Booking Through Thursday: Windfall

April 20, 2009 at 4:23 am (Memes) ()

BTT: Last Thursday, April 15th, was Tax Day here in the US, 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.)

Schatzi: Whenever I have an unexpected windfall and go book shopping, I tend to buy a nice stack of non-fiction that I would otherwise bypass in favor of a quick fiction fix. A lot of my biographies and historical non-fiction were picked up that way. Since I’ve been so interested in gastronomy and food history these past couple of years (one of my required research seminars was on Food in Seventeenth Century England, and it was a blast), if I had a windfall of say, less than a hundred, I would pick up The Oxford Companion to Food by Alan Davidson. If I had a couple hundred to spare, I would indulge in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America and/or The Cambridge World History of Food. And if I had a thousand dollars to spare? Well, let’s just say that I believe there’s a Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection out there with my name on it (probably written on the inside cover of each volume).

Under $100: The Oxford Companion to Food by Alan Davidson
Under $300: The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America and/or The Cambridge World History of Food
Under $1000: The Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection

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