Well yesterday was one of those moments for me…
As I was going about my daily business trying to locate a good hairdresser and splurging a bit by means of “retail therapy” low-and-behold!
The QBD Bookshop in Strathpine had a ton of signs splashed around their shop screaming out crazy savings.
I thought. Meh.
Not thinking I would score any decent reads (except for the books in the kiddie’s shelves blaring at me to “buy them for the kids” with their pretty coloured covers) I did a quick ‘z-scan’, left-to-right, left-to-right of the shop (John has been teaching us about newspaper layouts and how a page can capture the reader’s attention effectively, totally true!)
and found to my delight:
Ray Martin’s Autobiography: Stories of my life – $9.99 – mine.
Then I saw it: Gasp!
William Shakespeare on The Art of Love – The Illustrated Edition of the most beautiful love passages in Shakespeare’s plays and poetry.
$59.99 reduced to (wait for it)
I swooped it off the shelf like a pro-crim.
Last one on the shelf was mine. Muahahahahahaha!
All I could think of was how beautifully captivating this book was…
It was so classic and old yet, brand new. Packaged. Ohhhh no one had opened this book yet…
Caressing its sonnet filled pages and strong hard, spine perusing over legendary filled words flowing rich with ……. well you get the idea.
My pulse was rising… I had to buy it.
The guy at the shop counter with his ever so gen-teel manner said,
“Oh my God, this is the last one, I bought this for my mother for a birthday present it’s so beautiful!”
Yep. And that’s why it’s mine. All mine.
I felt pretty elated at that point.
But it didn’t end there…
I entered another random bookstore to find…. gasp….more?!
Gawd this was just too much for me!
I think the whole quirky “discovery of languages” book thingy appealed to me…..
The Vulgar Tongue – Buckish Slang and Pickpocket Eloquence ($9.95) – mine. (David Stuart has this book too. As I said Dave “great minds!” )
Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary – Selections from the 1775 work that defined the English Language ($9.95) – mine.
Maybe it’s not everyone’s idea of exciting reading.
But i was whipped.
And in my “to-do” day of doing a bunch of girly shopping such a distraction usually wouldn’t have caused me to swoon over a bunch of books.
And spend money on em’.
Oh but “the lady doth protest too much!”
I’d never seen so many sweet books for less than $10.
Ten books later and I was a very satisfied customer.