Here’s a Christmas present I got myself, after being cooped up with this upper respiratory tract infection for most of my short vacation: The Millennium Trilogy Deluxe Edition Boxed Set.

I’ve been drooling over this ever since I saw it at the bookstore earlier this month, and I was trying to see how long I could hold out before breaking down , but National Book Store was on sale at Mall of Asia and 20% off (P2,395 from P2,995) was too good a deal to pass up!  I finally took home the set today! Squee!

I know, I know, you’re thinking, I’ve read the Millennium trilogy, I have three copies of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (trade paperback and hardcover AND a Swedish mass market paperback), and I have mass market paperbacks of The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. But you know I can never resist a pretty book (even one that I already have a copy — or multiple copies for that matter — of, erm, this is why I’ve come to amass over a hundred Harry Potter books in different languages), and well, check out how pretty this boxed set is:

They’re cloth-covered, deckle-edged, with embossed patterns of the dragon tattoo, the flame, and the hornet. And the pages are heavy-grade, textured paper. Yummm.

And check out the endpapers:

The best part of this boxed set is the fourth volume, On Stieg Larsson, a collection of previously unpublished essays about, and correspondence with, the author:

I love it I love it I love it!

Oh, and yes, I have another Christmas present for myself, but I’m not getting it for at least a couple of weeks. Will tell you more about it when it gets here! :D