I’m not sure if it’s because Wordsworth classics are always so affordable, or if it’s due to Christmas season sales, but the four books above only cost a total of $25 AUD, which is still cheaper than one ordinary (i.e. contemporary/newly-released) paperback. Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy is $32.50, and Midnight’s Children by Salmaan Rushdie is $27.95. Grr, how ridiculously overpriced! These books were sort of a splurge. I went with the intention of buying shoes and some summer dresses – anything but books because I have several untouched books on my shelf – but the bookstore was conveniently nearby, so how could I have resisted?
Justification 1: I had no need to buy summer dresses either, because I have several unworn dresses and pairs of shoes lying in my closet.
Justification 2: These do not add to my TBR list, technically speaking, because all of them are from various challenges and projects. The Forsyte Saga and The Age of Innocence are on my A to Z list, and I put Agnes Grey down for the 18th – 19th Century Women Writers challenge. And Dickens is part of an ongoing project, in which I pledged to read his complete works (a decision I am beginning to sorely regret)
Justification 3: they were cheap!
Justification 4: It’s almost Christmas. I know I shouldn’t use Christmas as an excuse to justify my consumeristic rampaging, but everyone deserves a little book-pampering now and then.
Anyway, I’m glad Wordsworth are starting to comprehend the importance of cover design. The Wharton one has a particularly nice cover that is reminiscent of Art Deco. I like it. Nothing can beat Penguin, of course – they are the masters of paperback repackaging – but Wordsworth is getting better.