Saturday, August 6, 2011

Ahh the temptation..

It's bad.  It's very bad.  There is a certain French website kind of like Amazon that I use to order all of my books from France that I can't find here or on (or if I don't like the price from  It's called and a teacher of mine at Buffalo State College introduced me to it.  I heart it.  I can get paperbacks for like 4 or 5 euros and ship them to the states.  Shipping is based on weight and usually is just about double the book's  price.  It seems like it would be a lot, but it's not because France has so many affordable "poche" books out there (our trade paperbacks are similar).  So once a year, I do a big order of a bunch of books.  I usually wait until around Octobr or November.  But I want my books now.  You see, dear readers, I've read all the books I bought last year.  The only French book I have to read until the end of the year is Zola's Au bonheur des dames.  And the thought of me finishing it and having NO books en français is pretty horrifying.

Now the catch is that much of France is on holiday for the month of August.  If I place my order right at this very instant like I soooo want to do, my books probably won't even ship until September.  Trust me.  I once ordered books for school from in August like my teacher told us to.  And then the next day she was freaking out like, "OHMYGOSH did I have you guys order from fnac??  In August??!"  It took over a month to get our books.  Usually when I order from them, the goods come like within a week.  So I guess I could order my books now and I won't be charged until September..  Or I could wait until October or November.  Or until I have a new job.  But then it's like, maybe I should buy my books before I have to start paying those pesky student loans??  And before I change my car over to my own name and have to start making my own car insurance payments every month without the help of my mom (thanks Mom!). 

I guess I'll wait. 


  1. I just recently read that Zola book-- and now I know where to get the rest of the Rougon-Macquart series in French, thanks!

  2. Je ne savais pas qu'on pouvait commander les livres de la Fnac de l'extérieur!!! Je fais provision à chaque fois que je passe par la France, mais le poids des bagages ralentit mes ardeurs!! Je vais voir combien coûterait une commande à livrer au Québec. Merci pour l'info!