January 12, 2015

The Flood

So, in the last few days of December my apartment flooded.  Let me tell you, that is a lovely call to get while you're on vacation.

I've been very fortunate and didn't lose much of my stuff to water damage.  However, you'll never guess what soaks up water like a sponge and was all over my apartment.  Throwing out three bags of books didn't do much for my desire to write a book blog.  I'm still kind of sad about it.

Some of it is losing several books that I took special trips to get signed.  I lost my copies of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES, both signed by John Green.  Do you know the kind of lines you have to go through to get Green's signature?  (Fortunately, he is a signing pro and keeps people moving.)  I also lost my signed and doodled copy of THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY by Adam Rex, just as I wanted to read it again in preparation for Home.  (Plus the doodle of JLo was ridiculously cute.)  I also lost my signed copy of THE PEOPLE OF PAPER, and Salvador Plascencia doesn't do many appearances.

Some of the books I lost weren't signed, but were favorites, and I'm sad about having to replace them.  LOSERS IN SPACE by John Barnes, which never came out in paperback, and UNSPOKEN by Sarah Rees Brennan, with the pretty silhouette cover.

I've got my apartment basically back in order now, aside from the fact I need to buy new bookshelves.  (No, I don't think I'll buy the cheap particle board ones again.)  It just hurts to lose your stuff.

10 comments:

  1. Oooh. Three bags of books. Fave books. Signed books. A reader's nightmare! What a way to end a year :(.
    I hope you won't have to go through it again! I also hope you'll manage to replace all your damaged books...though the signed ones are hard to, I suppose.

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    1. I'm planning to replace them, but yeah, the signed ones will take more work.

      I'm also figuring out how to waterproof the bottoms of bookshelves.

      And maybe investing in those slipcovers.

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  2. Oh no, that's awful! I know if my house flooded, I would lose a lot of books and some really special ones too so that's not fun. I'm so sorry to hear that!

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    1. Put your favorite books up high! It's not too late!

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  3. Sad to hear this. I think your idea about bookcases is a good one. If there's a chance it'll happen again, it might be best to use wall shelving to save having your books near the floor. Acknowledging that some were signed, hope you can replace a fair amount of your books :)

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    1. I've been planning to buy some wall shelving, but the installation is a pain.

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  4. Oh, that's awful. I'm sorry you had to go through that. It's good that you didn't lose more, but...books. :(

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    1. Thanks. Yeah, it's a mixed blessing. :(

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  5. I'm so sorry about the flood! It would be awful to lose signed books that meant so much to you.

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