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  1. Yes, this. It's easy with USPS click and ship to find out the exact price for shipping. I would mention it to management to make sure the employee is calculating shipping costs correctly.
  2. USPS is so much cheaper than UPS. I don't use them anymore. Either go with postal or FEDEX because UPS have gone up so much in the past couple years. Is it possible she got the costs backwards?
  3. I finished True Dead by Faith Hunter this week. So good with many surprises, a lot of vampire history and politics while Jane figures out her role as Dark Queen. I don't want to spoil it until you all @mumto2, @melmichigan, @Kareni have had a chance to read it. Currently reading a contemporary g rated romance series The Hudson Sisters by Mariah Stewart and on the 3rd book The Goodbye Cafe. Good story about two estranged sisters and a half sister they didn't know about who are forced to work together to renovate an old theatre in order to earn their inheritance from mutual father. Have also read Stewart's Chesapeake Diaries series as well as all her romance suspense FBI Books which are quite good.
  4. Happy Sunday! This week we celebrate Banned Books Week. The theme for Banned Books Week this year is "Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us." Banned Books Week was created in 1982 by the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom, in response to challenges and requests to ban books from libraries and bookstores due to their content. Poems and poetry collections, and poets have also been censored throughout history including Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. I have the book on my shelves, so will have to dive in to see what the fuss is all about. According to the American Library Association the top ten most challenged books and the reasons why for the past year are: "George by Alex Gino: Reasons: Challenged, banned, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, conflicting with a religious viewpoint, and not reflecting “the values of our community” Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds: Reasons: Banned and challenged because of author’s public statements, and because of claims that the book contains “selective storytelling incidents” and does not encompass racism against all people All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely: Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity, drug use, and alcoholism, and because it was thought to promote anti-police views, contain divisive topics, and be “too much of a sensitive matter right now” Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: Reasons: Banned, challenged, and restricted because it was thought to contain a political viewpoint and it was claimed to be biased against male students, and for the novel’s inclusion of rape and profanity The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and allegations of sexual misconduct by the author Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin: Reasons: Challenged for “divisive language” and because it was thought to promote anti-police views To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Reasons: Banned and challenged for racial slurs and their negative effect on students, featuring a “white savior” character, and its perception of the Black experience Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: Reasons: Banned and challenged for racial slurs and racist stereotypes, and their negative effect on students The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison: Reasons: Banned and challenged because it was considered sexually explicit and depicts child sexual abuse The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: Reasons: Challenged for profanity, and it was thought to promote an anti-police message." Celebrate your freedom to read a banned or challenged book this week! ****************** Count of Monte Cristo Chapter 91. Mother and Son Chapter 92. The Suicide Chapter 93. Valentine Link to week 38 Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as share your book reviews with other readers around the globe.
  5. Finished J.R. Robb's Forgotten in Death, another great entry in the In Death series. I kept thinking I know who did it, but nope that person wasn't it, then the one, but nope. I was right there with Eve as she followed the clues and finally figured it out. Started Faith Hunter's True Dead and also dove into the middle of a new to me author and O'Halleran Security International series by T.J. Logan with # 3 Deadly Deception. (One of the freebies from a week or so ago) Enjoyed it enough to get the kindle unlimited #1 Deadly Secret. We watched Ford vs Ferrari tonight which was quite good and recommend if you want to know more about the beginnings of Carroll Shelby, his relationship with Ford, and racing.
  6. Since the majority of our readers live in areas several hours ahead of me and I’m late to bed, late to rise on Sunday, I will post Saturday night before I go to bed. ************************** Climb aboard our good ship Pumdeg Dau o Lyfrau and let us sail over the trees and seas and look upon the leaves for the September Equinox is upon us with Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and Spring in the Southern Hemisphere. Let's follow the breeze and celebrate the changing of the season and fall into reading with a book about the seasons, the changing of the guard, the passing of time. Maybe even get an early start on something spooky as October is coming up fast. The sights and sounds of autumn are my favorite time of year with the wind rustling through the branches, and the crunch and crackle of fallen leaves. All the shades of yellow and orange and purple and red form a colorful palette on which to play. "Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love — that makes life and nature harmonize. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one's very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot, letter to Miss Lewis, 1st October 1841" What is your favorite part of the season? ****************** Count of Monte Cristo Chapter 88. The Insult Chapter 89. The Night Chapter 90. The Meeting Link to week 37 Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as share your book reviews with other readers around the globe.
  7. Have you read the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries by Alice Kimberly aka Cleo Coyle? They are entertaining as well. Oh, those look interesting. I've been off on a tangent myself with Darynda Jones Charley Davidson series. Just finished the last book in the series with Summoned to Thirteenth Grave which was a tiny bit disappointing as there seemed to be a lack of continuity with the rest of the books which were very very good. Good enough to binge read the past couple weeks. Oh well. Forgotten in Death has been waiting in the wings and will start reading it tonight, plus waiting for Faith Hunter's True Dead to arrive tomorrow.
  8. @LaughingCat I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Lots of virtual hugs winging your way. @Negin I didn't know Big Little Lies was a book. I'd only heard about the netflix series which I haven't seen. Like you I much prefer books over the video versions. I'll have to check it out. @Granny_Weatherwax Yes, I know you mean about getting distracted by other things, especially the Open. Haven't watch it, but have gotten distracted with Netflix shows. Oh my gosh, that's so cute. Didn't know an action figure existed.
