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Subject: Bookshelf Disaster!
Date Posted: 8/19/2008 9:00 PM ET
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I just have to share this disaster with folks who I know will be sympathetic souls. Some relevent background on me: I have a toddler son and a scatter-brained husband. So, scatterbrained husband leaves a full cup of coffee on one of the lower shelves of my bookshelf and walks away. Of course since toddlers seem to excel at creating chaos my son quickly found said cup of coffee (thankfully now completely cooled off) and has a hay-day with the cup, splashing it all over the place ON MY BOOKS! So far the damage count is 25 books with coffee mess somewhere on them! I swear I was nearly in tears and even closer to strangling someone! Lord, what a mess...

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 9:07 PM ET
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Oh Sarah, I'm sorry for your books, but thank goodness the coffee wasn't hot so your wee one didn't get burned.  When will DH be replacing the damaged books?  :-)

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 9:10 PM ET
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Oh yeah, DH was tripping all over himself to make whatever promises would placate me. He knows how I am about my books. I am almost obsessive in my care of them.

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 9:12 PM ET
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OMG!!  I can't even imagine what I would be feeling in your shoes.  DH would be living in his car!

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 9:18 PM ET
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Sarah, I am sending you a credit to help replace some of your books.  I would be in tears if that happened to me.  :)

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 9:18 PM ET
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Oh man, that sucks!  I would have been crying too.  Thank goodness the baby wasn't hurt but, oh my, all those books.

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 9:24 PM ET
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Sherron, that is so sweet! I appreciate your thoughtfulness!

The only thing keeping me from a complete breakdown is that my very nice copy of Winter Garden survived unscathed. Phew...

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 9:24 PM ET
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Oh, ouch! And here I was just feeling sorry for myself because I had rested my book on my chest before changing my gym shirt and created an instant unpostable.

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 10:45 PM ET
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oh no!  it's good that the baby wasn't hurt, but oh..  i can't even imagine how upset i'd be if that happened.  my sympathies.  :(

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 5:17 AM ET
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25!  Oh my sympathies!  The important thing is your little kiddo didn't get hurt, but those poor innocent books!

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 9:32 AM ET
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I'm sending you a couple of credits too, Sarah.  It sounds like they were your keepers too, which sucks even worse.  You should post a list so we can try to help you replace some of them:)

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 11:01 AM ET
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Thank you Kim for being so nice! You ladies are all making me feel much better!

Yeah, they were my keepers. The Lords of the Underworld have all bit the dust. So have my Lilith Saintcrow books and Robin Schone books. A couple Anne Stuart and Laura Kinsale too. And more. *sigh*

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 12:05 PM ET
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I have been collecting a bunch of Robin Schone recently, but I haven't started on any of them yet.  I'll inbox you titles of the ones I'm not keeping as I finish them & we'll see if you want any of them.  She's a new one to me, but I was planning to get into them after I work my way through the rest of the Suzanne Enoch books I have.  I always tend to go to one author and read a few until she starts to bore me:P  I might be able to help with some of the Laura Kinsale stuff too - depending on what it is you need to replace.  I have extras of a few - some my sister currently has, and some she just gave back to me last weekend.  Let me know which ones you need and I'll see what I can do.  I'll give you a really good deal on anything I have extras of.  I know off the top of my head I have paperback copies of Midsummer Moon, My Sweet Folly, and Uncertain Magic, that I can post for you right away, if you want those.  I have hardcover copies that are going to go on my new keeper shelves when I'm finished with all of the home remodeling we're doing.  My sister has The Hidden Heart, The Shadow and the Star, and The Dream Hunter,  which I'm sure I'll get back from her... eventually:P  She has a busy schedule though and doesn't get a lot of spare time for reading, but I doubt she's going to want to keep those.  I do want to read Dream Hunter again before I get rid of it - just to be sure I still don't think it's a keeper:P  For My Lady's Heart and Shadowheart, I don't have extras of, but I do see them from time to time at the UBS, so I can keep an eye out for them.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 12:21 PM ET
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I'm so sorry, Sarah!  Earlier this year, I left one of my brand new keepers on the coffee table and my toddler chewed on the front cover.  I was so upset at myself because I knew better, but 25 is a different story!!  I'm also sending you a couple of credits to help you replace your books.  

