Yesterday, April 15th, was Tax Day here in the U.S., which means lots of lucky people will get refunds of over-paid taxes.
Whether you’re one of them or not, what would you spend an unexpected windfall on? Say … $50? How about $500?
(And, this is a reading meme, so by rights the answer should be book-related, but hey, feel free to go wild and splurge on anything you like.)
Well, thanks to the fact that I have an excellent financial manager (he's also a pretty good husband), my taxes are always paid well before the April 15th deadline, so our "windfall" is already in the bank. And officially, I suppose the refund will help make a summer vacation trip a little more likely this year.
But in the spirit of playing along, let's say I had that $500 to spend on anything I wanted (why stop at a measly fifty?). And mostly that would be books, of course. I'd probably just surf on over to Amazon (shameful!) and order everything on my wish list. But I could have a lot of fun shopping our local used-book stores, too; although I'd probably have to spend part of the loot on another bookcase to house everything.
Then again, Bauman's Rare Books has some very nice first editions in the $500 range. Maybe that copy of Larry McMurtry's Moving On listed for $550 – something to replace my old book club edition. And if the windfall was just a teeny bit more than $500, Bauman's has a 1930s set of Lewis Carroll's Alice books, in the original publisher's slipcases and signed by Alice Liddell Hargreaves, the original Alice of the stories – a bargain at $7,800!