Book Blasphemy

31 Mar

Have you ever used a book in vain?

I’ve gone over the weird and wonderful things we’ve used when there was nary a bookmark in sight (or, as I suspect, when we just wanted to be bookishly quirky). Now I’m wondering, have you ever taken it one step further and used a book for a non-book purpose?

Books make up my poor man’s nightstand: Ikea boxes + tower of books + magazines stacked on top, et voila: the perfect perch for my morning multigrain Cheerios.

Yesterday I used a special edition Harry Potter to prop up a misbehaving printer power cord.

And I’ve possibly used a phone book for kindling, but never a real book.

What about you? Other forms of book furniture? Anything more inventive?

My book tower isn't nearly this fancy

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12 Responses to “Book Blasphemy”

  1. Chrisbookarama March 31, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    I’ll I can remember using books for, besides reading, is to flatten other things.

    • Lija March 31, 2010 at 11:29 am #

      Like flowers? (that’s sweet) Or bugs? (not as much)

  2. Lisa Gee March 31, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    Left my copy of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies under a projector in a meeting about end of life care…

    Does that count?

    • Lija March 31, 2010 at 11:55 am #

      Yes. That’s quite the image.

  3. obsidianrazor March 31, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    Hmm, they’re used as a chunky table-cloth. And a visitor to my house tried to use Steve Erikson’s Rubicon Beach as a clipboard, when they picked it up off of a perfectly good table. The nerve! Needless to say, they are not invited back.

    • Lija March 31, 2010 at 11:56 am #

      I like the chunky table cloth thing. That’s what I’ll tell someone next time they think my desk is messy.

  4. savidgereads March 31, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    I have been known to use a pile of incomings as a doorstop. I have also used them as paperweights on my desk when I have too much going on and the window open (so we are very safe at this time of year) other than that I try not to deface or neglect them if I can help it.

    • Lija March 31, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

      I also try not to deface them (still feeling bad over my university days of scribbling in PEN). But sometimes you just need a book-shaped object to get the job done.

  5. Riff Randell April 2, 2010 at 12:51 am #

    I’ve used them as window props before, but as far as anything else is concerned, I don’t think so… No wait, not true. I’ve used many a large, hardcover picture book as a breakfast-in-bed tray.

    • Lija April 3, 2010 at 11:14 am #

      That sounds delish.

  6. rachelle April 4, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    I agree. I am certain that I have used books for multi purpose needs. I’ts wierd because I know I do, but I can’t think *looks around bedroom*. Def’ to prop my coffee in the morning is a classic. My father once put money in his books so he’d forget and be pleasantly surprised when reading … I’ve always found that sweet.

    • Lija April 4, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

      Nice! That kinda fits in with the weird bookmark post I did as well. Finding old to-do lists in your books is like finding a little time capsule.

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