Above.

And people who write in library books!! The copy I got for Time Machine had been used by a student and it was full of their study notes. If it was any other book, I would have returned it unread.
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: YordanZh on July 15, 2015, 08:02:33 AM
And most importantly - not giving it back to me!  ;D
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: cass4692 on July 15, 2015, 09:51:32 AM
Someone aggressively scribbled out the word God every single time it was used.
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: JMack on July 15, 2015, 11:34:29 AM
Oh, you people would not like me...

I dog ear
I spill
I fold

I don't scribble, but I almost wish I did. (My grandma used to. You get a book of hers passed down, and it has pencil underlining and marginalia. It's a bit like discussing the book with her. She would also but notes into pages to mark favorite passages - again, with pencilled notes.)

And how's this one? I have a candle in a jar on my bedside table. If I blow it out, my wife complains of the smoke. So... I place a book across the top and starve the wick of oxygen. Borrow a book from me and find a sooty mark on the back, and you'll know all about it.

Okay, I now expect to be disowned and eviscerated here on F-F. If there was still Karma, I'd plunge to -20. Come on, have at me.  ;D
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: ScarletBea on July 15, 2015, 11:35:48 AM
 >:(
*reminds self NEVER  to lend books to Jmack*
 ;D
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Raptori on July 15, 2015, 11:50:39 AM
Oh, you people would not like me...

I dog ear
I spill
I fold

I don't scribble, but I almost wish I did. (My grandma used to. You get a book of hers passed down, and it has pencil underlining and marginalia. It's a bit like discussing the book with her. She would also but notes into pages to mark favorite passages - again, with pencilled notes.)

And how's this one? I have a candle in a jar on my bedside table. If I blow it out, my wife complains of the smoke. So... I place a book across the top and starve the wick of oxygen. Borrow a book from me and find a sooty mark on the back, and you'll know all about it.

Okay, I now expect to be disowned and eviscerated here on F-F. If there was still Karma, I'd plunge to -20. Come on, have at me.  ;D

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Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: YordanZh on July 15, 2015, 12:23:22 PM

Okay, I now expect to be disowned and eviscerated here on F-F. If there was still Karma, I'd plunge to -20. Come on, have at me.  ;D

You're kidding, right? You just made my day, thumbs-up from me. :D
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: eclipse on July 15, 2015, 12:41:59 PM
Please tell me you don't pick you nose in bed and stick it inside the book Jmack. I hope you have more class than that and eat it instead hehe
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: JMack on July 15, 2015, 01:13:35 PM

Okay, I now expect to be disowned and eviscerated here on F-F. If there was still Karma, I'd plunge to -20. Come on, have at me.  ;D

You're kidding, right? You just made my day, thumbs-up from me. :D

Well, I don't fold, and I don't write in my books.
I do dog ear.

I've been known to spill. And have you ever eaten potato chips while reading? Crumbs get between the pages and make little oily dots, plus the paper gets raised from the bits of salt. You have to go back through the pages to find the offending crumb and sweep it off. And then there's another.

I do use books for all manner of convenient tasks: propping windows, smooshing down curled paper, and - yes - extinguishing jar candles. What can I say?

No boogers, @Eclipse (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=9661). I'm not even sure I'd recognize one. :p  ;D
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: KazaktheAwesome on July 15, 2015, 02:30:59 PM
The number one thing I hate is people eating sloppily while reading. When I was in third grade, my classroom had a small library comprised of books from our teacher's personal collection.

She would lend the books to us on an honour system but asked us to take care of her books.

I opened one and there were chocolate stains everywhere. Even as an 8-year-old, I felt such anger that both that book and my teacher had been disrespected.

So even though I'm a neat eater, every time I pick up a physical book with food in my hand, I think back to how angry I was and end up putting the food down.
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Hedin on July 15, 2015, 03:13:57 PM
When I was a kid I used to always read at the dinner table.  I kept some of my favorite books to pass on to my kids and when I last thumbed through them I saw there were numerous pasta sauce/pizza sauce/mac n cheese sauce/other unidentifiable stains on many of the pages.  I can only imagine what the library books I borrowed look like. 

