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.
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