The other day, in wishing a fellow author good luck with a project, I was reminded why I don’t like the phrase for such purposes. It smacks of “because you’ll need it!” to me, which isn’t quite the sentiment I had in mind. So I think writers need their own alternative for well-wishes, just as theatre rats have “break a leg.”
I think readers should have one, too. Something you might say to the friend who’s heading off to the bookstore or library when you want them to find something especially delicious to take home and fall into. Something along the lines of “Back strain!” or “New bifocals!” Not that either would work so well for young readers.
The best I can do for either sentiment, I think, is “Bust a spine!” As in, the book will be so pored over that its poor spine will crack.
But I’m sure many of you will have better ideas. So what are they?