How Would You Spend a Free $50 Amazon Card?

June 12, 2008 at 7:16 pm | Posted in Books, LIfe | 10 Comments
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I attended a focus group meeting at my conference today and earned a $50 Amazon gift card. So, now I get to puzzle my way through how to spend it. One thought is to hold on to it and eventually order a Kindle. Another thought is to buy some more wonderful books. I’m an immediate pleasure type of girl, so I’m leaning toward the books. This then leads to the question: which books should I buy?

I’ve always wanted to read Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen. Amy at Pages from the Past, a new book blog, posted her review of the book today and it is glowing. So, I’ve added that to my cart. Steven King reviewed The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III a couple of weeks ago in Entertainment Weekly and it sounds incredible. I’ve added that to my list. What else?

I had to go to my last session before I finished shopping. While I was there, Flannery O’Conner flashed into my head for no apparent reason. I’ve never read anything she’s written, but I’ve always been intrigued. I also remembered Marie from The Boston Bibliophile recommended the Rashi’s Daughters series and Bluestocking recommended The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe. I wrote those down in my notebook for later. When I got back to my computer, I discovered that the first book in the Rashi’s Daughters series was not in stock, so I couldn’t even consider buying it new. So, I added The Complete Flannery O’Conner and The Mysteries of Udolpho to my cart.

This put my totals over $50 and I wanted to get as close as possible. I had to make a cut (well, I didn’t have to, but I wanted to pay nothing for the books so it was a complete fruit from my focus group labor). I played around with the totals and when I took Through a Glass Darkly out of my cart, my total was $49.27. What could be closer? Since I can easily get that book from the library, I went with that.

To recap, here’s what I bought:

The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
The Complete Flannery O’Conner
The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III

I know I’m going to kick myself for asking this because you’ll come up with such marvelous things that I will second guess myself, but I am anyway:

What would you do if a $50 Amazon card fell in your lap?

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