Tuesday, 9 July 2013

She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).

I've been admiring Barnes and Noble's leather bound edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass for ages. I've been watching a copy on Ebay, but I wasn't willing to pay nearly £20 for it. I was very happy when I came across it quite by accident while browsing the Waterstones website, where they were selling it for £12 with free postage.


The title of this post describes my attitude towards books perfectly. I am always telling other people that I'm going to stop buying books that I don't really need, and that I'm going to be organised and give some away or sell a few of them. Do I ever actually do this? No. This is how I've ended up with two bookcases and a bridging unit that are almost full. I already own a paperback version of Wonderland, and now I ought to be trying to convince myself that I don't need both of these versions. I also own The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, but I still insist that I hang onto the individual plays I own. I have absolutely no idea why.

Regardless of whether or not I need it, or have the space for it, it is undeniably beautiful. I'm actually glad that I own it in paperback too, because I'd be very concerned about ruining this one. It looks wonderful on my bookcase!

If you've not read the book next to it, Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, I highly recommend you go out and buy it!
If buying a book that I didn't need purely because it was beautiful wasn't enough, I also decided to head to a book fair a few weeks ago with my mum, who was in need of some holiday reading material. I usually leave book fairs empty handed, so I went along expecting to help her choose a few books and go for coffee, but instead I left with nine books. My mum bought nine also, and it came to a total of £6 for eighteen books!


Ignoring my worn carpet, those are my book fair purchases! I was extremely pleased to find the full set of The Malloreon series by David Eddings. I thoroughly enjoyed The Belgariad so I'm looking forward to reading those! I also managed to find Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Suspense which was a very welcome sight amongst the piles of books, especially since it was only 50p! It has a wonderful cover.


And while we are on the subject of things that I shouldn't be buying...I also bought a lovely necklace from The Crypt of Curiosities on Etsy a few weeks ago. I wanted to share a couple of pictures of it since it's so pretty, but I didn't think it warranted a whole post. I will admit that I'd opened the bag before I took the photo, but I couldn't help myself! It was also too beautifully packaged not to photograph.


The quality of light in my room is really strange at the moment, sorry!
It's a really pretty necklace. I had to shorten it because it was too long for me so it hangs a little differently (I have to shorten almost all the jewellery I buy). It's a lot simpler and minimalistic than my other necklaces, but I think that's why I like so much! I've been getting a lot of wear of it. I can't fault the service either, it was dispatched quickly and it's a gorgeous necklace!


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland from Barnes and Noble costs £12.00 and can be purchased from the Waterstones website.

Do you get attached to books? How do you finally convince yourself to part with them?

Disclaimer: I purchased all of the items in this post myself.

17 comments:

  1. I never part with books, ever! I read them til they fall apart and then buy new ones. I don't own or watch tv so if I choose to fill the space that a tv & stand & probably a DVD cabinet would go with books.... I am a happy bunny

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  2. Lol, I do however regret that fact after moving house 3 times in the last year.... I will get a kindle soon or the house will become a fire hazard :)

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    1. I have a TV but I hardly ever watch it, I would choose books over television any day! Just about every free space in my room is filled with books, some of which have fallen apart but I still can't part with them because I've had them for so long!

      Haha, I can imagine! I'm still refusing to buy a Kindle, I enjoy buying books too much!

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  3. This must be some kind of sickness. I suffer from the same thing. I always tell my self I wont buy more books (at least not until I give some away)... Last week bought three new additions that I'm alternating to read. D:
    Well at least they bring such joy ^_^

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    1. It's an addiction! At least you read them over and over I suppose! I bought another two books the other day after I swore to myself that I wouldn't!

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  4. I love B&N leather collection as well. Great add to your book collection. I have read mostly every "classic" book around but when you love them so much, it is like a duty to buy them in a leather bound edition. I dont know, maybe i have that weird thing only :P Not to mention that i would rather buy books over other things and it is weird because i have so many to read already :P Awwwww gosh and all the other books! How excited is to find cheap gorgeous books?! I adore the Poe book ^^ And what a lovely necklace, she does have so many wonderful designs! Great purchase! Great purchase in general, hope you enjoy them all :D

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    1. It really is! I have books that are worn from so much reading, and others that are meant to be looked at instead of read so they are in pristine condition! I'm a collector as well as a reader I guess! Cheap books will be my downfall, they are taking up space on every available surface in my room already!

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  5. That necklace is gorgeous!
    Love the Alice book too, so pretty. I have the same book-hoarding problem :)

    Jess xo

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    1. It really is, she makes some beautiful things! Haha, it seems to be a common affliction!

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  6. YES buy ALL the books! I really want to go to a book fair now! I'll have to keep my eye out for one! xoxo

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    1. Don't do it, you'll come home with a library! You can't say I didn't warn you! ;)

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  7. There is a Facebook page entitled 'No, I do NOT have too many books!' which I entirely agree with! I have them everywhere - second hand, new, library, old, new, tattered, pristine. I was recently given the B&N bound editions of H.P.Lovecraft's Collected Tales and their Poe collected works, both gorgeous. I went for a walk on Monday and came home with 6 books, including my new favorite author, A.S. Byatt - her reworking of several fairy tales The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye and Ragnarok are currently littering my desk.

    Having lots of books is an excuse to have lots of lovely wooden bookshelves....!

    Oh, and I love David Eddings. He was my first proper introduction to fantasy and my books are disintegrating through over reading, as it's my go-to comfort read. As a short redhead I have a soft spot for Ce'Nedra, though I'd always wanted to be the Margravene Liselle, who'll you'll be meeting shortly!

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    1. Haha, there is no such thing as too many books! I am lusting after the B&N edition of Poe's collected works! A.S Byatt sounds like an author I'd like, I'll look her up!

      Indeed! Eventually I'll end up with a room specially for use as a library! Unfortunately I don't have the room for any more shelves!

      Yes! I read the Belgariad when I was very young, I'm not sure why I never got around to reading the Mallorean but I am looking forward to it! I have a soft spot for Ce'Nedra too, even in her spoiled moments!

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    2. I discovered a 'secret shelf' in my local Waterstones on Friday - 3rd floor, tucked behind the stairs in the darkest recess where they hide all the window 'soiled' books that they sell off remarkably cheap. I'd gone in for the new Neil Gaiman book and ended up with quite a bit more, but at 99p per paperback it was just too tempted (though alas The Ocean at the End of the Lane was a little more pricey but I did have a lovely nerd talk with the nice chap who served me, and who I'd quite like to take for tea and buns...)

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    3. I'm wondering if my local Waterstones has a secret shelf now! At 99p per paperback I'd have lost my mind! Hahaha, I love it when I find random people to talk to about books when I'm out and about! There was a guy volunteering in my library and I was speaking to him about LOTR and when I left I realised I'd been in there talking for over an hour!

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  8. I know exactly how you feel, I can't enter a secondhand bookshop or charity shop without coming away with at least one book! When prices are that low how can you not walk away with a bundle! I say, having a book addiction is a lot healthier than other addictions!

    I received that Alice book for my birthday, it was definitely one of my favourite presents, it just feels 'wonderlandy' doesn't it! I want that Poe book, I just love the cover, such a fantastic score for 50p! :D ♥

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    1. I am very glad that the charity shop I work in doesn't sell books! I think it would be healthy if I had the room for them! Even Figgy fell over some of my books yesterday!

      I couldn't believe it when I checked the price! I marched it straight over to the seller before anybody could steal it from me! The Alice book would make a wonderful gift! It may be the most beautiful book that I own!

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