I'm with Jmack, if its your book do whatever you want with it.  If you want to scribble or get food stains or attempt to start a fire with it (I'm waiting for the day Jmack forgets to blow the candle out before putting the book on top) then go for it.  Books are meant to be read and used and if it looks like its been used that means it's been handled enough that it was probably loved.  I do draw the line, however, on library books as those aren't yours and should keep them in good condition.
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Overlord on July 15, 2015, 03:31:30 PM
I know other people do this as I've seen pictures, but does anyone else ever use their Kindle as a book mark? O:)
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Overlord on July 15, 2015, 03:32:27 PM
The number one thing I hate is people eating sloppily while reading. When I was in third grade, my classroom had a small library comprised of books from our teacher's personal collection.

She would lend the books to us on an honour system but asked us to take care of her books.

I opened one and there were chocolate stains everywhere. Even as an 8-year-old, I felt such anger that both that book and my teacher had been disrespected.

So even though I'm a neat eater, every time I pick up a physical book with food in my hand, I think back to how angry I was and end up putting the food down.

(http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/2002/10.10/photos/27-book-225.jpg)
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Raptori on July 15, 2015, 03:33:24 PM
(http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/2002/10.10/photos/27-book-225.jpg)
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Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: eclipse on July 15, 2015, 03:39:06 PM

Okay, I now expect to be disowned and eviscerated here on F-F. If there was still Karma, I'd plunge to -20. Come on, have at me.  ;D

You're kidding, right? You just made my day, thumbs-up from me. :D

I'm glad you draw the line somewhere you book reading slob extraordinaire! You

Well, I don't fold, and I don't write in my books.
I do dog ear.

I've been known to spill. And have you ever eaten potato chips while reading? Crumbs get between the pages and make little oily dots, plus the paper gets raised from the bits of salt. You have to go back through the pages to find the offending crumb and sweep it off. And then there's another.

I do use books for all manner of convenient tasks: propping windows, smooshing down curled paper, and - yes - extinguishing jar candles. What can I say?

No boogers, @Eclipse (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=9661). I'm not even sure I'd recognize one. :p  ;D
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Rostum on July 15, 2015, 03:44:50 PM
All of the above plus not returning them when they have borrowed them.

I got a library book where the swearing and sex scenes (nothing particularly raunchy, James bond I think) had been highlighted which was weird and I have heard of library books being censored by the extremely religious (or religious extreme) variety but not highlighted.
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: ScarletBea on July 15, 2015, 04:35:58 PM
(http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/2002/10.10/photos/27-book-225.jpg)
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:'( :'(
 >:(
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Doctor_Chill on July 15, 2015, 04:53:08 PM
Quote
1 Bending the spine of novels

This. Good Lord this.
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Joie on July 15, 2015, 05:46:39 PM
 :o  >:(  :'(
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: JSH on July 15, 2015, 07:05:42 PM
Sticking pages together. With luck they use gum, otherwise that alternative...
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Ryan Mueller on July 15, 2015, 08:58:23 PM
I once read a book from the library that some girl must have really liked. She'd left red lipstick kiss marks all over some of the pages.
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Elfy on July 16, 2015, 12:30:43 AM
I take care of my books (in fact I once loaned one to a friend at work, he read it and returned it, then asked me if I'd ever actually read it, because it was so well looked after that he couldn't believe someone had already read it, clearly a book abuser). I used to dog ear pages when I was a kid, then I read somewhere that you shouldn't and invested in a book mark. So mostly what bugs me is people not looking after the book, and that includes all the stuff already mentioned. However I do let writers scribble on the front pages of their published works.
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: YordanZh on July 16, 2015, 05:48:26 AM
I once read a book from the library that some girl must have really liked. She'd left red lipstick kiss marks all over some of the pages.

