I want that book, the one with the purple and coral cover?

Sorry I’ve been such a bad blogger the last few days. I’m working on a theory that Twitter actually hurts my blogging. Now when I see an interesting post, etc., I don’t save it up to blog about it, I just log onto Twitter and 140 characters later, there you have it.

I need to get better at that.

For instance, here is this very cool blog post on Publisher’s Weekly about the strange ways people go about looking for books in bookstores. While the post itself is great, it’s really the comments section that follows that is truly priceless. Check it out for gems like these:

“One of my favorites was a phone call from a college student who said she needed ‘a copy of ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Jane Eyre. Would you like me to spell that for you?’ I had to put her on hold for a minute. I guess universities aren’t what they used to be.”

“One of my co-workers was helping a woman who wanted a book for her grandson. ‘He wants a book about a boy and his dog. I think it’s called Boy and his dog or boy and his wolf, maybe boy wolf.’ Until my co-worker said, ‘Beowulf?’ ‘Yes!’ said the woman. ‘That’s it, Beowulf.'”

“We had “Onion in the Closet” in lieu of “Indian in the Cupboard.” Also, a request for “a children’s book about European trains” turned out to be Thomas the Tank Engine.”

Makes one wonder how people have requested one of my books over the years.

Also, those of you who have read/are about to read TAP & GOWN will note a similar joke within its pages.

Yes, I’m a tease.

Speaking of Tap & Gown, there’s some upcoming release fun to be had, including, but not limited to:

  • Giveaways! Giveaways! Giveaways! (the book lover’s equivalent of Girls! Girls! Girls!)
  • An Interview with yours truly.
  • More dossiers.
  • The posting of the last of the Secret Stories
  • Possibly another Tap & Gown Show. It depends upon my schedule.

And finally, I leave you with Random House’s WHICH TORTALL HEROINE ARE YOU? quiz. I was Alianne, which is probably closest, I agree.


You are most like Alianne. You are rebellious and cunning. Like her mother, Alanna, you risk your own life to protect those around you, but you would rather they did not know it. Your passion for justice is just as strong as your compassion for others and they often conflict with one another.

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8 Responses to I want that book, the one with the purple and coral cover?

  1. PurpleRanger says:

    Is there any chance that we might see the Secret Stories collected into a single volume?

  2. Diana says:

    You mean like you can buy in a store? No.

    They’re already on a single website.

  3. Julia says:

    That Publisher’s Weekly post was great. After reading it made me reminisce about the last two summers spent working in a retail bookstore. It always felt good when a customer gave you a super vague search, and you were able to find the book for them. While I don’t remember people coming in to ask for SSG (sorry!) I always recommended it to people.
    Excited about all the cool/fun stuff happening this week!!

  4. Alexa says:

    The publishers weekly quote was great I love stories like that!

    Looking forward to all the fun things you have planned, especially that last secret story 🙂

  5. Twitter is definitely hurting my blogging… Both posting and reading. I only have so many hours in day for the social networking stuff. Enjoy it so much I’d spend all day on twitter and reading blogs if I’m not careful.

    thanks for sharing that article!

  6. Clarissa says:

    Hi, Diana! I already commented here, but I’m not sure you remember me. I’m your biggest fan in Brazil and my name is Clarissa. Wolff, not Cuthbert – and that’s bad, I wish I was as rich as she is. Anyways, I’m back to tell you I read the second book yesterday and OMFG, I loved it. But this isn’t new, I was sure I was gonna love it. Anyway – I just couldn’t understand why Amy left George. Ok, she probably will end up with Poe, but George is so more hot and cool! If she wants Poe, would you mind send me George by FedEx? I kindda need some guy JUST like him.

    I’m looking forward for the third book here in Brazil and I also have a suggestion. Why don’t you make a online forum about your books? I mean, Secret Society Girl has a whole cannon that can be explored, and we fans LOVE to try to guess what is going to happen. And Harry Potter has looots of foruns all over the net – so why don’t you? And you could see everything your biggest fans discuss about your books, not only with you, but with each other. And even after the end of the series – we can still discuss about the characters and stuff. I think it would be great!

    Anyway – I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!

    xoxoxox from Brazil,

    P.S.: I laugh a lot while reading the post in Publisher’s Weekly. And I’m going to send you a letter anytime, because I have a lot I want to tell and ask you – and then I tell you like I chose your book on the bookstore.

    P.P.S.: sorry about my grammar flaws – I learned English by watching TV. Great vocabulary, terrible grammar.

  7. Diana says:

    Hi, Clarissa! Of course I remember you.

    Regarding forums, there are several places where you can discuss the books. I believe the types of forums you are talking about are actually fan-run, and have nothing to do with the author. There is one of those on livejournal for my books:


    This community is completely fan-run. I have nothing to do with it.

    In addition, you can always check out the spoiler pages, where you can discuss the books to your heart’s content.

  8. Nicola says:

    In that vein, I once had a customer aske me for a copy of the book ‘Charlotte’. I told her that I wasn’t familiar with it but that I would look it up on our database. She was shocked, practically outraged, that I had never heard of it. She expressed bewilderment that I could ever have got a job in a bookstore without having heard of this very famous book. The online database showed we had no book in stock called ‘Charlotte’, and she got quite snarky when I asked if she wanted Charlotte’s Web’. ‘No, no!’ she said impatiently. ‘It’s a great classic of English literature. You must have it’ I took a breath and then asked tentatively, ‘Are you perhaps thinking of “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte?’ Yes, reader, she was.