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It got busy this week! Lots going on at home, work, and otherwise as well.  Life My daughter's school decided to close on Friday, along with several other schools in the area, with some being closed from Thursday. Not enough staff. The school had been on a mask mandate since the beginning of the pandemic, dropping it only for one week when the pandemic had appeared to have stabilized last year. And yet, they dropped the mandate completely at the beginning of this year, when cases were exponentially rising, only to bring it back again starting next week. I've gone from being very annoyed to angry to feeling fatigue in these first two weeks already. I won't lie - we all mask around here and try to avoid going where we don't have a need to be in, and still, we are not taking anything close to the extreme precaution we all took at the beginning of the pandemic. I cannot and don't want to keep my kids home - I have at least that much faith in the schools' precautions

Some bookish chatter - Now I've seen it all (a blank book on a bestseller list?)


Honestly, one of these days you'll be receiving an advance copy of my yet-to-be-written new book. Yet-to-be-written is right, because I'm thinking of leaving it entirely blank, if that's all I need to make sure it becomes a bestseller. On nothing less that Amazon, to be sure.

Did you hear about that news earlier this week? I'm still scratching my heads wondering what I'm missing in this picture. Is it the title - one that jumps at you from even a mile away? Or is it that people have been running out of blank paper at home?

Telegraph had this picture up on their post.

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I'm thinking about the number of trees that went into putting this book way up there! Esp if this is also a bestseller. On the other hand, students have been buying this book to use as notebooks for their lectures. So maybe the world's not so crazy after all.

I never thought I would live to see this. Amazon should reshelve this book to the stationary section.

Comments

Misha said…
What!!?? I had not read about this before. That's such a waste of paper and money!
Nicole said…
I came over here to say something, but realize that I have no words. Kind of like the book!
Suitejuju said…
What ? Really ? A gag book ? Sadly, you know it's women buying this one.
Suitejuju said…
Great post btw :)
I'm baffled - I guess it would make a great gag gift?
hcmurdoch said…
How about making it a free e-book? They could send a file that is all blank except one title page and we'd all feel better (maybe) about the waste! What a disaster; great post!
Athira / Aths said…
I can't even believe that they published it! A blank book, honestly!
Athira / Aths said…
I can relate to that. For two days, I've only been asking the question, How?
Athira / Aths said…
I don't know who is buying it, but what a ridiculous waste of paper and money.
Athira / Aths said…
The author mentioned that was his original intention - to make it available as a souvenir. Looks like people are buying it for fun now.
Athira / Aths said…
I agree! He could have released a blank research paper, an ebook, a single page souvenir. But a whole 200 page book!?!
Marce said…
My dad has one of these books from over 20 years ago, it was small but also approx 200 blank pages. I can't remember the cover, something similar about what men think. I remember thinking funny and also if people buy books without looking in them, then get home and realise it is a joke :-0
Athira / Aths said…
Now that's funny. I think some buyers were at least intrigued by the title and didn't look at what's inside. Others must have seen it as a joke. The whole idea is certainly a joke to me, but I'm aghast it's a bestseller!
Lisa said…
I've seen this one! Someone gave it to my BIL last years for his birthday. It is funny but you're right, what a waste of paper. And seriously, a bestseller?
That is pretty unbelievable! I mean, really. And once you give that as a gift, the person looks at it once, laughs, then puts it on a shelf -- or passes it along to another unsuspecting person. Meh.
Athira / Aths said…
The bestseller part is what I don't get. This blank book is actually in those rankings even ahead of the Harry Potters and the Dan Browns!
Athira / Aths said…
I know, right? If that person is like me, it will just languish on the shelf, because I'll be hesitant to even tamper with it.