This is what came in today in my mailbox – two new Penguin Classics from Book Depository. I love this online store, because they have a huge selection of books at great prices (cheaper than most other retailers) and free shipping worldwide at no minimum purchase. The only negative experience I’ve had with these guys was when I realized that the price of the book I bought just a week prior went drastically down. I emailed the store right away asking if they could somehow compensate me, only to get a reply that they do not do price adjustments. The situation was rather disappointing to me, because I could have bought another paperback, if I could save that money. However, if you know what you want and are not worried about fluctuating prices, this is a great store to shop from.
I haven’t bought books in a while, trying to cut my spending and using my university library for most of my reading needs. My will power was quickly crushed when I received an email from Book Depository offering me a 10% off coupon on items from my wishlist. I realized that the discount was not very significant, but to an addict like me it was heaven sent. I purchased quite a few books, shattering my budget to pieces, and these are two that arrived first. I guess the store is trying to cut the cost of shipping by sending each item separately, but I have no patient to wait!
I bought Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone, because I borrowed the book from the library last year and really loved it. Now I am obsessing about owning his entire bibliography. Yes, it is that good! My second choice fell on Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which I have been planning to re-read for ages. The first time I gave the novel a go was about 15 years ago, so it is about time I refreshed my memory.