Monday, May 25, 2009

Mailbox Monday (May 25)

As you might have guessed, I couldn’t resist dropping into a couple of bookstores while I was on vacation. My first stop was Banyen Books and Sound in Vancouver, where I picked up a copy of Top of My Lungs: Poems and Paintings by Natalie Goldberg, one of my favourite authors. (If you write or aspire to write, you must read Writing Down the Bones, one of the best writing guides out there.) I also bought Getting Unstuck Without Coming Unglued: A Woman’s Guide to Unblocking Creativity by Susan O’Doherty, which sounds good too.

While I was in Squamish, I popped into The Bookshelf, a new and secondhand bookstore, and picked up a nearly brand-new copy of What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman, which I’d seen on someone’s blog recently. (This was the only book I managed to finish in its entirety during my vacation!)

Finally, I just had to buy a book at the airport (!), so I picked up Escape by Carolyn Jessop (with Laura Palmer), the memoir of a woman who escaped a polygamist sect with her eight children. (I read most of this one on the plane ride home.)

When I got home, there were two notices waiting for me: one saying that Purolator had tried to deliver a book and I had five days to claim it (but the five days passed and I still hadn’t come home!) and another from Canpar saying they’d try again today. They delivered Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality by Barbara Bradley Hagerty from Penguin Canada.

I feel really bad that a book sent to me for review was sent back to the publisher because I wasn’t here to claim it. Has that happened to any of you? What did you do?

What did you find in your mailbox this past week? For other Mailbox Monday posts, head over to Marcia’s blog, The Printed Page.


  1. What would a vacation be without new books? It looks like you got some good ones. I've never had a book sent back (to my knowledge anyway)- they just leave them at the door here.

  2. I read Escape by Carolyn Jessop and that it was great. I could not put it down. I would be interested in knowing what you think.

  3. See, this is the problem with Mailbox Monday! It's like a gateway drug to a TBR overdose! I just HAVE to hunt down that O'Doherty book!

  4. Kathy, exactly! Even though I have heaps of books at home (and even had several with me that I hadn't read), I couldn't resist buying more. As for the book I missed, I emailed the publicist and apologized... We'll see what happens!

    Carlene, I actually finished reading the book yesterday. It's a pretty intense story!

    Gwendolyn, I hear ya! My wish list is long enough for a dozen lifetimes!

  5. I love to visit bookstores while on vacation. Enjoy your books!

  6. Avis I have never had a book returned at least not that I am aware of. I am thankful that I have the stickers on the door so they will leave them. A little nervous when I go away though if they would leave them.

    Escape has been on my radar for a while now. Can't wait to see your review.

  7. What the Dead Know looks like it will be a good read, I hope you enjoy all the new editions to your library! ^_^

  8. aHH, a book sent back! I guess you'll want to contact the sender, but can you even find out who it was?


    But I'm really jealous that you were in BC!( especially Vancouver!)

  9. A vacation wouldn't be a vacation without a stop in a bookstore. Or at least two. :-)

    Looks like you have some great reading ahead of you.

    I don't think I've had a book sent back, but I came close a couple of times because I wasn't home when they attempted delivery. I ended up having to leave work early one day to go down to the distribution center to pick it up. Such a hassle! I now have a private mail box (thanks to stupid mail thieves), which makes things so much easier. There's always someone available to receive packages.

  10. I love to visit books stores on vacation.. you have the books and books are really better than post cards right? Great mailbox week.

  11. Ohhh - sorry to hear that they sent one of your books back - that is no good! For me, most leave them at the door or in the mailbox.

    Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  12. Me too, Mary. Last time I came back from Vancouver, I brought an extra box of books back with me!

    Cindy, I don't dare get them to leave my books outside the door because we live in an apartment building (with our own door). They might get rained on or stolen!

    Thanks, Jessica Marie. What the Dead Know was a good read!

    Luanne, I'm not 100% sure that I've identified the book in question, but I think so. I emailed the publicist, but haven't heard back from her yet...

    Wendy, usually I'm at home because I work at home (I'm a freelance translator). I should have thought to email my contacts and tell them to wait on sending books!

    Toni, I totally agree! (Although I think my partner would argue that at least postcards take up less space. But then he thinks I have too many books already.)

    Wendi, unfortunately they wanted me to sign for this book. Otherwise, yeah, they might have left it in the mailbox.