Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is…do you have an Instagram account? And since the answer is no, that wouldn’t be much of a response! So, I thought I’d answer a question I missed from earlier in June: You have just won a $100.00 Visa gift card. Will you spend the entire amount on a rare collector’s edition you have always wanted, or buy several newly-published books? Explain your choice.
Kind of…neither? I don’t think I could come up with several newly-published books I’m interested in buying (well, until a few friends who are working on their next books come out with them!) Also, new books usually turn up at the library. I would probably look through the books I’ve read in the last couple of years (also from the library) and buy several of my favorites. I’ve done that periodically. I also might fill out a few collections that currently have gaps, and since they’re mostly very old kids books I would buy used, I could spin $100 into…probably eight or ten books, easily.
As to a rare collector’s edition–well, this will probably say something about my socioeconomic status, but…$100 isn’t going to get me a rare collector’s edition. Off the top of my head, the ones I’ve been tempted by:
- $4000 copy of A Fighting Man of Mars, previously owned by the author’s daughter and personally inscribed
- $3000 copy of Winnie the Pooh, signed by the author (I looked at that in-person at an antiquarian book fair, and felt like I was handling a museum piece by touching it)
- Anything signed by L. M. Montgomery, can’t recall costs but undoubtedly in the thousands
- $300 signed copy of Auld Licht Idylls by J. M. Barrie, signed by the author, the only actual possibility and one I wish I’d bought!
So…with $500 to spend on books, I’d hunt up something signed by Barrie. But $100 would get divvied up into favorites I haven’t added to my collection yet. What would you do with $100 to spend on books?