It started harmless enough: I was looking for a nice edition of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. I love, love, LOVE North and South, but my Penguin Classics edition, which I use for teaching, looks rather bedraggled, and the Norton edition that I also have isn’t really that pretty. Soooo… Off to Amazon I went to check out my reading options.
And there it happened.
I stumbled over the Penguin Clothbound Classics edition of Cranford (see above).
You know how susceptible I am to pretty covers. And if that is not a pretty cover, I don’t know what is!
This was the first time I had ever heard about the Clothbound Classics. They are hardcovers. And they are pretty. (Unfortunately, there is no North and South Clothbound Classics edition. That’s too bad of you, Penguin!)
So, there I was, sitting in front of my computer, salviating at the sight of this beautiful book. Have I mentioned that I was somewhat stressed, too, what with contacting reviewers about Springtime Pleasures, inserting the copy edits, and finishing off all the grading from the past semester? Well, you know what happens when I’m a bit stressed: I buy books.
And so I succumbed to the green temptation. *happy sigh*