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Subject: Lucky or unlucky? When scouring used bookstores, I find an entire series
Date Posted: 2/1/2011 12:39 AM ET
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minus the first book. Why is that? Is there some commitment-phobic reader out there that always snags the first book, and only the first book, a few days before I happen along? This is the 3rd time this has happened to me.

The series is the Anne of Green Gables books by the way. Not sure why I missed out on these as a kid, but I thought it might be fun to read them now. They get fantastic reviews.

The other memorable time this happened was with the Brother Cadfael mysteries by Ellis Peters. I was so stoked to find all 20 books, and I snapped them all up. Months and months later I went to begin the series and discovered that I bought a duplicate of one of the books, and was missing one. The first one, naturally. angry

Anyway, that's my small vent of the day. The good news is that, besides the last 7 Annes, I also scored a Trollope (compliation of 3 novels), a Dickens, (Pickwick Papers), and Lies My History Teacher Told Me.

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Date Posted: 2/1/2011 8:11 AM ET
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Arika...I'd call that frustrating!  I think I sent you the first Brother Cadfael, didn't I?  

Date Posted: 2/1/2011 9:33 AM ET
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I read all the Annes as an early teen, I think, and LOVED them.  I have a few of them and I reread a couple some years ago and enjoyed them just as much as an adult. I''ve been meaning to collect all of them, but I've never gotten around to it.

Date Posted: 2/1/2011 9:49 AM ET
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I read the first 2 last year and have the rest of them on my TBR.  My copy of Anne of GG was unpostable (binding issues I think) but if you're just looking for a reading copy I could see if I still have it.

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Date Posted: 2/1/2011 11:56 AM ET
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Vicky- you sure did!

Holly- You're sweet, but don't worry about it. There are over 200 copies already in the system, so when I'm ready to start the series I'll order one. I figured I'll wait a bit b/c I only have one credit right now. I always use the darned things as soon as I get them! lol

Date Posted: 2/1/2011 12:47 PM ET
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Well your luck is better than mine because I always find random numbered books of a series in my UBS. Books 3, 5, and 6 will be there, but not 1, 2, or 4. Stuff like that! Grr!! It's frustrating, isn't it?! Still a great score though! I've been wanting to read the Anne of Green Gables books for a while now. I never did read them when I was younger, so they've made my list of classics to catch up on.

Date Posted: 2/1/2011 2:05 PM ET
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My mother wanted me to read the Anne books, she loved them as a girl. I never got into them as a kid, and then I read them all in a row a few Lents ago, and it turns out, mom was right? Who knew? Grin!

It's an easy one to find, and I think you'll love them. Enjoy 

Date Posted: 2/1/2011 7:31 PM ET
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Yeah, I had them on my list for this year, and then decided to do the Classics challenge. And one of the categories is to read a classic children's book, so it's just perfect!