So what torture test of will-power had I devised for myself last time? Buy 1 book for every 4 read. OK, so I had a great reading month in April – I read 11 books. When rounded up (what else?), that gave me permission to buy 3. So I bought the two I was hankering after last month – the new Michael Collins and Damon Galgut. It was going so well and then ….
I knew I should not have opened the flyer for the Folio Society spring sale – not when there were free gifts to be had. Absolute must have free gifts … really. When you’re in Scotland, you need as many of these as you can possibly lay your hands on ….
I only had to order one book …. which, of course, quickly became four. 2 Bill Brysons (and Folio Society, if you’re reading will you please produce an edition of my absolute favourite Bryson, A Walk in The Woods), 1 P D James and a volume of short stories by Ambrose Bierce, whose satirical Devil’s Dictionary keeps me occupied for hours. Don’t my new babies look lovely? Colour-coordinated even!
Why four? Because they came with another gift – something I’ve been book-lusting for since publication, though at £200 a shot, a tad expensive. But the two volume History of the Book Throughout The Ages is undeniably glorious! Why resist temptation?