Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Why dost thou tempt me so?
I already have more books than I have shelf space. The shelves are jammed full, and my apartment's one closet is mainly full of the boxes of overflow books.
So you'd think that I'd be sensible and refrain from buying more books until I have a place to put them.
But oh, no, I am not known for being sensible. I think that book clubs know this. They can sense my weakness, and they prey upon me, sending me catalogs of the most delectable books, the ones that cause my synapses to fire in delight! Oh yes, they know. They know exactly what they are doing.
Most of the time I manage to resist the temptations these book clubs lay before me. Reading the fine print is a help for that. Oh, sure, I might get 6 books for $1 each today, but tomorrow you'll come demanding my firstborn child? No thanks!
But today in my mail was a catalog from the History Book Club. This one is new. This one I'd never seen before. "Get 4 books for $1 each with membership!" it proclaimed. "No obligation to buy more!"
I read the fine print with a skeptic's eye. Well, what do you know? They were being honest. Plus if I wanted a 5th book, I could order it for 50% off the publisher's price.
I flipped through the catalog itself. I think my brain may have begun to drool at this point. Ancient history, medieval history, church history!
Well, what's a bibliophile to do?
Really, $29.73 for five hardcover books (the $4, plus the half price book, plus shipping) is an excellent bargain.
I'll find places for the new books somewhere or another. Not sure where, but somewhere.