Okay, has this ever happened to you guys (please say it's happened to someone or else I'm going to feel even worse!)? You're at an author event and you pick up a book to get signed, the back sounds good and you don't think you've read it before. You also don't think that you've seen the cover before. Secure in your decision, you make your way to the cash register and plunk down the book and a fistful of pesos... ahem... dollars (or whatever currency your bookstore allows you to pay in. This book is coming home with you. It is all yours. And it will be signed by the author, which makes that little book just a little more awesome (all my signed books have a special shelf in my house).
So you bring the book home and you have a lot of books. You have tons of books because you're a book blogger and it is your lot and great honor in life to be surrounded by piles upon piles of books.
So you place your new purchase on the very special shelf for all of the signed books when low and behold, you realize you bought the book you just signed before at a charity sale a couple weeks prior, it just has a different cover. And because you got it from a charity sale (luckily for 50 cents in my most unfortunate case), you cannot return it!!!
Ugh, it just feels so wasteful. I have unfortunately had this similar situation happen to me before it happened again last week. I went to the Sarah Dessen event last week and bought a couple more of her books to have signed in addition to the one book that I remembered that I had at home. I think I was too excited to really think about what books I was getting. All of the covers of her books have been very recently redone too so it was very hard for me to remember what books I had and which I didn't. Like I said, I am a very visual person and when covers change, it is crazy difficult for me to remember what I already have. Nonetheless, I will be donating my old, unsigned copy of "This Lullaby" back to the library sale. Bad Megan, bad!
Has this ever happened to you?