As the semester winds to a close (shocking, but true), I’m pleased to look over at the little pile of books I’ve accumulated this term. Because buying books for class is a concept entirely foreign to the British university system (apparently), I didn’t have to buy the piles of books I’ll never touch again, which somewhat freed up my book-lovin’ pocketbook for other esteemed purchases.
Still, I’m happy to report I didn’t go overboard. And, as a bonus, the latest addition to the club — a nice Oxford Pocket edition of Vanity Fair with a complete facsimile of the 1848 edition, including Thackeray’s own illustrations — was bought at a little Christmas market where some lovely British ladies were raising money to restore what appeared to be a barn or stable of some kind (they seemed particularly excited and confused by the prospect of installing “green water” toilets in the upstairs bathroom).
So what have you purchased recently in the book department? Anything good?
(And in case you can’t make out from the picture, we’ve got Lamb’s Essays on Elia (from Walden Books), Vanity Fair (from the Christmas market), Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys by Amelia Edwards (from the amazing outdoor book market under Waterloo Bridge), John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman (from Walden Books and no doubt my plane read for the trip home), and The Museum of Innocence, The Island Race, and Cultures of Empire all boringly from Waterstones.)