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Book Mail Fail | Thursday Evening Rant

Gosh, what a day. Here I am, dragging a cross in the calendar over the 14th of March  because it has happened. It was inevitable. It was always going to happen, but still I didn’t think it would e v e r happen to me. Today is the day where I write my very first rant post; courtesy of the book mail that was waiting for me after work.

So the highly anticipated books were The Green Mile by Stephen King and The Profession of Violence:The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins by John Pearson. The idea for the blog was to get a book that I had not yet read, but seen the movie. You know, one of those movie vs book type of reviews.

The Green Mile by Stephen King

At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers await death, whilst their guards watch over them. Good or evil, innocent or guilty, none of them have ever seen the likes of brutal new prisoner John Coffey, seemingly a devil in human form.

It has been years since I watched the film, and really wanted to check out if the book is as good. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting this book for a while.

The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins

Reggie and Ronald Kray ruled London’s gangland during the 1960s with a ruthlessness and viciousness that shocks even now. Building an empire of organised crime such as nobody has done before or since, the brothers swindled, intimidated, terrorised, extorted and brutally murdered. John Pearson explores the strange relationship that bound the twins together, and charts their gruesome career to their downfall and imprisonment for life in 1969.

If you’ve seen the film Legend, you’ll understand why I wanted to read this book. I’m slowly trying to get myself into reading more real crime rather than watch movies or documentaries. Regardless, the film is good and as it’s adapted from the aforementioned book – come on, it’ll be an interesting read to say the least!

And this is what I got.

Book Mail Fail

I’ll be staying away from World of Books for a while. Don’t get me wrong – everyone has their bad days, absolutely. I have previously ordered from them and their books have always been in “good condition”, until now. How they thought the state of those books is in any way salvageable let alone sell-able is completely beyond me. #bookmail fail.

“Oh, but Kat, firstly they’re second hand books and aren’t going to be in mint condition, and secondly there is nothing wrong with them?!”


Someone picked up those books from their warehouse shelf and thought “Yes, yes- very good condition. Totally sell-able.” They then continued to wrap them and post them. “Woohoo, what an amazing book mail for someone!”. No. Just no.

Not bad enough? Just look at it..

The book is stained, smelly and mouldy. To be brutally honest it looks like it was kept in a damp basement for the past 25 years. I’m SHOCKED!

book mail fail

Some may say I deserve it- I say if I had to buy every single book full price I’d have no roof over my head because there’d be no money left to pay the bills. I’m all for re-using the books and selling them on but if you had any respect for your buyers and fellow book lovers, you WOULD NOT send them books that have not been looked after nicely.

That’s it! Rant over. Hope my next book mail will be worth the wait! I will of course keep you posted 🙂

Have you had an unpleasant online shopping experience? Let me know in the comments!

PS! Go check out my story highlight for live reaction.


  • ktrobson

    I can’t believe they sent books out in such bad condition! 🙈 such a shame as well, it’s always exciting to get book mail, so when things like this happen it’s so disappointing!
    I’ve never used World Of Books before and can’t see my trying them in the near future either.
    I usually use Abe Books for any second hand ones and so far have always gotten what I expected from the descriptions.

    • Kat

      Oh honestly, I wish I filmed myself opening the packages. I was so shocked!
      And the smell, yuk!

      The thing is, I’ve ordered from them a lot before and that’s why it’s even more shocking because the other books I’ve got from them have been in a very good condition.

      What kills me is that they’re advertising both books on their eBay as “very good condition” 🤣

      (if I don’t laugh I cry lol)

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