It is the first official week of winter break. What are my plans? Good question audience member in the interwebs.
For the rest of this month I have a few things I want to get done. First off the cram-a-thon starts at the end of this week so I’m going to be cramming in some books. My TBR for this will be up this week so look out for that!
I also want to finish the Shatter Me series. And one of my best friend and I plan on buddy reading a book, though we haven’t picked one out yet.
Also I got my first book for review! Thank you so much to J.D Netto for letting me review The Whisper of the Fallen series in preparation for the third book! I have started The Whisper of the Fallen but haven’t even made it threw the first chapter yet because I just started it.
The last thing I really want to finish this month is Pokemon Ruby. So hopefully my thoughts on this game will be on here soon.
Other than that I have to narrow down my top 14 books of 2014. But I am pretty set on what my next few blog posts will be about.
So ya that’s my update. Let me know what your plans for this month are! 😀
If you follow my Instagram, then you may already know about my issue with Shatter Me by Tehereh Mafi. To be honest I have nothing against this book. I was enjoying it and hoping to finish it right before Dewey’s 24 hour read-a-thon in October. I was only 100 pages away from finishing when I discovered my book was misprinted. Instead of chapters 37 – 41 I had a extra set of chapters 32 – 36.
And now don’t get me wrong misprints happen now and then. We can’t all be perfect and publishers make so many books to be sent out that it’s bound to happen.
But what made me upset was how HarperCollins went about the way to replace a misprint.
I bought Shatter Me on Amazon in August. However I was not able to read it right away. Amazon’s return policy is 30 days which also means I could not return my copy and get a new one for them. Not knowing what I should do I went ahead and emailed Tahereeh Mafi. Now her website did say she was bad about getting back to emails so her not responding to my email was not why I became so mad.
I waited a week before trying Tahereh’s publicist that was listed on her website for special orders. I did not know if this person could help me but in my email I asked if they could point me in the right directions of who to contact. Not even a minute later my email bounced back saying that the email was non existent. This did frustrate me a little because all I wanted was to talk to someone who could tell me what to do. I didn’t know that was such a hard thing to ask for.
When the email bounced back I decided to go to the publisher HarperCollins. I did not know who to contact for this issue because in their customer service page there was 5 different people to contact for different issues and misprints were not one. So I decided to contact the customer service person for general questions.
I got a response right away however the email was not customer friendly. They asked for ISBN number, my name, address and phone number. And then stated that I needed to return my book from place of purchase and get a replacement through whoever I purchased my book from.
This pissed me off.
1. I understand needing the ISBN number but without telling me WHY you needed my address and phone number makes me nervous. I do not want to be in a database that I do not know about. DO NOT ASK ME FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION WITHOUT TELLING ME WHY YOU NEED IT. Seriously this is like a golden rule of the internet.
2. I can’t return my book from place of purchase because I bought it over two months ago. And what if this was a gift? Am I going to have to say to my grandma “hey this book you bought months ago for my birthday needs’ to be returned because it was misprinted and that’s what the publisher wants. Sorry Grandma.”?
After I gave them the information they needed I received this email.
Really? A “One time curtsey” replacement on a mistake THAT WAS YOUR’S? It isn’t like I went to Amazon and asked for a misprint copy! When I purchased my book I was hoping to read all the way through it. Not stop at chapter 36!
I am sorry HarperCollins that your policy for a MISTAKE ON YOU leads a customers to have to return an item that they spent their hard earned money one to get a replacement. Really? IT WAS YOUR MISTAKE NOT MINE!
I did receive my replacement copy within a week after I talked to customer service so the timely manner of me receiving the book was good. But the fact that it was such a headache to get a replacement makes me so frustrated with this publisher that I do not want to do business with them anymore.
But I will because I need to read the rest of the Shatter Me series and I am sure they will publish more young adult books that I will read.
Though I will make sure next time to NOT ASK HARPERCOLLINS FOR ANYTHING.
I am going to go pet my puppy now to de-stress. Thank you for reading my rant.
For my first 24 hour readathon I was so nervous! But I did it! Now I didn’t read every hour, that was pretty hard when my mom wanted me to help out with some early Christmas shopping. But none the less I am proud with how I did.
Hours before (ok the morning before) the readathon started, I finished Obsidian by Jennfier L. Armentrout. I counted this toward my readathon books read because the book was on my TBR for the readathin. I already have a review for this book so if you want to hear more on what I thought you can click here.
Next I went to read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This was going really well and I was hoping to finish the book. I was on chapter 36 when I found something wrong with my book. Chapters 37 through 41 were missing and in their places laid a extra copy of chapters 32 through 36. I did mange to get to Barns and Noble during the readathon but sadly they were out of stuck for Shatter Me. I was able to read a total of 248 pages even though I did not get a chance to finish the book. And if you are wondering I was really enjoying the book!
Finally on the last 12 hours I read Vampirates by Justin Somper. I did not enjoy this book as much as I had hoped to. The action was a little to slow for me. But I realized when reading it that this was a middle grade book. Maybe even a advanced elementary grade book. So it is understandable why the plot was slow and it was hard to read. It was because I am so use to fast past action and fast world building. Also I love complicated characters and while you get some complicated characters in this book they are not as complicated as I would have liked them to be. Don’t get me wrong this was a enjoyable book but it was just to young for me. I gave it a 2.5 out of 5 stars.
In total I read 935 pages. I really enjoyed the readathon even though I had no idea what I was doing other than reading. I know realized that every hour I could have entered the book I was reading and how many pages I had read and also signed up for prizes on the Dewey’s website. I did not know until now, almost 24 hours after the readathon that those things were happening. But even though I didn’t win anything I won getting my TBR pile down for this month which helped and I definitely will be participating in the Dewey’s 24 hour readathin next time! If you want to see what kinds of fun a Dewey’s 24 hour readthon brings you can click here to go to their website.
I am so so so excited to join in on the Dewey’s 24 hour readthon happening October 18th! This will be my first time doing a 24 hour redathon! I do not plan on getting to all of my TBR books in the picture above but I hope to get through at lest two! If you want to join me all you hare to do is sign up. There are different start times for different places and they have them all listened on the Dewey’s 24 hour readthon site which you can find here.
I will be updating on my instagram which you can ind here, during the readathon.
For my area I start at 6 a.m. Good luck to everyone who is participating and READ READ READ.