Adventures in Reading

Must… Resist… Buying…
April 9, 2008, 1:33 pm
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So far so good on the not purchasing books front. It has been very close mind you, but what I have found helpful is the hold shelf at work. One of the perks of being a worker bee is that a special hold area is allowed for our future purchases. Depending on various factors, a book can be placed on hold for two weeks to a month, but the section is seldom bothered with and books being held can almost have an indefinite status. I made a deal with myself after nearly giving into an impulse purchase of a three volume set of Susannah Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. That is, I’ll put the item on the hold shelf and if I still really want it two to four weeks later I will reconsider purchasing it (or putting it on the shelf or putting it on hold again). Ultimately, I said no to this particular three volume set.

However, one book has had my mouth watering for nearly a year: Brewer’s Dictionary of Fable, Myth, and Phrase. In short, a dictionary containing all of those wonderous literary and poetic words and phrases and the current edition also includes a fabulous introduction by Terry Pratchett. I’m doing my best to simply include it on my list of demands for my birthday, but it is so tempting.



my hard back copy of JS&MN has your name on it if you’d liked it. I have attempted a couple times to read it and its just not happening. Just remind me next time we get together so I don’t forget.

Comment by Mys Ebrel

Mys Ebrel: Thanks for the offer but I might pass. I’m really, really trying to resist getting more books and am actually shortly on my way to sell 2 1/2 boxes of books this afternoon.

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