You make me Greatful for Britain's Postal Service, I assume by Blackouts you mean Powercuts, You make me thankful for our Electricity, pity you haven't got a Freecycle or better still, a British friend who can buy the books and bring them to you from GB.
The only downside is,when i'm reading someone else..I miss Agatha Christie !!!I even interrupted my beloved Charles Dickens to read A Pale Horse.And whilst reading Mavis Doriel Hay,I'm already planning a trip down the Nile Poirot style !!!