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 12:34 PM ET
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Only a few Laura Kinsale books seem to be affected, The Hidden Heart is completely wasted, My Sweet Folly isn't too bad so I think that one will be okay, and The Shadow and the Star which I haven't read yet so I'll just read with coffee stained pages and if it's a keeper (her books usually are) I'll get myself another copy. Thankfully, the rest of that collection survived unscathed.  My husband promised to go to the bookstore and replace the Lilith Saintcrow and Gena Showalter books ASAP. Especially after I threatened to make him start using a sippy cup lol

Thanks again ladies for sharing the credits, it's so very thoughtful! It's nice that we look out for eachother around here :)



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Date Posted: 8/20/2008 12:37 PM ET
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Please post a list Sarah...I will gladly help out if I have any and no credit required.

I would be heartsick if it happened to me...

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 1:20 PM ET
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That's horrible, Sarah. At least only your books got hurt and not your baby. About your DH, I say make him PAY, PAY!!!

And post your list of books - I'd definitely be happy to help to the cause.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 2:19 PM ET
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Well, I spent the morning in the Book Bazaar and was excited to find deals on some Dean Koontz and Karen Ranney books to replace a few in my collection that were destroyed. Problem is, most of the damaged books are WL books here on PBS. Well, I guess it isn't too much of a problem because DH already said he'd replace those with new books.

As far as non-WL books:

All but one of my Anne Stuart "Ice" books took damage, so if anyone has those on their shelves let me know: Black Ice, Cold as Ice, Fire and Ice, Ice Storm

A couple of my T-Flac books (by Cherry Adair) need to be replaced too: On Thin Ice and In Too Deep (the rest just have a few speckles here and there)

A couple Linda Howard: Kill and Tell and Midnight Rainbow

High Intensity and Knight of a Trillion Stars by Dara Joy (my copy of High Energy just has a few spots so I'm going to keep that - High Intensity got SOAKED though)

Bliss and Lady Pirate by Lindsay Sands are pretty much destroyed too (they were haning out by Ranney on my shelf)

An Unlikely Governess by Karen Ranney was the only one I didn't find this morning (got lucky on the Karen Ranney finds)

 

Those are pretty much the non-WL books I'm really aching to replace. There are more but I doubt I'll ever re-read those anyway so I'm in no hurry to replace them and probably should have gotten rid of them a while ago.

I tend to keep my shelves seperated by type, and it was mostly my romantic suspense/thriller books that took the brunt of the damage. I had a few horror books there too and for some reason Karen Ranney, and a few other books one shelf down, took a beating too (I think the coffee leaked back behind the shelf down to the one below).

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 2:42 PM ET
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Sarah, I have KIll and Tell  I can send you. No credit needed. Just pm your address and it's on it's way.  I have a toddler grandson that picked up a warm cup of coffee once and quickly tossed it . The only damage was the cup, walls, and floor.

Bren

 

 

 

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 3:04 PM ET
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Thanks Brenda!

I am definitely feeling better about all this today, thanks to all the L&R ladies :)

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 3:31 PM ET
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And I have a copy of Unlikely Governess you can have.  Just inbox your address.  I have Lady Pirate on my TBR pile, and I can bump that one up a few spots if nobody else has one available.  What did you lose that's wishlisted?

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 4:01 PM ET
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I'll PM you Kim

The WL ones are mostly paranormal romance and urban fantasy series books. I lost the first three Lords of the Underworld series (Gena Showalter) a the first few Dante Valentine books by Lilith Saintcrow, the first three Anna Strong Chronicles books by Jeanne C. Stein, The Lady'sTutor by Robin Schone (The Lover and Gabriel's Woman has a few spots but I think they're okay), and Moonrise by Anne Stuart but that one's not too bad either.

Actually, none of these are really that bad, except the three by Jeanne Stein which are utterly soaked and ruined. The others are just at the tops and corners mostly. Not good for posting and the local UBS won't take them, but they aren't bad. I'm gonna do a detailed sort-though of them but I'll probably just send hubby out for all new copies once he gets paid on most of these.



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Date Posted: 8/20/2008 7:30 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/20/2008 7:37 PM ET
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Sarah - for lack of better words, that truly sucks.  :(  I'm glad your little one isn't hurt.  I do feel your pain - I made the mistake myself of leaving some books out on the table while my 4yr old was coloring.  Needless to say those books now are quite colorful but ruined.

I have both Bliss and Lady Pirate by Sands that you are welcome to, on the house.  I'll just need an address to send them to.  :) 

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 7:58 PM ET
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You ladies are spoiling me. I've been walking around today with a stupid grin on my face. My husband appreciates your efforts too, for sure, because it's getting him out of the doghouse lol

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