Bookmarks & Over Book-Budget!


I was very grateful to the friend who sent me these three lovely floral-design bookmarks.

I don’t know about you, but I use a lot of bookmarks.  In fact, I never throw one away.  I  have that multiple-reading thing going:  right now I am reading Nick Hornby’s Funny Girl (with a Book Depository bookmark), Leonard Woolf’s Beginning Again (with a Planned Parenthood Book Sale bookmark), and Galsworthy’s To Let (with a City Lights bookmark).

I collect free bookmarks wherever I go.

Like you,  I have amassed bookmarks from Borders, The Book Depository, B&N, and Amazon.   I have garnered free bookmarks from Prairie Lights in Iowa City, The Haunted Bookshop in Iowa City, The Ruminator (a defunct bookstore ) in St. Paul,  The Bookworm in Omaha,  Skoob in London, Howards Books (now defunct) in Bloomington, The National Gallery in D.C., The Dickens Museum in London, the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, etc., etc..

IMG_3028A friend of mine in North Carolina once sent me a bookmark autographed by a favorite author who happened to be reading in her town.

Shouldn’t there be a bookmark swap website?   Is there a National Bookmark Month?  Do you like bookmarks as much as I do?

Over Budget!!!  Everyone fusses about how they must stop buying books.

I am one of them.

I am way over-budget.

My extraordinary collection of boxes.

My extraordinary collection of boxes.

See this extraordinary collection of boxes?  Yes, there are books in them.

Instead of going to London or touring the UNESCO Cities of Literature, I decided to take a Reading Vacation this year.

I know, right? It was what I wanted to do.

And then I Did the Thing.  I bought the Folio Society’s new expanded edition of Trollope’s The Duke’s Children (the complete text:  four volumes instead of three).

Consider it a hypomanic moment.

I was curious about the complete text of The Duke’s Children (the last book in the Palliser series, which I am rereading).

The Folio Society edition of The Duke's Children

The Folio Society edition of The Duke’s Children

And the next thing I knew I was at the Folio Society website and it was in my shopping cart.  I think I am now a member of the Folio Society.

Good God!

It’s a Lucy moment.

I can never possibly tell my husband, Ricardo.

Oh, well, maybe I can persuade a bunch of friends to go in on it with me, the way we did with Abbey Road.

Or sell it when I’m done for a profit at e-bay.

Thank God you can wear rags when you ride a bicycle.