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message 1: by Heather (new)

Heather (hpduck) I have fallen far my good friends! Last year I put myself on a no book buying freeze out. However, since Christmas, I have been bad bad bad! I just bought 9 new books today. I couldn't help it. I had a gift card. Btw, there is a great sale going on at Barnes & Noble right now on their classic series of books. It's buy 2 get 1 free! The best part is, I've never bought a book from the series over 9 dollars, and that's for a trade paperback.
Lemme know what ya'll think of these, as I've only heard the titles and authors, but never about the books per say:

Arabian Nights
Mansfield Park
Alice's Adventures through wonderland (I know this one)
Moll Flanders
The Enchanted Castle and Five Children and It
Treasure Island
Vanity Fair
& Pudd'nhead Wilson

I mean, I know they are all classics, but which one should I start first??

So that's my latest effort of splurginess. Anyone splurge crazy lately?

message 2: by Kipahni (new)

Kipahni | 144 comments nice splurging. i suggest five children and it, if you are in the whimsy mood.

message 3: by Jenny, honorary mod - inactive (new)

Jenny (notestothemoon) | 846 comments I have that book on my shelf. I don't know where it came from. Have never read it though.

I have soooo many books on my book shelf that I haven't read yet that I'm trying not to buy ANY! Except if the library doesn't stock our monthly reads. That is the only time I am allowed!

See how long this lasts!!

message 4: by Elise (new)

Elise Ravenclaw (eliseravenclaw) No money to splurge, not even at the second hand bookstore :( But I did get one book on sale a couple of days ago Bones to Ashes
Of your list I have only read two: Alice in wonderland and Treasure Island, but I would suggest you start with Moll Flanders, I saw a TV series based on the book and liked it very much.
I also have Mansfield park in my TBR pile.

message 5: by Cecily (last edited Jan 15, 2009 10:37AM) (new)

Cecily | 576 comments Never apologise for buying books - especially if they're bargains! No Barnes and Noble here, but other book chains tend to do "3 for 2" offers, like yours, but mainly restricted to current best sellers, or would-be best sellers.

As for which to start with, that rather depends what sort of mood you're in, or want to be in.

Arabian Nights - Good for dipping in and out.
Emma & Mansfield Park - amusing classics, but not "heavy"
Alice's Adventures through wonderland (I know this one) - Can be read at lots of levels, but best to devote some concentration to get the best out of it, though it's not long.
Moll Flanders - perhaps requires the most effort, but plenty to think about, and indeed laugh at.
The Enchanted Castle and Five Children and It - primarily children's, but could be fun
Treasure Island - an early cross-over (agewise)? A good contrast with Pirates of the Caribbean!
Vanity Fair - in a similar vein to Jane Austen
& Pudd'nhead Wilson - never heard of it.

Let us know which you read, why and what you think of them.

message 6: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Butland (httpwwwgoodreadscomprofiles_b) Heather, I would throw yourself into Vanity Fair. I re-read it about once a year because I love it so much. (I also have a bit of a thing for books that are big and fat and you can have a proper relationship with, rather than getting through them in a day and a half. I have just realsied how terrible that would sound if you substituted 'men'- or indeed 'women' - for 'book'!)

message 7: by Heather (new)

Heather (hpduck) Stephanie! LOL you just made me and my work collegue crack up big time! Thank you for the Friday morning laugh!

message 8: by Heather (new)

Heather (hpduck) I decided to start with Emma. Not nearly as slow going as Pride and Prejudice, but I keep thinking of Clueless as I read it. *sigh* too bad cause I already know what happens...

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