For those keeping track - I did it!
The challenge was set; the cap thrown down; the wallet fitted with an anti-bookshop device. For the whole of January I didn't buy a book. 31 days. Not in a shop, not online, not in a back alley or on the black market. It worked so well, in fact, that I am going to try and repeat the venture for Lent. Which gives me a window of 6 days to buy books...
Don't worry, I haven't let the grass grow under my feet. To mark the occasion, Lucy (who made the bet with me) and I went to a Book Fair! It was more fun than productive, in that I bought one book and she none - the books brought were towards the top end of the sellers' fare, and a little out of the price range of a trainee librarian. Luckily a trip to Oxfam Bookshop in my lunch break earlier that day provided a few more spoils... and I also bought a couple of books online that I'd been hankering after. Which brings today's total to seven.
So what were they, you ask? Well, sit comfortably. And then tell me what you think. And sorry that I appear to have put one book upside down in the photo...
Belinda - Maria Edgeworth
Pandora have published a few gems, and Maria E is someone I've intended to read for quite a while. I had to leave a beautiful copy of Burney's Evelina behind at the book fair, so this will have to be my Austen-period purchase for the day.
Pencillings - J. Middleton Murry
This is the Book Fair book - written by Katherine Mansfield's husband, this is a collection of "little essays on life and literature", to quote the jacket.
A Voyage to Arcturus - David Lindsay
The author of '50 Books...' novel The Haunted Woman, this is the one aficiandos most eulogise. More fantasy than THW, so we'll see...
The Wings of Heaven - Monica Dickens
Another '50 Books...' author, thought I've yet to read any of her non-loosely-autobiographical works, if you know what I mean.
Lettice Delmer - Susan Miles
Always a pleasant surprise to find a Persephone book secondhand, though can't imagine why anyone would ever give one away! LD is a novel in verse... a first for me.
The two books I bought online:
Counting My Chickens - Deborah Mitford
Still embroiled in the world of the Mitford sisters, and intrigued by this book by my favourite Mitford.
Chedsy Place - Richmal Crompton
What torture it was to have the automatic email from abebooks.co.uk alert me to the fact that an RC I didn't own was for sale! I waited for two weeks... and thankfully it was still there! Will be heading to me before long.