Places in Books

Do you read stories mostly set in one city? I don’t. If I had to guess I’d say I’ve read the most books set in Boston. Followed closely by Los Angeles. They could be switched. I’ve also read books set in Chicago, Michigan, New York, Atlanta, and Alaska that I know off the top of my head.

This isn’t about where the books you read take place. I’m wondering if you’ve ever read a book set someplace you’ve never been and wanted to visit after your reading. I pretty much want to go everywhere imaginable. But no books are the reason for that. I’ve just been stuck in one place the last (almost) 24 years.

Ever read a book and felt the need to book a trip shortly thereafter?

One Bookstore Got the Harper Lee Situation Absolutely Right

I wrote about everything surrounding the release of Go Set a Watchman last month, but recently I read about a bookstore that handled it as well as I think anyone could have. Brilliant Books in Michigan is offering customers who pre-ordered the book a refund. Yep.

The owner of the store felt that refunds were the right route to take because those customers pre-ordered the book based on the incorrect assumption that it was a sequel. And everyone and their mom now knows that isn’t the case.

This is just one bookstore. I’m a little surprised that more stores haven’t already figured out how to do something about their customers who believed this to a “new” book. Because this is not a case of readers just not liking the book. This is the case of a new book not being a new book. It isn’t a sequel. It isn’t a prequel. It isn’t anything new. It amounts to a draft that was not meant for publication.

Let me just stop before I start rambling. What do you think about this store offering customers a refund?


On this day in 2014 I published Need Some Motivation to get back to Writing?.

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