Labor Day Weekend Book Bender, part deux

In my defense…oh, I’ll just shut up now. I do not have time to read these books, I cannot afford them, and I don’t have shelf space for them. Yet, I bought them anyway. Another possible epitaph for me.

Also, the blog is showing these pics in a fun-house format, and I have no idea how to fix it. I hope the books aren’t self-conscious because they look fatter than they are in real life.


The titles, and becauses:

Weight by Jeannette Winterson. A candidate for the book group I moderate. And: $2! Part of the Canongate Myth series, along with Buddha and A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong.
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. Because Stevenson was mentioned in Peace Like a River, and that’s all the excuse I need.
Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler. A candidate for the book group. (I’m auditioning them, doncha know? Also known as: nerdishly obsessing and compulsively buying.)
Oliver Twist by Dickens. The Penguin cloth-bound cover!
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. (Who was also mentioned in Peace Like a River, but this title wasn’t.) The Ruben Toledo Cover!

G. Grod to me: You aren’t actually going to read that again, are you?
Me: …
Him: You bought it for the cover, didn’t you?
Me: …

But oh, can you blame me for buying these books (at half price plus 20% off) for THESE covers?



4 Responses to “Labor Day Weekend Book Bender, part deux”

  1. V Says:

    Hawthorne also was in Tinkers. The dad got a first edition from the hermit in the woods, and the son had it in a safety deposit box.

  2. Kerry Says:

    I fully endorse the publishers’ trickery of glamour covers for the classics–have you seen the Penguin embroidery covers? WANT.

  3. girldetective Says:

    Kerry, just today at Magers and Quinn in Mpls I held in my hands the Penguin Threads copies of Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Wind in the Willows, and Emma. They are, indeed, lovely. (I bought nothing! Nothing!) Restraint!

  4. girldetective Says:

    Exactly: it was in TWO of the 3 books we read for the book group, so I HAD to buy it. Also, cover of The Scarlet Letter = Amy Pond and baby Melody?