Thursday, April 16, 2009

Booking Through Thursday: Windfall

This week's BTT topic:
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!


  1. psh! a measly $7800? What's stopping you? Oh, right.. reality. hehehehe...

    Isn't is strange how that always happens? You're happily going along on a book buying bender, when you suddenly realize you need shelf space? It's almost as if buying books makes shelf space disappear... but that's crazy!

  2. Ohhh -- rare books what a wonderful idea.

  3. If I bought books I would need another bookcase too!

  4. I'd definitely go to my wish list as well and splurge! Though I will say kudos on mentioning the bookcase. I completely forgot to mention that when I did my btt. If you buy a lot of books, a bookcase would be the next thing to get.

    ~ Popin

  5. I almost chocked when I saw that $7800. I can't imagine paying that much money for a set of books. Although those editions do sounds nice.

  6. Hi!
    We also filed our taxes before the deadline and put the money in the bank! But would love to have a first edition of Agatha Christie! Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great evening!


  7. I went the rare book route also. Too tempting a question to think practically.

  8. Oh, Moving On. I love that book. I read it not long after we moved to Charlotte, when I knew no one, and Patsy and Emma felt like the only friends I had.

    Definitely spend your hypothetical windfall on the first edition!


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