I bought some cold weather clothes based on recommendations many of you shared with me...layers...fleece...hats, gloves, scarves. Paris in winter will be a whole new world for me, a lifelong resident of the Texas Gulf Coast.
And I spontaneously decided to buy a Kindle to take with me to Paris. I want to be able to read wherever I am, without wifi, and a Kindle turned how to be a relatively inexpensive way to load up on books and read for up to twelve hours without recharging. I had a Kindle version 1 when they first came out, but I've missed the subsequent ten generations. I hope I like using it. I picked the Kindle Fire because I wanted to be able to download books from Hoopla at my library, too.
I finished The Truth Is last week. I live a couple of blocks from our local high school, and after reading this deeply realistic YA fiction book, I feel like someone needs to send in a team of counselors to work with the students there. Whew. Are high school students really this devastatingly mean to each other? Are the parents of high school students really this negligent? Please tell me that the characters in The Truth Is are on the far side of typical. My worries about the world have just soared.
The Truth Is will never be on a list of mood-boosting books.
I've loaded up my Kindle with books about Paris for my trip. You'd be surprised what you can find at your public library or as free Kindle books. Here's what I have on my Kindle:
Which of these should I read first?
Amazon was not my friend this week.
It was my great-niece's first birthday. I ordered three books for her from Amazon. I decided to mail them directly to her house. They were scheduled to arrive on Sunday. On Sunday morning, I got a notice that they could not be delivered; the driver could not find her house! What? My great-niece lives in a subdivision right off a main street in a Houston suburb. Her family has lived there for several years. And they can't find her house?
I called Amazon and gave Amazon detailed instructions on how to find the house. We will definitely deliver the package on Monday, the Amazon staff person assured me. On Monday, I got a notice that the package would not be delivered that day. When I called Amazon, I was told that the package was apparently lost! Oh my goodness. The Amazon staff person offered to send another package, at no charge to me. I said I would like them to do that, but I'd rather they send the package to my house; I didn't want to chance it that Amazon might be unable to find the house or lose it again so I'd take the package over to my great-niece myself.
The books arrived at my house in two days and I drove them over to my great-niece's house on Wednesday, and everything was good, though the books were very late. Then on Friday, I got a notice that the original package was delivered to my great-niece's house. My niece called and told me about the second package of books arriving, and she offered to return them. I told her the whole story, and I told her to give them to one of her friends. It didn't seem right that she should have to go to all the trouble to return the books or that I would have to drive all the way back over to her house to pick them up and then return them.
Three days later I got a notice from Amazon that I would be charged for the second set of books if I did not return them. Now I was really angry. I called Amazon and they agreed (I have an email in which the Amazon staff person assured me in writing that the second set of books would be sent at no expense to me) to take the books off my account.
I leave for Paris on Monday. I will have wifi in the apartment in Paris, so I plan to blog while I am there, though I may appear to be blogging at very odd hours. Au revoir!
I'd love to hear about your week.
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- What was your week like?
- Read any good books? Tell us about them.
- What other bookish things did you do?
- What else is going on in your life?
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