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for me to spend a small fortune on book??!! need to feel less guilty

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lovecamping Mon 25-Aug-08 22:53:13

i know i should have gone to the library but my kids have damaged the last few books we borrowed from the library and we're lost a couple so i've had to play for them anyway.

a couple of books are presents for DH...

should i send them back when they arrive???

wot a stupid dilemma .. i know i'm sorry blush

Lomond Mon 25-Aug-08 22:54:18

i'm the wrong person to answer, I love books! smile

lilolilmanchester Mon 25-Aug-08 22:54:22

Which books did you buy and how much did you spend? Can you afford them? If so, don't worry about it. If you can't then you need to think twice.

MaureenMLove Mon 25-Aug-08 22:55:49

Books are always an investment IMO! Were they classics that will last forever?

3andnomore Mon 25-Aug-08 22:57:21

well...I couldn't really say...as I just spend £140 today on 18 Books....3 were Textbooks for the Course I am starting in September and the rest were biography kind of books on the adviced reading list...so, I have an excuse...
fwiw...I don't think one can ever have to many books, and as for pending to much....only if you didn't get the best dea, imo

lovecamping Mon 25-Aug-08 22:59:26

there are a few books to keep the kids amused on a 4 hour flight (rather than buy them at the airport), a couple for DH, then each dc has a couple of books each.

we can afford it but we could also spend the money on something else.

i just love books and we do spend lots of time reading/sticker books ... although dd1 is reluctant to read to me!!

lilolilmanchester Mon 25-Aug-08 23:00:36

check out the bookpeople if that isn't where you ordered your books from - they are so reasonable.

lovecamping Mon 25-Aug-08 23:03:07

it was with the book people that i've spent the small fortune grin. their collections section is fantastic and got some usborne books as well. quite like their points sytem too.

lovecamping Mon 25-Aug-08 23:03:09

it was with the book people that i've spent the small fortune grin. their collections section is fantastic and got some usborne books as well. quite like their points sytem too.

teafortwo Mon 25-Aug-08 23:08:52

lovecamping - what about yourself???? Did you buy any books for you??? If so which ones so we can all swoon!

lovecamping Mon 25-Aug-08 23:11:28

you're right teafortwo - i didnt get anything for myself. not sure why but i do it all the time. hhmmm ..

lovecamping Mon 25-Aug-08 23:13:49

am desparate to read 'a charming man' though but trying to hold out until we go on holiday in october !

TheHedgeWitch Mon 25-Aug-08 23:20:24

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lovecamping Mon 25-Aug-08 23:22:31

you are right, there is nothing to feel guilty about with books. the kids will love them and i will love reading them to them !!! smile

teafortwo Mon 25-Aug-08 23:23:16

Hang on one cotton picking second then -

You are guilty for buying your children books - these magical things that will teach them about life, humanity, help them to develop their literacy skills which in the long term will enable them to get good jobs, make their own decisions in life be liberated and learned??? shock

What you should be guilty about is NOT buying yourself a few books too - because how are you going to model good literacy to your children without a few great reads by your bedside table or in your handbag????!!!!????

Sorry if that came out too harshly!!!!

I just wanted you to know you should be PROUD not guilty!!!! And know you should have bought yourself a few good books too!!!!

lovecamping Mon 25-Aug-08 23:28:52

thank you very much teafortwo. i'm am gutted to not have brought anything for myself!! grin

what books do you suggest for good reading teafortwo?

notcitrus Mon 25-Aug-08 23:30:27

Hedgewitch - my dad will vouch that there is such a thing as spending too much money on books - because my mum collects Victorian bookbindings, with gold tooling, vellum pages, beautiful Morocco calfskin leather, etc, etc.

But if it's books for actual reading, definitely a good role model for your kids!
Admittedly I need to learn to exit an Oxfam Bookshop with fewer books than I go in with...

BlackEyedDog Mon 25-Aug-08 23:36:34

buying books is my one vice.

Oh all right it isn't. But however skint I am I never feel bad spending our money on books.

teafortwo Mon 25-Aug-08 23:45:13

ha ha ha - I was a bit scared of offending you when I pressed 'post' so I am glad for your positive post back, lovecamping!! [requests a mn relieved smiley]

We might not have the same tastes in fiction but I can tell you a few books that I love...

I just finished this it is so so good!!!!

www.amazon.co.uk/Interpreter-Maladies-Jhumpa-Lahiri/dp/0006551793/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=121 9703768&sr=8-1

www.amazon.co.uk/Their-Eyes-Were-Watching-God/dp/0860685241/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=121970396 1&sr=1-1

This one is my comfort blanket reads

www.amazon.co.uk/Beware-Pity-Stefan-Zweig/dp/1901285499/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219704119&sr =1-1

This one is strange, sad and rather lovely.

Ermmm.... I can keep going if you like them so far but they might just sound a bit mushy to you - I have a very feminine taste in literature! TheHedgewitch maybe you have a few titles to add?

teafortwo Mon 25-Aug-08 23:48:27

www.amazon.co.uk/Angle-Repose-Penguin-Modern-Classics/dp/0141188006/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1 219704377&sr=1-4

This is really a lovely novel it sort of stays with you for ages afterwards. A few weeks ago I bought crossing to safety because I was missing Stegner's style so much!

claudiaschiffer Mon 25-Aug-08 23:58:21

>stern< Never feel guilty about buying books. Books are magical and fab and worth every penny.

To sound a bit of a ponce for a moment but a love of reading is such a fabulous gift to give your dc's. Teafortwo is right.

teafortwo Tue 26-Aug-08 00:00:09

www.amazon.co.uk/Woman-Berlin-Diary-April-1945/dp/1844081125/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=12197047 15&sr=1-1

www.amazon.co.uk/Grand-Central-Station-Down-Wept/dp/0586090398/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=121970 4908&sr=1-1

www.amazon.co.uk/Under-Vintage-Classics-Iris-Murdoch/dp/0099429071/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=12 19705018&sr=1-1

www.amazon.co.uk/Golden-Notebook-Harper-Perennial-Classics/dp/0007247206/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books& qid=1219705063&sr=1-1

www.amazon.co.uk/Captain-Corellis-Mandolin-Louis-Bernieres/dp/0749397543/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books& qid=1219705151&sr=1-1

teafortwo Tue 26-Aug-08 00:01:08

thanks Claudiashiffer - being right is fun!

teafortwo Tue 26-Aug-08 00:01:36

grin grin grin

teafortwo Tue 26-Aug-08 00:02:15

claudiashiffer can you think of any books lovecamping should have bought for herself?

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