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#MicroblogMondays 35: Lost Items

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I have lost two of my Harry Potter book covers, the paper dust jackets that wrap around the book.  Once upon a time, they were on the bookshelf, next to the books.  But then I had a brilliant idea to move them… somewhere.  Except I can’t remember where.

And I need them because I was going to display all the books in my new literary kitchen.  But I don’t want 5 copies to have dust jackets and 2 to be bare.

So I am turning to the collective powers of the Internet.  These are the two book jackets I need to replace.


Just the standard, US versions with the Mary GrandPre drawings.  Is there anyone reading this from Scholastic (or who knows someone at Scholastic) who would be willing to send me an extra dust jacket?  Does it help at all to know that I love Harry Potter so much that I not only own the hardbacks, the paperbacks, and the e-books, but I also walk around the house in my Hogwarts robes?

I hate losing things.  I hate not knowing where things are.  I end up obsessing about them for hours instead of getting anything accomplished.  I’m a little less stressed over these covers because they are replaceable (vs. being a one-of-a-kind object like the sketch pad from a few weeks ago), but that doesn’t mean I haven’t wasted hours looking to no avail.

What have you recently misplaced?  Any odd places where you’ve found missing objects?  And can anyone help me replace these missing book jackets?


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1 Sadie { 04.27.15 at 6:26 am }

I tend to obsess over random missing items too, though we’ve moved so many times by now I usually just assume it made its way into one of the stray boxes yet-to-be-unpacked. Have you looked under the sofa cushions? πŸ˜‰

2 Shilpa { 04.27.15 at 6:48 am }

Recently I misplaced a cute little wallet of mine
, I don’t know where I kepy it and I m still searching for it at home

3 Jenn { 04.27.15 at 6:54 am }

Try checking any other hardcover book you have! When moving, I have put jackets safely around other books. Unless you would have flattened them, then try places they could be stashed flat open.

4 Jennifer { 04.27.15 at 7:06 am }

I have to admit, I am so glad to know that there is someone else out there that feels like I do about misplaced items. I do the same thing: obsess over finding them and go nuts in the meantime. My husband is the opposite: he would rather save the time and mental anguish and just replace the item (if possible). I hope you find the covers soon!

5 andy { 04.27.15 at 7:48 am }

I lose things all the time because I’ve put them somewhere “safe”. As an aside, I HATE dustcovers for books and tend to throw them out as soon as I get home.

6 persnickety { 04.27.15 at 7:58 am }

It depends. Sometimes I will keep worrying at whatever I have lost, and keep looking. At other times I will not mind it and simply replace the misplaced item. I lot my engagement ring for about 4 months a few years ago- searched everywhere for where i thought it was, pulled things apart and nothing. We moved house and I resigned myself for having lost it forever. And then i tipped out my socks one day and there it was!

7 a.m.s. { 04.27.15 at 9:18 am }

Once upon a time, you could contact the publisher and they would send you replacement dust jackets. I don’t know if this is still true, but it would be worth a try.

8 earthandink { 04.27.15 at 10:00 am }

I am so picky about dustjackets. Books MUST have them if they came with them and I have a terrible time dealing with it if they don’t. Because I’m weird.

I would tweet Scholastic and see if they will help you. Twitter rocks in that way. If that doesn’t work, I would try Goodwill or the like in your area. They often have HP there. (I’ll keep my eyes peeled for you tomorrow, at my local one.)

I put things away “safely” all the time. It’s the worst.

9 Geochick { 04.27.15 at 10:13 am }

I lost a new water bottle for a few days. It’s the one I use at work and I really like it. After days of “where the hell is it?” I finally noticed something in one of the side pockets of my duffel bag. Lo and behold, smarty pants put the water bottle in there….for some reason.

Sorry, can’t help with the dust jackets. :/

10 Working mom of 2 { 04.27.15 at 10:37 am }

I hate that. I often do the same thing–carefully put something somewhere so I won’t lose it—then forget and then it would’ve been better just to put the item in a random pile.

Example: got rx for xray but waited a few weeks til I had to be off work for something else. Tore my house apart and checked all my usual “safekeeping” places. Finally had to abandon plans to do it that day and call doc to send new one. Later found the d@mn thing in my wallet.

11 Kate { 04.27.15 at 10:51 am }

I can send you The Order of the Phoenix cover. Unfortunately I only have the paperback of The Goblet of Fire. It’s in a gently used condition. Email me and let me know if you’d like it.

12 mrs green grass { 04.27.15 at 11:01 am }

I just checked my copies at school and I only have the Half-Blood Prince…

13 Jen { 04.27.15 at 11:16 am }

I hate to say it, but it would drive me so crazy I’d just buy new books (assuming these editions are still available) and replace the covers! I hope you either find the dust jackets or get the replacements. If only it were ‘Half Blood Prince’ that were missing – just like Harry’s ‘Advanced Potion-Making’ book you could have the old book in a new cover…

14 Rain { 04.27.15 at 11:51 am }

Oh yes…I recently “misplaced” my keys. They were on the top of my car, and once we hit cruising speed on the freeway…I “found” them again. Ahhhh life.

15 SRB { 04.27.15 at 12:04 pm }

I had to chuckle a little at this because I can’t STAND dust jackets. I always remove and recycle them. Can’t cope with them AT ALL. I like how the book look without.

