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Subject: Have you ever bought a book and then wished you hadn't?
Date Posted: 11/14/2009 8:04 PM ET
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I had this happen to me recently.  I bought a romance book - not one recommended by PBS - but one I saw in the grocery store and I thought it would be a nice romance story to sit back and read.  It turned out to be a story about a guy who did nothing but force himself on a girl throughout the entire story!!  In the very end, she fell in love with him, and I was bothered by this.  I guess I l ike stories where the the main guy and main girl are attracted to each other and get together because they like each other.   I don't know, I guess I just didnt' like it.  i wish I'd got something else.  I have no book to read!  Guess i'll wait for Thanksgiving and read my books I have at home then! lol! :)



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Date Posted: 11/14/2009 8:16 PM ET
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Angie!  Wasn't your account closed?  I even posted a thread asking what happened to you.  I was going through my buddy list using the note feature to mark my TBR WL books with buddy names and it said your account was closed.

 

And yes I frequently buy books and then pick them up some time later and go "why did I ever buy this?". 

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 8:17 PM ET
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lol...I did the same thing with a Catherine Coulter book at Walmart not long after I joined PBS.

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 8:26 PM ET
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Mary, yeah, it was closed for awhile when I started back to school.  But i'm back now.  :)  I was just asking if anyone else had ever been there. 

Sarah - I've read some of Catherine Coulter's books (The Maze) and I liked that, have you considered reading it???

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 8:29 PM ET
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Yes, I bought a hardback copy of Jennifer Weiner's new book that was a sequel to Good In Bed.  I could only read about 40 pages and it was so bad I can't even remember the name!

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 8:34 PM ET
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I've bought plenty I  wish I hadn't.

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 8:58 PM ET
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What Susanna said! 

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 9:14 PM ET
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Yeah, me too, what they said above. Every now and then a clunker gets into the bag I bring home from the book store. And they SOUNDED so good, too, especially the ones with a plot I always enjoy.

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 9:26 PM ET
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Welcome back.

I bought a book recently that I knew was WL.  Then when I got home I realized it was the 3rd of the series. So I order books 1 and 2 from here. I liked .  The WL line was moving so rapidly for book 3 that when it got down from 80+ to only a couple of people I decided to read 2 adn 3 out of order. Well 3 was so bad that I gave it up after about 50 pages and now I don't want to read book 2.  They were romances with basically an independant stories so it's not like 3 gave away book 2-especially since I didn't finish.  But I'm just worried that book 2 will be just as aweful.

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 9:29 PM ET
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This happened to me plenty of times before I joined PBS. It's harder now to justify buying books when I have a stockpile of credits(and a TBR mountain) so I'm much more particular about the books I actually buy new.

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 9:40 PM ET
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Usually the books I buy are pretty good, and I pass them along after reading them to my DM so she can read them too!  Thank you, Mary for the welcome back! :)  Thank you guys for your replies to this thread!  I love L&R because it's like replying to a book family! :)

 

Jennifer - As soon as I get my debit card, I'm stocking back up on credits - and paying back the one I owe to the kind person who loaned it to me - but now I'm just waiting impatiently! Ugh!!! :) Glad you are stocked up on credits and on books you want to order.  :)



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Date Posted: 11/15/2009 8:05 AM ET
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Yeah I do it less now with PBS. My TBR is so huge-the only books I auto-buy are from favorite authors that can do no wrong for me.  I still buy some new to me authors new but it's usually only after I've read an excerpt or heard people raving about it here.  I go up to Borders once a week, look at books, make a list and then add them to my reminder or wish list here.  I love that a lot of the online book sellers put excerpts up.   



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Date Posted: 11/15/2009 8:45 AM ET
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The Coulter book I had picked up was a reprint of Devil's Bride, which is about as old school as it gets. There's a pretty graphic rape scene, the heroine runs away from the hero and sleeps with another guy, I think there may have even been a secret baby, don't really remember now.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 9:17 AM ET
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I do it all the time. I usually do this at walmart , so at least it isn't full price.  I really need to control my impulse buying.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 10:15 AM ET
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Many, many times. A lot less often now that I acquire most of my books through PBS.  I pay a lot more attention to reviews here and on Amazon.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 10:15 AM ET
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I rarely buy new books since joining PBS.  If I do, it's a known author so my chances of getting a stinker are less.

Usually, I write down titles and request them on PBS.  That way if I get a book I dislike, I can just repost it.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 1:04 PM ET
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I figure even if you buy a book and end up hating it the hours you spent reading it divided by the price makes it a very cheap form of entertainment.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 1:49 PM ET
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I try not to buy books more than $4.00 a piece. The last one I bought for more than that was The Rivals by Mechele Armstrong. Bleh. I wish I hadn't spent like $10 on that one. It sounded so good, but it disappointed me.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 3:12 PM ET
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Heheh. I just bought a book yesterday, got home and read some reviews and every. single. review is horrible horrible horrible.  And there were lots of reviews.  I'm seriously considering taking it back to the book store as it cost 16 dollars.  I can get a potentially sucky book from the library for free thank you very much.

It's not uncommon for me to buy books I wish I hadn't, but I am getting better.  My TBR pile is growing to massive proportions so for the most part (yesterday's disaster aside) I buy books by the same old same old authors that I trust.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 3:54 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/15/2009 8:27 PM ET
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Well, I did it.  I returned the horrible reviews book (anyone who wants to know what it was can pm me) and got 2 MMPB that I know I'll enjoy cause I like the author.  I've never return a book before, but I'm glad I did. 

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 8:52 PM ET
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That's great, Crystal! That's way too much to spend on a book you won't even like!

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Date Posted: 11/16/2009 12:16 PM ET
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of course.

but even worse was when my sister gave me this really awful book and i kept thinking this just has to get better.  it didn't and she thought it was awful too.  Since then any time she gives me a book she has to assure me that it is better than the book about the moles.

Date Posted: 11/16/2009 1:02 PM ET
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Too many to count.  But pbs and amazon reviews have helped that problem.

Margy

Date Posted: 11/16/2009 1:13 PM ET
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Rhonda, I just have to ask, what book about Moles?

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