Posted in BOOKS, Personal, The Geek in me

Professional Books…

… are still THE thing.
From the “Dummies” series to subject matter books, in this case bookkeeping, GST and tax rulings and such. If I find a book somewhere in the shops or within a discussion and find the cost a bit steep I will always check the same on the Book Depository.

More often than not I will find what I am looking for at a much lower price and in all varieties such as hard cover, paperback and sometimes e-books.

I have been buying my own and my children’s books for a few years now at the BD and have not ever had a problem. And if there is a delayed delivery or a faulty item I made contact and received a reply in less than 24 hours. Bear in mind that I am in Oz while the BD is in the UK.
For my leisure reading I usually review books first on GoodReads and if I find something, I can even create lists on the Book Depository.

I have wishlists for both my kids and myself. Once I buy a book off the list it drops away from it. Best of all > absolutely free shipping worldwide. Unless you need something within a week (this cannot be guaranteed), I probably wouldn’t go anywhere else.

I have tried numerous other Australian online book stores but somehow always find my way back to the BD.
This is my note for the day which came about while I was writing something else for this blog. It occurred to me how much we are still loving our “in-paper-bound” books, even my son who is now in High School and can chose between Textbook + E-book or just E-book. He will always go for the first option. So did my daughter btw. and both are avid readers (of different genres admittedly).
So check it out if you’re after some down-time reading material: Book Depository.

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Posted in Hobbies, Personal

Journal haul

I might be just a little crazy :-). I now have accumulated a few Journal Notebooks and even went so far as to get two big pencil cases. I needed to house my gel pens, pencils, tapes and such and unfortunately I couldn’t get the one I really wanted as they are not shipped to Australia.

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This black case I purchased off Amazon and I love it.

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The following purple case I had found in a local shop, I did put the stickers on to give it a personal touch 🙂

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And here are my notebooks but I am yet to make up my mind which one to use next.

 

The cute little traveler’s retro        The notebook on the left             The blue book is a gift       notebook to the left I bought           came all the way from                  from my son. The green  on eBay. Even has a matching         Germany.It is a “SoftTouch”     book is a Claire Fontaine, ruler.                                                         192 blank white pages, 32           192 white blank pages.

The pink one has Mandala                                                                                       pages amongst blank white                                                                       pages.


I need to note that the red “SoftTouch” and the blue “Make It Happen”book are hard cover notebooks, whilst the other three are soft covers.

All in all, I have been “journalling” now since 9 September, so just over two month and I am still enjoying it. This however I only achieved while realising that I should not be my journals slave but rather the journal should be my assistant. If I have nothing to write into it – that’s fine. However, I do enjoy preparing for the cming week on Sunday afternoon or night.

And of course – I like it best when big family events happen such as my daughters engagement while she was overseas on holidays leaving with her boyfriend and returning with a fiance ♥. The pages then take a rapid artistic turn with stickers, washi tape and sometimes my own drawing.

That’s it for now. Take care and stay safe xx J.

Posted in BOOKS, Personal

Book Review

Crown of Midnight

Book 2 of the “Throne of Glass” series by Sarah J. Maas

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Recommendations were for “teenagers/young adults depending on maturity”. It is probably a correct assumption considering the style of writing and maturity is a factor if recommending to that age group.

However, my children are 21 and 13 but I am the one reading the series and by doing so exclusively (without grabbing one of the other books on my “currently reading” list) the story line must be captivating. Trust me – I am quite mature 🙂

“Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all .”

I like the fact that the writer chooses to start a new book every time Celaena’s life is about to start a new chapter. It keeps the story line clean in my opinion and allows for new adventures, characters and yes shocks to enter her world (or ours as readers).

It has royalty (the good and the bad), assassins, faeries, witches, dragons, good and bad magic and demons as well. But also intrigue, betrayal, action and yes – love.

There is no dull moment in the story, but some predictability here and there.

Overall, if you are a fan of fantasy and even are a bit more mature, give it a try and see where the assassins adventures take you.

As always, let me know what you are reading xx J.

Posted in BOOKS, Hobbies, Personal

Customer Service

By now all my followers here and peeps that came by to have a look would know that I am an avid reader. Thankfully I have passed this on to my two children.

Anyway, as there are so many interesting titles and genres available I found the best site to purchase my books to be the Book Depository.

I have no idea how many books my two babies and I have purchased over the years… I lost count. Nevertheless I have not ever had a drama. On one occasion I waited patiently for an edition but 5 weeks later I asked the question if it could be tracked as it may have been lost somewhere between the UK and Australia. A reply in less than 24 hours offered me a choice between a refund or a replacement, I chose the latter which eventually arrived. I wasn’t in a hurry as I didn’t plan it as a gift but rather for my own amusement.

This was the only time ever I had to get in contact until today that is….

In my latest order I included a Moleskine Booklight which would have been a fantastic tool for a late-night reader like me. However – after 24 hours charging it wouldn’t work. Silly me only now researched the item and it seems to be a common issue.

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So – I wrote my problem into the “Contact Us” box and sent it off. Just over 3 hours later and I have already received the most polite apology and agreement that these lights possibly do not ship well. The kind Lucy than advised that the refund has already been issued as she cannot guarantee that a replacement item will work any better.

That my friends is service.

Well done Book Depository. I may have lost my booklight but I will not leave you in a hurry.

Stay safe and take care as always, J. xx