Friends, I’m so ashamedddd! I have only finished one book so far this month. Please tell me I’m not the only one, but I know that’s so unlikely. Ughhh. And also I apologize for the lack of posts. I’m just back from my trip to Bangkok, Thailand.
To nobody’s surprise, I went to a bookstore there, which was Kinokuniya Bookstore (Central World branch), I was so excited because obviously they have a bigger selection of books and also new releases than my local bookstore. Sadly, I’m a bit disappointed and also frustrated (hence, the title of this post) because it was not what I expected and hoped for. Therefore, I decided to make this post by combining a few frustrating things that I’ve encountered at bookstores.
The sequels but not the first book
Like whyyyy? Why would I pick up the second or the last book in a series when I haven’t read the first book?
Where are the books I want?
This one is a major issue at my local bookstore, new releases usually take years before they make their way to my local bookstores. Except on that one rare occasion, a book (Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs) was displayed in my local bookstores before the release date. But mostly, the books that I want, my. local bookstores don’t have. Don’t they know the book’s market?
And custom orders too, whenever I order books from them, it takes almost 2 billion years to arrive, will I even get to read it? This usually results in me losing interest in the book that I anticipated. 😦
When they have the paperbacks but you want the hardback (so you have to order and- see the previous issue). When I start a new series in hardbacks, they only have the sequels in paperbacks and when my collections are paperbacks, they only have hardbacks!
Not to mention, the editions! When the first book has different cover or height or edition from the its sequels? Why are you doing this to me???
How they organize the books.
I prefer it a lot when they organize books by authors and/or series, because it’s easy to browse through and navigate, and the sub category would preferably be by genres. In Bangkok, the books were so badly arranged that even though there were only a wall of shelves with YA books, it took me hours to process all the books they have and find the ones that I want. Moreover, as I am a very indecisive person, I spent almost 2 hours just standing there until my mom called me because the mall was closing.
That’s all I have at the moment. Comment down your worst experiences at bookstores! 😀 Feel free to rant 😀
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!
Books and more books,
Kimsiang @ Stories and Brushes