Well, I wouldn't mind that too much. :D
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: lauraweymouth on July 16, 2015, 12:25:01 PM
I suppose this one isn't something done TO a book but done WITH a book. Nothing annoys me like having someone come by the house, pick up the book I'm in the middle of, and start reading it. That's the equivalent of walking to my husband and flirting with him while we're standing next to each other. If a book is not on the bookshelf, then clearly we are currently in a committed reading relationship and touching it is the height of rudeness.

Don't even get me started on the person who then inevitably asks to borrow the book, and who I know will be incredibly offended if I say no.
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: ScarletBea on July 16, 2015, 12:41:58 PM
I suppose this one isn't something done TO a book but done WITH a book. Nothing annoys me like having someone come by the house, pick up the book I'm in the middle of, and start reading it. That's the equivalent of walking to my husband and flirting with him while we're standing next to each other. If a book is not on the bookshelf, then clearly we are currently in a committed reading relationship and touching it is the height of rudeness.

Don't even get me started on the person who then inevitably asks to borrow the book, and who I know will be incredibly offended if I say no.

What a great first post :D Welcome!
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Lejays17 on July 16, 2015, 12:47:20 PM
I take care of my books (in fact I once loaned one to a friend at work, he read it and returned it, then asked me if I'd ever actually read it, because it was so well looked after that he couldn't believe someone had already read it, clearly a book abuser). I used to dog ear pages when I was a kid, then I read somewhere that you shouldn't and invested in a book mark. So mostly what bugs me is people not looking after the book, and that includes all the stuff already mentioned. However I do let writers scribble on the front pages of their published works.

Yup, you know which of our books are really loved by the amount of wear-and-tear to them.  ;D  Although, some of the ones with wear-and-tear were pre-loved before we got them.

Even some of my old books barely look read, and some of them are between 50-70 years old, so they should be.

To get back onto topic - my biggest peeve is not respecting a book that has been borrowed from someone else.  "But it's just a book" was a comment I got once from a no-longer friend.  Well, actually it isn't.  It's an important part of my childhood, and one of the few books my dad ever bought me without me asking for it.  :(
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: KazaktheAwesome on July 16, 2015, 01:49:08 PM
The number one thing I hate is people eating sloppily while reading. When I was in third grade, my classroom had a small library comprised of books from our teacher's personal collection.

She would lend the books to us on an honour system but asked us to take care of her books.

I opened one and there were chocolate stains everywhere. Even as an 8-year-old, I felt such anger that both that book and my teacher had been disrespected.

So even though I'm a neat eater, every time I pick up a physical book with food in my hand, I think back to how angry I was and end up putting the food down.

(http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/2002/10.10/photos/27-book-225.jpg)

I might start projectile vomiting everywhere.  :'(
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: cupiscent on July 17, 2015, 01:35:58 AM
Years ago, when I got my thesis back from being marked, there were crumbs of chocolate scattered all through it. But I was ok with that, because I figured having a happy marker could only be good for my grade! :) Still speaking academically, I used to find it useful when I got a book out to find that someone had already highlighted / underlined passages in the chapters I was looking at. Of course, I never knew what grade they'd received on the essay, so maybe I was being led astray...

I am a very, very careful book owner, though I have to balance that with taking the book I'm reading everywhere with me - no matter how careful I am, things get jostled around in my bag and some dents are unavoidable. But yes, I am one of those persnickety people who can read a paperback without creasing the spine.
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: RemadeGold on July 17, 2015, 05:15:21 PM
Haha. I just don't understand people who destroy books.   The book should still close and not have a broken spine when you're done.  And if it's not yours you should return it in the same condition you borrowed it in. :P


I admit I'll dog-ear the very, very corner (no words damaged)  - or, I used to; I don't anymore much, but I only write in non-fiction books. That are mine. :P

And yeah, if you don't return books, I don't loan them to you anymore.
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Takoren on July 17, 2015, 07:54:31 PM
All of that would be a major irritant, but thankfully I've never seen the bogey thing. Disgusting.

I also don't recall ever seeing a bug-splatter on the inside of a book. The outside, though, I've done myself (with a phone book or rolled-up magazine, NOT a novel).

