The Fool’s Challenge: Day Four

It is now the fourth day of Parajunkee’s THE FOOL’S CHALLENGE. And as I kind of talked about what a fool I am for books on day two, this post might be slightly redundant. Unless of course I reveal this one thing I did….

This challenge runs for 11 days and Day Four’s topic is, “Most foolish act you have committed for a book…fandom or in pursuit of a new book.” All the challenge post topics are listed below, but if you’d like to learn more about the challenge, head over to Parajunkee’s blog and read the Announcement post.

  1. Play a book or blog related prank, tell us about it.
  2. Tell everyone about how big a “Fool for Books” you are.
  3. Be a “Fool for Books” discuss why you like books more then people.
  4. Most foolish act you have committed for a book…fandom or in pursuit of a new book.
  5. What characters do you secretly loathe? But, don’t like admitting, because they are so popular?
  6. What do you consider the most “heinous” crimes committed to books or book readers?
  7. Fun phrases and sayings you’ve picked up from books.
  8. Book’s you’ve read that have changed you mentally…
  9. What you consider are “serious” problems (in your reading life) but other non-readers would just think you are mental if you spoke them out-loud?
  10. The tropes you love – but have a hard time admitting to other book lovers.
  11. Which series are you a fool for? That you can reread over and over again and will always buy the next book, no matter how mental the author goes – or how strange the characters become?

I’m still debating the merits of revealing what I’m about to here today. It kind of paints me as a bit of a nutter. Thinking back on my behavior it also seems a bit mean what I did. It’s not behavior I’m proud of, and it’s not something I do anymore. But when I get my “fan” on, I kind of lose touch for a while.

Foolish acts and a foolish heart

I know I’m not the only one who does this. I’ve seen people do this, actually. But some people call me an overachiever and it’s a description that fits. Because I used to take this to a whole different level.

I’m talking about book shuffling.

Don’t know what that is? Well, it’s the act of taking a book you desperately want to see succeed and move it from a not-so-great placement on a bookshelf at a bookstore to a more prominent location. Say… a higher, eye-level shelf. A table display. Or an end cap.

I’ve seen book lovers surreptitiously swap their favorite books with others on a more perused shelf. I’ve seen them make room on a table display for a favorite read. But I think I might be the only one to have completely replaced all books on a table display with my picks, or swapped out an entire end cap display with copies of a book I wanted to see do well.

This was before I knew the ins and outs of marketing and publicity. I wasn’t aware at that time that it actually cost something for such placement in a bookstore. I also put very little thought into the fact that I was potentially hurting one book’s publicity by moving it to that lower shelf or removing it from the table or end cap. Because my only focus was on the book I was fangirling over.

I was a frequent book shuffler. But when I opted to completely overhaul a book display, I’d do it with gusto. I’d not only do it in one bookstore, but in every bookstore I visited when I thought I could get away with it.

But then I pressed my luck too far. I was caught in the act and asked to leave. It was suggested that I never return. Which thereby ended my advanced book shuffling ways.

Though I will still, on occasion, leave a book in a more popular area, or move books up to an eye-level shelf when space is available.

And while my humiliation may not have been as bad as it could have been – yeah, still not as embarrassing as those poems – being escorted out of the store like a criminal, or one of those grocery store fruit snackers, wasn’t my finest hour.

How about you?

Have you done anything silly in pursuit of a book? Have you been caught on camera at a book expo pushing or shoving aside those less able in order to get that last copy of a much anticipated read?

Have you begged, pleaded or cried at a book signing in order to get a better placement on the signing line? Created a silly video in hopes of winning a copy? Waited outside of the restrooms at a conference in hopes of convincing a favorite author to give up that extra copy of an ARC they have on hand?

Or are you a book shuffler that enjoys rearranging your favorite reads for better sales? Or someone who chats up strangers and convinces them that your favorite read is also theirs? Or maybe faked overly loud phone convos touting the awesomeness of a particular book in the hopes that someone will be curious enough to buy it?

What foolish thing have you done for a book? And do you have any regrets?

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