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6:17pm on Thursday, 22nd April, 2010:



The saying goes, "never judge a book by its cover", and indeed I don't. However, I do tend to remember them by their covers if I haven't actually read them. This means I can fall prey to cunning publishers who change the covers of books so I think I haven't bought them before.

As to why I might regularly buy books I don't read, well it's my wife's birthday coming up and I usually get her some books for it (and for Christmas) that I don't wind up reading myself. The ones I've bought this time round are a trilogy by an author I know she's read before (Trudi Canavan), and whom I don't recall having being told never to buy the books of again. However, the details inside say "this edition 2010", which means the cover has probably changed. Have I bought her the books before, or haven't I?

I could check the bookcase, but my wife sent a large batch of birthday books to the local book fair a couple of years ago, so it's not going to be there even if she has read them. As backup, I therefore bought a second trilogy from a different author that I know she hasn't read before but may not like, just in case the other one is a disappointment.

I guess it would be sensible to look at the titles of these books, rather than merely the covers. I was just about to say that I'll do that in future, when it occurred to me that I didn't read the titles of any of the six books I've bought this time round, so I'm off to a bad start.

I think one of them might have mentioned Didcot.

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