Here it is, the end of another month already. Not to mention, the end of the first quarter. So, time for another wrap-up. But first, a bit of a rant.
I had a gift card from Barnes and Noble and bought 3 books online with it (I normally don't shop at big box bookstores). One of my purchases was People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, a book I've been looking forward to for months. A few weeks after it arrived, I had my must-reads read and was able to dive into it. It was going along swimmingly, I was so into the story and the intrigue. One night I was a hundred pages or so from the end, thinking I might stay up late and finish it. And then -- I noticed that after page 258 - there was page 195 again. Hmmm. I looked ahead and realized that the previous 60 pages were repeated and the 60 pages that should have been there were missing! WTF???
Obviously I wasn't going to finish it that night. I dashed off an email to B and N with my order number, thinking they'd apologize profusely and overnight me a new copy. Instead their reply was something along the lines of 'we're sorry, it's been more than 14 days since you received this order, therefore we cannot accept returns.' OK, number one? How many people examine a new book to make sure all the pages are there when they buy it? And two? this is a defective book and someone needs to take responsibility for supplying me with a good copy of it. B and N suggested I contact the publisher.
Penguin's website states that in order for them to accept a return, the book must have been purchased from them directly. I sent them an email about it. They have not responded.
I sent B and N another email explaining Penguin's policy. They have not responded.
I went into Powell's to buy a new copy (and checked to make sure all the pages were in order); when I told the cashier my tale of woe, she was very sympathetic -- and even gave me a 10% discount on the book!
Which brings me to the point of this rant: buy local. I still hope to resolve this with either B and N or Penguin. I'll keep you posted! Have you ever had a defective book, and if so, what was the outcome?
Favorite reads so far in 2009:
The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
The Road Home by Rose Tremain
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Update on my reading challenges:
125 books in 2009: 26/125 - not quite at a quarter. I need to make up a few books in the second quarter!
What's in a Name: completed 6/6 DONE!
Decades Challenge: completed 6/10.
The Orange Prize and Booker Prize challenges are perpetual, but I've set a personal goal to read 12 of each this year (some are crossovers). Orange Prize: 5/12; Booker Prize: 3/12.
Dewey's Books: 3/5
Pub Challenge: 4/9
Short Stories: 11/25
Jane Austen: 0/1
Classics (other than Austen): 2/4
These last two are personal challenges. By my definition, Classic is any book older than me that has a high level of notoriety. There are a few exceptions (e.g. To Kill A Mockingbird).
I've made good progress since my last update!
I hope you're enjoying your Sunday.
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