My father folds back the spine on all his books. He says it makes them easier to hold with one hand. Once I realized he does that, I told him he's never borrowing from me, unless I'm done with the book and don't want it back. He's also one of those people that's never heard of a bookmark and dog-ears the pages.

I also hate lending my books out and either A) not getting them back at all or B) getting them back in such a condition that the person I lent it to simply had to have spent a few days in a foxhole in the hottest part of a war. These days I have a VERY short list of people I'll lend to, and even there I tend not to lend anything I really want back.
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Elfy on July 18, 2015, 01:17:29 AM
All of that would be a major irritant, but thankfully I've never seen the bogey thing. Disgusting.

I also don't recall ever seeing a bug-splatter on the inside of a book. The outside, though, I've done myself (with a phone book or rolled-up magazine, NOT a novel).

My father folds back the spine on all his books. He says it makes them easier to hold with one hand. Once I realized he does that, I told him he's never borrowing from me, unless I'm done with the book and don't want it back. He's also one of those people that's never heard of a bookmark and dog-ears the pages.

I also hate lending my books out and either A) not getting them back at all or B) getting them back in such a condition that the person I lent it to simply had to have spent a few days in a foxhole in the hottest part of a war. These days I have a VERY short list of people I'll lend to, and even there I tend not to lend anything I really want back.
Your Dad would be an ideal candidate for an e-reader, can't fold those back and should be able to hold it with one hand, can't dog ear the pages and don't require a bookmark to hold your place.
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Takoren on July 18, 2015, 01:37:38 AM
All of that would be a major irritant, but thankfully I've never seen the bogey thing. Disgusting.

I also don't recall ever seeing a bug-splatter on the inside of a book. The outside, though, I've done myself (with a phone book or rolled-up magazine, NOT a novel).

My father folds back the spine on all his books. He says it makes them easier to hold with one hand. Once I realized he does that, I told him he's never borrowing from me, unless I'm done with the book and don't want it back. He's also one of those people that's never heard of a bookmark and dog-ears the pages.

I also hate lending my books out and either A) not getting them back at all or B) getting them back in such a condition that the person I lent it to simply had to have spent a few days in a foxhole in the hottest part of a war. These days I have a VERY short list of people I'll lend to, and even there I tend not to lend anything I really want back.
Your Dad would be an ideal candidate for an e-reader, can't fold those back and should be able to hold it with one hand, can't dog ear the pages and don't require a bookmark to hold your place.
He has one, but he loves the feeling of holding an actual book. In that, he and I are alike.
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Elfy on July 18, 2015, 02:58:05 AM
All of that would be a major irritant, but thankfully I've never seen the bogey thing. Disgusting.

I also don't recall ever seeing a bug-splatter on the inside of a book. The outside, though, I've done myself (with a phone book or rolled-up magazine, NOT a novel).

My father folds back the spine on all his books. He says it makes them easier to hold with one hand. Once I realized he does that, I told him he's never borrowing from me, unless I'm done with the book and don't want it back. He's also one of those people that's never heard of a bookmark and dog-ears the pages.

I also hate lending my books out and either A) not getting them back at all or B) getting them back in such a condition that the person I lent it to simply had to have spent a few days in a foxhole in the hottest part of a war. These days I have a VERY short list of people I'll lend to, and even there I tend not to lend anything I really want back.
Your Dad would be an ideal candidate for an e-reader, can't fold those back and should be able to hold it with one hand, can't dog ear the pages and don't require a bookmark to hold your place.
He has one, but he loves the feeling of holding an actual book. In that, he and I are alike.
We're actually the same. We both have e-readers, but prefer to read physical books.
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Nighteyes on July 18, 2015, 11:47:13 AM
I suppose this one isn't something done TO a book but done WITH a book. Nothing annoys me like having someone come by the house, pick up the book I'm in the middle of, and start reading it. That's the equivalent of walking to my husband and flirting with him while we're standing next to each other. If a book is not on the bookshelf, then clearly we are currently in a committed reading relationship and touching it is the height of rudeness.

