Several weeks ago, I requested The Tightwad Gazette (the first volume) from a PaperBackSwap member. It took a long time for her to respond to the system’s prompt and confirm that she would indeed send the book.
Then I got a message from her stating that the book had a few pages that were torn out and taped back in, and was that ok with me?
I responded that yes, I would still take the book.
It took several more days for her to mark the book as mailed in the system.
Then I waited. And waited. And waited.
Media mail can be very slow, but this was unusually slow. In the meantime, I received several other books that I ordered weeks after this one.
I almost left a message at PBS inquiring about the book’s whereabouts.
Finally, the book arrived.
And it looked almost NEW. It’s clear to me that the previous owner, not wanting to send me a less-than-desirable book, went out and procured another, nicer looking one, and mailed that to me.
Frugal book-loving people are the best kind of people.
I’ve read a lot of books recently but failed to keep track of them. Here are the ones I remember.
The Light Between Oceans – this one surprised me because it made me cry at the end. I can’t tell you why! A newborn infant shows up, alongside her dead father, in a little boat. The keepers of the lighthouse find her. And here is where the story begins. I love books about the sea, and lighthouses especially. This one is set in Australia, and it’s the first time I remember reading a book set there.
I’m still working on this one.
Thirty Chic Days by Fiona Ferris – Books such as this one are like candy for me, so I try to make them last as long as possible by reading a tiny section every once in a while.
This is a sweet book written by a fellow Francophile about harnessing the françaises approach to life and great style – meaning not just clothing, but everything else. I find myself listening to the Breakfast at Tiffany’s soundtrack and wearing eye makeup thanks to Fiona.
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do – by Amy Morin
I wanted to love this book. However, I found it a bit… trite. If you’ve ever read any book about personal growth, you already know and practice these concepts. I imagine it would be a great book for a teen or twenty-something who is new to these principles. Amy does know how to tell a great story. I was sucked in immediately.
Read anything great lately?