  9. You are absolutely amazing with the spelling challenge. Glad you are having fun with it.
  10. I’m still ensconced in Darynda Jones world of Charley Davidson and currently on book #11 Eleventh in the Grave. Once I’m through with the wild and wacky world of the grim reaper, angels and demons, ghosts, mystery and murder, J.D. Robb’s latest in her Eve Dallas series Forgotten in Death is waiting in the wings. Books I've added to my virtual stacks are Heather Grahams second book in her Krewe of Hunters series Heart of Evil and the 2nd book in S.K, Dunstall's Stars Uncharted series Stars Beyond and book lust lead me to getting 10 urban fantasies as well as military romances from the freebie list Karen posted the other day.
  11. Since the majority of our readers live in areas several hours ahead of me and I’m late to bed, late to rise on Sunday, I will post Saturday night before I go to bed. ************************** To me, reading is as necessary as breathing. Without my books, I get very cranky. I love the stories that make you sigh as well as the ones that make you hold your breath and forget to let it out. The ones that grab you and pull you into the world of the characters, the ones that make you want to dive into the world of the book and not let go. The ones that make you think, and the ones that make you laugh out loud or cry. The ones that make you wish you had the imagination to write, along with the ones that make you want to throw them across the room for various reasons. The ones that stay with you long after you've finished the book. And the ones that make you want to revisit them over and over again. If you can't tell by now, I have a case of book lust which brings me to Nancy Pearl, the author of Book Lust and so much more. It was just announced that The National Book Foundation will be presenting to Nancy Pearl the 2021 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community on Nov 17, 2021. Book Lust, More Book Lust, and Book Lust to Go are so much fun to peruse, but I have to admit to getting lost in rabbit trails while looking up books which of course had lead to a startling long wishlist and an ever growing TBR stack. Pearl even has a Book Lust Journal in which to record your thoughts on stories. Check out Pearl's Podcasts, her interview on How Reading Informs the Person That You Are, and the Millions interview about her first fictional novel George and Lizzie and Getting Out of Her Own Skin. Share which book or books have you added to your stacks lately? ********************* Count of Monte Cristo Chapter 85. The Journey Chapter 86. The Trial Chapter 87. The Challenge ********************** Link to week 36 Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as share your book reviews with other readers around the globe.
  12. My answer to favorite number is 42. Yes, that. Hubby said I'll make margaritas forgetting that both the blenders are now broken. He's now cleaning up the mess he said it would take five minutes to take care of, given his ingenuity in which he managed to make delicious margaritas with an ice crusher and the ice bucket. Dinner will be really, really late.
  13. I'm immersed in the strange, yet hilarious world of the Charley Davidson 13 book series in which Charley is the grim reaper written by Darynda Jones Finished (#1) First Grave on the Right, (#2) Second Grave on the Left, and currently on #3 Third Grave Dead Ahead. All of which match well with our challenge of the week. We just finished watching Cruella which was excellent.
  14. Since the majority of you live in areas several hours ahead of me and I’m late to bed, late to rise on Sunday, I will post Saturday night before I go to bed. ************************** Happy Sunday! If you are a procrastinator, then today is your day as it is Be Late for Something Day. Your excuse. You got caught up in a book as you wanted to get a head start on Read a Book Day on Labor Day. Which brings us to our next 52 Books Bingo category which is read a book with a Number in the Title. You can interpret it any way you like by reading a book with an actual number in the title or the word number in the title or with numbers on the cover or a book about numbers. I fell in like with this poem the instant I read it. NUMBERS BY MARY CORNISH I like the generosity of numbers. The way, for example, they are willing to count anything or anyone: two pickles, one door to the room, eight dancers dressed as swans. I like the domesticity of addition— add two cups of milk and stir— the sense of plenty: six plums on the ground, three more falling from the tree. And multiplication’s school of fish times fish, whose silver bodies breed beneath the shadow of a boat. Even subtraction is never loss, just addition somewhere else: five sparrows take away two, the two in someone else’s garden now. There’s an amplitude to long division, as it opens Chinese take-out box by paper box, inside every folded cookie a new fortune. And I never fail to be surprised by the gift of an odd remainder, footloose at the end: forty-seven divided by eleven equals four, with three remaining. Three boys beyond their mother’s call, two Italians off to the sea, one sock that isn't anywhere you look. Inquiring minds would like to know: What is your favorite number and why? Have fun following rabbit trails! ************************** Count of Monte Cristo Chapter 82. The Burglary Chapter 83. The Hand of God Chapter 84. Beauchamp Link to week 35 Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as share your book reviews with other readers around the globe.
  15. On the verge means to me 5 minutes to one hour so besides computers, phones, and charges, (hope we have electricity where we're going) I'd grab our wedding albums and my this is your life scrapbook my mom gave to me when I was 30, plus MIL memorabilia box. A box of food.
  16. Thank you for contributing to my sweet tooth for romance. Off to peruse the selections. No need to send out a search party since you all will know where I am if I don't return anytime soon. 😀
  17. Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time is coming to Amazon Prime. Here's the trailer. I think it's going to be completely different from the book. Currently reading Darynda Jones First Grave on the Right Charley is a walking s**t magnet and keeps going from disaster to disaster, usually those of her own making. "Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely." It's exactly the fluff I needed after reading Penny's depressing Madness of Crowds.
  18. Sounds good. I like Armstrong's books so will have to check it out.
  19. Good idea. I keep a list of books on my blog but don't write one line reviews on every single one.
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