I went to the bookstore today for the express purpose of purchasing a keeper edition of Emma, and barely got out of there for under $25. Believe it or not, sometimes I go in a bookstore, and nothing grabs me. Like an overwhelming feeling of 'Eh.' And sometimes I go in thinking, I can get that from the library...or I'll wait for that to come out in paperback...or I'll add that to my Amazon order to push the total past $25 and get free shipping.
Not so today.
The Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn, book four of the Lady Julia Grey novels. I have loved this series, which follows the often shocking exploits of an inquisitive and intellectual Victorian widow, including her romantic involvement with the unorthodox Gypsy detective Nicolas Brisbane. And the book itself is beautiful...the colors, the simplicity, the Indian-inspired edging on the midnight black book flaps. I can't wait!
I also bought The Captive for my younger son. No doubt inspired by the movie coming out tomorrow (Guardians of Ga'hoole--don't those owls look majestic??), he checked out book six in the Ga'hoole series from his school library. Well apparently that triggered an unexpected urgency inside me. He can't read book six first! Ludicrous! And since book one is not available at school or at either of the two libraries we frequent, I need to buy it. It makes no sense to wait! He might check out book three, and then book eight... The madness has to stop!
So that made it to the checkout counter on my stack too. I literally had to wrench myself away from the new book display in the kids section. I could have done some serious damage.