this post, just a few weeks ago, I wrote this,
The dilemma is - do I buy two more books to make it to 3,000 by the end
of the year when I've stopped buying books & haven't ordered a
single thing for a month? My plan was not to buy any books until at
least the New Year & as I'm doing nothing but rereading at the
moment, I've had no temptation to buy anything until I realised I was so
close to the magic 3,000. At the moment, I feel that I won't buy those
two books, I'll just wait until something (or two somethings) comes along
that I can't resist.
I currently have 2,996 books on Library Thing (Claire Harman's biography of Charlotte Brontë arrived a few weeks ago & at least I've read it already. By the way, there's a fascinating look at how the lovely embroidered cover of the UK/Australian edition was created by Chloe Giordano here, just scroll down a little. Thanks to Vintage Reads for the link). Jennifer Morag Henderson's biography of Josephine Tey was on preorder & has just arrived (2,997). I also have a Standing Order for the Slightly Foxed editions & Helene Hanff's 84 Charing Cross Road will be published any day now. (2,998 & the 3rd copy of one of my favourite books).
You may be wondering what Hugh Walpole's Rogue Herries is doing at the top of this post. Well, many years ago, a friend I worked with at the library recommended Walpole's Herries Chronicles & I never forgot the recommendation. This was before the internet & abebooks so I just filed it away in my mind. Years later Frances Lincoln reprinted the series so five years ago I bought the first book (very restrained of me) & it sat on the tbr shelves. Then, a couple of weeks ago, Clouston & Hall's November catalogue came out. Clouston & Hall are a remainders bookseller in Canberra & I've been buying books from them for over 30 years. It would have been impolite not to scroll through the catalogue so I did, hoping I wouldn't find anything I wanted.
I looked through my favourite sections as always - Biography, History, Language & Literature - & everything I liked, I already had. I thought I was safe until I reached W in Language & Literature.
I thought I should at least read Rogue Herries to find out whether I'd made a terrible mistake & fallen off the wagon to no purpose. But, I loved it & I'll be reviewing it here soon. I wonder how long it will take me to start on the second book? I'm also firmly back on the no book buying wagon & plan to stay there for at least three months.