Who can believe that it has been SIX weeks since I bought a book for myself? When you start doing this, it is hard, but it gets easier, particularly once you have got out of the habit of looking for 1p copies of books on Amazon, and once you try to avoid the charity shops (I did make the mistake of going into Oxfam books this week and found it very hard to leave the lovely green Virago modern classics copies of four of Rosamund Lehmann's novels behind).
On the plus side, I have made good inroads into my TBR bookcase, which now stands at 48 books, plus 25 Virago modern classics. Despite continuing to get library books at a rate of knots, I hope to get that down to 40+20 before I go on my holidays (and packing holiday reading should deplete it a little futher); the only thing that stops me from reading more things from it is that there are books on it which I will eventually want to read but now is not quite the right time. Frustrating for someone who likes to keep things tidy!
I am hoping that there will be a new Susan Scarlett title from Greyladies for Christmas; if so, this will be the book that breaks the book-ban. But back to the ban in 2010 I think, certainly for Lent if not before.
Non essential spending has gone less well this week as I succombed to some Nativity shaped cookie cutters so that I can make a nativity out of shortbread. Watch this space...
Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley
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