Cover Issues

Yesterday, I told you about my four favorite non-book blogs.  Read about them here.  Jenny of The Bloggess has written a book, called Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir).  She is so laugh-out-loud funny that I knew I had to read her book.  I decided to buy it as a hardback because I like having hard copies of my non-fiction books.  It makes it easier for me to pick them up and read a few chapters when the mood strikes me.  

I am a loyal Amazon Prime member, and they had the cheapest price, so I ordered Let's Pretend This Never Happened from Amazon.  I had two problems with this order: first, Amazon sent me my book included with a gift I ordered for Natalie's older son's birthday.  That's usually not a problem, except the book was on top of the gift in the box, and there was no padding around the book.  When I went to open the box, my letter opener scratched the cover of my book, since it was pressed up against the opening of the box.  Ugh, problem number one.  

Problem number two is that, because there was no bubble wrap or any type of padding in the box, and the gift was larger than the book, that the book shifted around during transit and the dust jacket got crumpled on the edges.  You know how I am about my books, especially dust jackets.  I can't stand them to be damaged in any way.  Picky, I know, but I can't help it.  I left the book out for two days, looking at it, trying to decide if it was worth my effort to return it.  I couldn't decide on my own so I decided to ask Toby (my husband) about it.  Here's a recounting of our conversation:

Me:  "I ordered this book from Amazon and they didn't package it correctly so the jacket is crumpled."

Toby: "What book?"  (the book was right in front of him but he was watching TV)

Me: "This one right here."

Toby: "Why did you order such a weird-a$% book?"  (Admittedly, the cover is kooky but that is part of Jenny's charm).

Me:  "One of my favorite bloggers wrote it and I wanted to read it.  It's on my budget in case you were wondering."  (I have a monthly allowance for clothes, books, shoes, etc).

Toby:  "Okay, so what's the problem?"

Me: "The jacket, the jacket is crumpled.  See?"

Toby: "I guess it is...I never would have noticed it if you hadn't pointed it out to me.  Return it if it's bothering you that much."

Me: *sighs* "I think I will have to."

I was too upset to take a picture of my damaged book.  I ended up returning it for a replacement from Amazon.  I will let you know in what condition my replacement book arrives.   



  1. Good for you! You paid for that book and it should be perfect. :)

    My husband probably would have said, "What happened? Funny cover. You should return it, if you don't it will just bother you."

    He knows how picky I am.

  2. I'd return it. I got a book from Amzn that had damage on the spine. I couldn't stand it, I had to return it for another one. Sometimes Amzn does good with the shipping, other times not so much.

  3. Hey.. I agree. I like my book covers perfect. And too often places do this. I recently read about Game Stop trying to give away the worst disks... now I ask to see them first!


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