16 Savannah { 04.27.15 at 12:53 pm }

I’m the same way. But my problem is I will get into a purge cleaning state of mind and accidentally throw stuff away. Most recently, that included two coupons for a free pedicure. I forgot to pull them out of a bag before I threw it away. It was a few weeks later before I remembered where I had them stashed, and by then it was far too late.

I love hard cover books, but I always take the dust jacket off while I read the book. But I can never remember where I take them off at. Sometimes its on the bookshelf, but other times, its where ever I decided to read the book. So they can be in the bedroom, at work, in the car, or a number of all places. Good luck!

And you know the minute you get a replacement, you’ll find them.

17 Turia { 04.27.15 at 1:45 pm }

I cannot STAND losing things. E. and I just spent forty minutes this morning looking for a book he couldn’t find (which we did eventually find, on the shelf where he said it wasn’t). The red herring was that at one point I had put that book away, and so I was going crazy trying to figure out where I had put it (because it wasn’t where I remembered putting it, so I must have moved it). Turns out I did move it- back onto the shelf. Sigh.

No help on the dust jackets, but I bet a tweet or two would help.

18 Baby, Are You Coming? { 04.27.15 at 1:59 pm }

I know what you mean! I hate losing things too. I had an external hard drive that I had left on our bay window for over a year. I decided it was time to finally put it away. Now that I’ve put it away, I can’t find it for the life of me. It’s literally no where to be found. It’s so frustrating!

19 loribeth { 04.27.15 at 4:17 pm }

I am usually pretty good about being able to find stuff — but there have been a few things that went astray and drove me nuts. The one lost & found story I like to tell involves an old grey acrylic sweater that had originally been worn by both my mother AND her brother when they were teenagers in the 1950s. I found it in my mother’s closet & started wearing it when I was a teenager. Paired with a favourite plaid shirt, it became my “lucky” outfit which I wore for all my exams & other important occasions, all through junior high, high school and university. I continued to wear it as a young newlywed but after awhile, I realized I hadn’t worn it in a long, long time and started looking for it. I could NOT find it. I started thinking that perhaps it had gone to Goodwill with some of my other clothing by mistake, and I was so upset. πŸ™ And then, one day when I was reorganizing the sweaters on my shelf, I found it, hiding at the very bottom of a very large pile of sweaters. I still have it — I’ve considered passing it along to one of my cousins’ kids, as a sort of a family heirloom (lol) but they’re all young adults themselves now, & I’m not sure they’d appreciate it the way I did. πŸ˜‰ Maybe when their kids (and there are a few of them already…!) get to be teenagers…!

20 Mali { 04.27.15 at 4:46 pm }

I hate losing things too, especially things that I know should be in the house, but simply can’t find. Sometimes I delay looking, to delay the pain of not finding something!! (The art of procrastination …)

It is interesting to see the US version of the covers. Can’t say I like them at all!

21 Elise M. Gross { 04.27.15 at 5:27 pm }

GAH!! I hate losing things, too — & it happens ALL. THE. BLOODY. TIME..!! I wish remembralls were real…! [laments]
WORSE come to worse, you could either reach out to Scholastic via email or super worse come to worse, get some nice (really nice) paper & print them out. :\

22 Amber { 04.27.15 at 5:32 pm }

I’ve lost a few book covers myself and yes, it also drives me crazy! Hopefully some kind soul will read this and send you new covers!

23 Jess { 04.27.15 at 5:37 pm }

I hate missing items, and my house seems to have a weird vortex where things go missing, never to be seen again. There is a beautiful teal jersey wrap dress (that I probably don’t fit into anymore, but still) that disappeared years and years ago. Like DISAPPEARED. Drives me nuts when it defies logic.

I put a call out to my lovely friends at Scholastic–I used to be a club editor in another life, and sometimes they have extras of things like that to spare. Email me if you get the jackets another way, and I will email you if I get a taker! πŸ™‚

24 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 04.27.15 at 6:29 pm }

Ohhhhhh mannnn. I hate that feeling of this should be right here…but isn’t.

I definitely think Scholastic should just send you the jackets, because you’re awesome, but I don’t have any connections over there.

Other ideas: eBay, freecycle, Amazon (sometimes there are like new books for ridiculously cheap – hopefully with dust jackets still intact), Twitter (mention Scholastic and/or start a hashtag campaign). Also, what do libraries do with dust jackets if they remove them from books?

25 Laurel Regan { 04.27.15 at 8:12 pm }

Drives me absolutely batty when I lose something! Thankfully it hasn’t happened for awhile… though now having said that, I’m pretty much guaranteed to lose something!

26 JoAnne Applebaugh { 04.27.15 at 8:18 pm }

I hate dust jackets for precisely this reason. They are so easy to misplace, especially since I usually take them off when reading a book so as not to damage them. πŸ™

27 Lori Lavender Luz { 04.28.15 at 11:12 am }

That one bible parable about the 1 lost sheep getting waaay out of proportion attention? That’s me.

To mix with your more recent post, I’m donating some stuff now, but it’s driving me batty when we can’t find all the parts to a thing. Ugh, I wanna tear out my hair

I hope you’re able to find your HP covers or procure new ones.

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