Stacking the Shelves # 16

June 8, 2013 Book Expo America, Stacking the Shelves 13

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! Visit Tynga’s Reviews to learn more about this weekly meme.

I attended BEA last week (was it just last week???), and for my last Stacking the Shelves post, I just linked to my BEA diary posts.  (Check them out here.)  I didn’t want to be redundant, and I was also a bit worried that posting a photo of my BEA books would look…boastful somehow.  Then I convinced myself that that was silly.  BEA is open to all bloggers, of course, so my attendance was nothing special, and the books that I was fortunate enough to bring home were merely a result of timing and willingness to put up with some pain in my feet and shoulders!  
I shipped one big (40 lb.) box via USPS last Friday evening.  I anxiously followed the tracking, and I became even more anxious when I saw numerous tweets regarding ripped open boxes and missing books.  My box arrived yesterday.  I picked it up as soon as the mailman dropped it off, and this is what it looked like.  Note – I snapped this pic BEFORE I opened it.
Nice, huh?  Those dark stains are wetness.  In fact, the entire box was soggy.  Fortunately, the books were not damaged.  How does this happen?  Steph from Cuddlebuggery was not so lucky.  She tweeted a pic today of her box that looks just like this, but her books were damaged, and her box had been ripped open.  Not only that, but books that were not hers were placed inside!  Someone, somewhere, is missing them.  So, I’m grateful mine were OK, but I can assure you that I will NOT use USPS next year, even though that means I will have to pay significantly more.
OK, public service announcement over.  Let’s look at the books!
That’s a beautiful sight, isn’t it? 
As lovely as these books are, I won’t be able to get to them for at least a month.  When I started my blog back in February, I went on a joyful NG and EW binge, and those books are all being published now.  I’m trying to be good and follow through on those commitments.  Meanwhile, these beauties taunt me.
OK, let’s see what you got this week!  
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13 Responses to “Stacking the Shelves # 16”

  1. Sarah

    Holy whoa the books!

    Poor girl who had soggy and lost books – that is so sad 🙁 I just got a poster tube with a poster from Epic Reads via UPS that got mangled, but BOOKS. Sad.

  2. Scott Pilgrim

    Great haul! I’m glad you had fun at BEA and that you’re books made it back okay! I am actually going to attend next year which is pretty darn exciting! Hopefully I’ll see ya there next year 🙂
    -Scott Reads It

  3. Tsukikomew

    I’m so jealous about BEA and hope to go in the future.

    My STS will post at 11:45pm EST but I’ll reply with the link later.

    Tsuki @ Tsuki’s Books []

  4. Ashley_Books_

    My goal is to attend BEA next year.

    I am a new follower of your blog (which by the way has the cutest title)

    I would kill for a copy of Teardrop & Queen Victoria`s book of spells.

    Very nice haul and I feel for you with the having prior book commitments before these lovelies.

    Ashley @ Books Buying Beauty

  5. Ems

    WOW!! What a fantastic BEA haul! So cool that you got to go and pick up so many fabulous goodies. Hope you enjoy them all!

    As a side note, what a colossal USPS FAIL. I would be livid. Can you file a complaint?! I can’t even imagine getting a box of books in this condition. I’m glad yours were all okay, but holy cow, what a horrible sight.

    My STS

  6. Kristen Williams

    Great haul! Can’t wait to see what you think of all of them. I’m so happy you had a good trip and maybe some year we’ll both be there at the same time!

    The USPS should be ashamed for treating all the BEA packages so poorly. Man, just horrible! So glad the books weren’t damaged.

    My Friends Are Fiction

    • Go Flash Go - Read, Rinse, Repeat

      Oh, I like your new pic!!

      I looked at that pic again, and I can’t help thinking someone intentionally tore it open to see what was inside. Maybe they weren’t too impressed with the books inside and decided to (mostly) leave it alone. Aside from abusing the hell out of the box itself, of course.

  7. Kayla DeGroote

    I can’t believe what awful care USPS gave to not only your books but other people’s as well! Just terrible! I feel so bad!

    *drools at your books* That’s quite a haul there! I’m so jealous!! So many of them <3 If you ever feel like you perhaps.. have too many.. I will GLADLY take them off your hands 😉 To help you of course.

  8. Jess LiteraryEtc

    I’m not defending the USPS, but they do contract out to Fed Ex & UPS to handle packages since they don’t have a plane. Fed Ex & UPS handle a lot of their packages. So the blame is equal on all 3 parties. Also remember media mail can be opened for inspection. It’s happened to me and they don’t put a note saying they’ve opened it. Boxes as they get transported from one area to another, etc do get damaged and it’s one reason I’m a tape whore and use more than I should.

    My mom has her own business and uses UPS for a lot of merch and you should see the state of the boxes sometimes. One box looked like it went through a war zone & despite everything being packed good and fragile written all over there was tons of glass broken.

    I feel for the bloggers that had stuff missing or damaged, but equally there are a lot of bloggers that sent books home the same way and there were no problems. Right now I’m dealing with UPS and a theft of a package I’ve been waiting on.

  9. Kim


    I’m so jealous right now. So jealous. So many great books …. sorry to hear about the problems with USPS though. That’s just ridiculous. How can they do something so wrong so many times?

  10. Robyn Jones

    I honestly wouldn’t have the space in my apartment for that haul, but I have a feeling you would create artificial support beams made out of books. What’s a little zigzagging through your home if it means books to the ceiling? I cracked up the Eat, Brains, Love book at the top. I have Dare You To and Gameboard of the Gods on my summer reading list, and Wild Cards already requested at my library. Can’t wait to learn about those books through your reviews.

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