Don't even get me started on the person who then inevitably asks to borrow the book, and who I know will be incredibly offended if I say no.

My mum does that. I find it quite endearing and like that someone else might enjoy a book I am enjoying.
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Saurus on August 24, 2015, 11:17:03 PM
I used to dog ear pages as a child.. :-[ I also ate a lot while reading (or perhaps never stopped reading, even when eating?), and I can be such a sloppy piglet when I eat. @Raptori (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=38840) often says we need to get a bib for me.

Nowadays I look after my books well and take extra care not to spill when eating ^_^
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Yora on August 25, 2015, 03:40:25 PM
Do you know how you can share a paperback with a friend even though you have not finished it yet?

Give them the first half and keep the other until you finished it.  :D
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Raptori on August 25, 2015, 03:45:56 PM
Do you know how you can share a paperback with a friend even though you have not finished it yet?

Give them the first half and keep the other until you finished it.  :D
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Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on August 25, 2015, 03:52:25 PM
Do you know how you can share a paperback with a friend even though you have not finished it yet?

Give them the first half and keep the other until you finished it.  :D
That doesn't only apply to paperbacks. Though you might need some tools when lending hardbacks...  ;)
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: ScarletBea on August 25, 2015, 03:54:42 PM
Do you know how you can share a paperback with a friend even though you have not finished it yet?

Give them the first half and keep the other until you finished it.  :D
EVIL!!! >:( >:(

 :'( poor book, destroyed :'(
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: eclipse on March 28, 2016, 08:42:17 AM
Coffee Rings on top of pages just had that one recently again
Title: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Blackthorn on March 28, 2016, 11:48:42 AM
Ive never cared about a book having a broken spine,  sometimes things happen.
       When we read sleepy hollow in class there were several passages that had been marked off in sharpie, I understand why but it annoys me because I still don't know exactly what was under those marks.

My number one problem, why can't my favorite bookstore use price tags that,  once ive purchased the book, will peel cleanly off the cover.
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: eclipse on April 29, 2018, 08:19:11 AM
@Bradley Darewood does all of the above ????
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: J.R. Darewood on April 29, 2018, 10:22:41 AM
Oooooohhhh I hate the price-tag problem.

@Eclipse I am the patron saint of well-treated books (except when they are damaged from me hurling them across the room, or melting in extreme heat)
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: eclipse on April 29, 2018, 10:25:55 AM
Oooooohhhh I hate the price-tag problem.

@Eclipse I am the patron saint of well-treated books (except when they are damaged from me hurling them across the room, or melting in extreme heat)

Is that what you do with Mr Sanderson books? ????
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: J.R. Darewood on April 29, 2018, 12:00:13 PM
Oooooohhhh I hate the price-tag problem.

@Eclipse I am the patron saint of well-treated books (except when they are damaged from me hurling them across the room, or melting in extreme heat)

Is that what you do with Mr Sanderson books? ????

Haha his are in pristine condition bc I can never make it very far
Title: Re: Annoying things done to books by other people
Post by: Dark Squiggle on April 30, 2018, 03:24:51 PM
I had a copy of Lord of the Rings That used to belong to my mother that skipped right from the Balrog to the Ents  >:( I hate books that are missing chunks.
I try to read with bookmarks, but I'm not afraid of damaging books.
I have a copy of A Tale of Two Cities and a copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban that were both illustrated by their previous owners (between paragraphs, in the margins, at the end of chapters...). I love them, and I did the same to my copy (now my sister's copy) of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, but it took a lot of time and effort, so I only did it once.
I also like finding other people's annotations in a book - it's fun to have a (preferably long-dead) reading partner.
I bought a book on fishing on Amazon once that came smeared in blood, which was annoying, but it was still legible.
Books are meant to be read and loved. Some people love things quite harshly. My copy of Eragon has been read at least 25 times by at least 10 people, one of whom is my rather violent sister, and it is full of torn pages, is missing its back cover, has stains of all kinds, some pages have been glued back in, and because of that, it is one of my favorite books.