Thursday, April 16, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - Windfall

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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.)

My book-related answers would be:

If I had $50 today to spend on books I'd order Dorothy Whipple's The Priory from the Book Depository (which, um, I already did this morning, windfall or no) and in addition I'd be placing pre-orders on Robin Hemley's Do-Over and Robert Boswell's Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards at Amazon instead of getting on the waiting list for them at the library.

If I had a $500 windfall, I'd get the Granemo bookcase at Ikea to go in my daughter's old room. Things are way too doublestacked in the study and I'm losing track of books that should be readily accounted for. The new Ikea in town also has the Granemo with glass doors, which would cut down on the need to dust and would raise the price by about a hundred, leaving me, after taxes, with just enough money to buy the books mentioned above.

If used on non-book purchases, an extra $50 to blow would be used for a dinner out (I hate to cook); an extra $500, well, perhaps I could tag along on my daughter's trip to Australia this fall if I could pay my own airfare.

Yeah, right.

Booking Through Thursday


  1. Anonymous11:45 AM

    Oh...I didn't think about a new book shelf! what a great idea.

  2. In my next life, all my bookshelves are going to have glass doors - I really hate dusting all these books. And I love the sound of that trip to Australia - great way to use $500!

  3. Unfortunately, my refund went to bills. (I suspect that's true for many of us.) However, if I had an extra $50, I might spend it on Freakonomics, which has been on my list for quite sometime, but hasn't gone to paperback yet. If I had an extra $500, I have an awful lot of books waiting patiently in line on my wish list that I would love to stock up on!

  4. Bookcases! I knew there was something I was forgetting! I wouldn't have anywhere to put it, but still.


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