What better way to celebrate the end of midsemester exams?
Ages ago I mentioned the Archer trilogy (Kane and Abel, The Prodigal Daughter, Shall We Tell the President?), ownership of which was divided between my mother and myself. Plans were afoot to reunite them, after a trade of books, but the question remained of who would give up what in exchange for what. I was determined to offload a couple of (preferably unwanted) volumes in return for The Prodigal Daughter and was only waiting on Mum to browse my shelves and suggest a fair swap.
And waiting ... and waiting....
When she gets things on her mind, the less important ones tend to slip into oblivion. After reminders got me nowhere I decided to make the first move myself - only to discover that she had either forgotten her original offer or upped the ante. Instead of two Jane Austens for two Archers, she was now proffering two Austens and two Agatha Christies.
Never one to resist literary temptation, I asked if she’d substitute a Colin Dexter for one of the Christies, and caved. So instead of my book collection being decreased by a couple, it has expanded by two. And the small gap in my TBR box has been refilled. Not that I really mind; I now have a complete collection of Jane Austen novels, the first Tommy and Tuppence mystery and my favourite of the Morse mysteries I’ve read. The Morse, which I read not too long ago, has gone straight to the shelves, but the others are in the box. Having seen it on a few Top Ten/Eleven/Twelve/Thirteen lists, I’m really looking forward to rereading Persuasion; the last time was about five years ago. Or more.
*-- Bragging ahead --*
One set of results is in, and I got 95% on my Medical Biotechnology test!
*-- End bragging --*