The best life hack? Preordering books.

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I am bad at waiting. Actually, I'm downright dismal at it. I have very little patience at all; I'd have made a laughable 19th-century housewife because I'd have jumped into the ocean long before my husband returned from sea, or wherever it was husbands went off to in those days. As unglamorous as it might be to admit, I'm a big fan of good ol' fashion instant gratification.

On the surface, then, I'm about the worst possible ambassador there could be for preordering books. One of my favorite things is having something the moment I make up my mind to have it. Preordering books is — well, it's the opposite of that. It's getting really, really excited about something you can't have, then paying money for that thing, and then continuing to not have it for a long while yet.

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