I stopped into a used bookstore when I was in North Carolina a couple of weeks ago. I had read all of the books I took with me for the trip, and was on the hunt for a couple more to keep me entertained for a few days.
I picked up a historical romance by Linda Lael Miller. I like her books, and all I was looking for was a quick read. My review of the book? The storyline was ok, the damsel in distress annoyed me, and while I like the author, I don’t think I would buy the other books in this series. That’s just my opinion, and its not going to make one bit of difference in the scope of things, but I was glad I didn’t pay full-price for it.
The reason I am sharing this boring commentary with you? As I read through the book, and got towards the end, there was a conversation between two characters and the dialogue must have been too much for the previous owner/reader.
Every instance where the character uses the word “goddamn” in conversation, someone has scratched it out with a pen. I mean, seriously? You’ll buy a romance novel with some graphic sex scenes, but you’ll do this to a book?
I have read thousands of books in my lifetime, a lot of them bought second-hand at book stores and yard sales, library sales and thrift stores. I have never seen anything like this before, and as you can tell it really bothers me.
Check in next week, maybe I’ll find a book burning bonfire to share with you.