Emma and I went to Barnes and Novels the other day, and it has killed me. I am a student whose savings for the summer have gone into airplane tickets, so I knew I couldn't come out with the twenty-seven books I wanted to buy and the fifteen dvd's I wanted to buy also - and that was a TORTURE. I saw classics with beeeeyuuutiful covers (that solemn, serene, gorgeous cover of Anne of Avonlea is still haunting me, and I still want that squishy To Kill A Mockingbird copy. GIVE IT.), new books with shiny glitzy covers, books I'd never heard of that I just yearned to dive in to, and books I HAD heard of and have been on my Goodreads 'to read' list for like, thirteen hundred years.
To make matters worse, Emma spotted a marvellous copy of Testament of Youth, and she was kind enough to point it out to me. Because I have enough money. (But then I returned the favour by pointing out a CD of the entire Hamilton play recording. She bought it, because Emma sometimes can't resist things like that.)
ANYWAY. About Pride and Prejudice, right? :-)
I love Pride and Prejudice. People might say, 'Blahhh shut up it's boring and it's overrated' but I really do love the story, and I really do love the book, and I really have read it more than five times out of my own will. (Actually, I haven't read it for a while, but that will change because... duh.)
The problem is: I own three copies of P&P, and they're all rather ugly. One is on my kindle. Doesn't count. Scrap. One is in a huge big copy of Jane Austen's seven works, and 1) it's no fun to read out of it because it's so heavy and 2) it's getting really ugly and it has no cover. (Ugh.) Then I have a copy I stole (no don't worry not really) from my Grandparents, which is nice and small and good and all - but it's not that pretty and I've been wanting a REALLY beautiful copy of P&P for years now.
SO THEN I SAW THAT COPY, and I was like, 'Maybe this is it.'
It was one of the first books I saw, so I left it where it was as I investigated the other thousands of books in the bookstore and experienced great levels of despair and grief. But at the end I KNEW - I NEED THAT P&P COPY IN MY LIFE. Ten dollars and all. So I went ahead and picked it out as my item of expense. (I bought it.) And I'm so glad I did because it's the beautifullest copy of Pride and Prejudice that I've ever seen. It's leathery and kind of soft, and the font inside is quaint and just gorgeous. (The back side of the cover has no stickers, no ads, no silly blurbs, no praises from The Times or whatever, just the first line from P&P. In beautiful scroll-y handlettering.)
Basically, I'm so glad I have it and that's that. Bye. Be jealous.
Also - a small request: Emma and I, if we have time this week (I'm leaving on the 25th... :-( ) would like to consider to do a podcast (we stole this from Amy and Melody; no shame). So, PLU-leese ask some questions - any questions - you might have in the comments right now. Thanks m'loves. Mwah.
(The 'Mwah' was a kiss.)