BTT ~ Grab Me a Bit of the Lone Star

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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.)

Let’s see… what would I do with an unexpected $50? Erm, that’s not a lot of money, so I’d probably take the kids out for a nice family dinner somewhere.

Now, if I had more money…. like $500, then I’d start thinking about maybe getting a TV and DVD player for each of the girls’ rooms. I am sick to DEATH of all the bickering over the television. The oldest constantly hogs it, and if she’s asked to allow someone else a turn, she huffs and sighs and very nearly creates a micro-hurricane inside the house.

Two TV’s (one in the living room, one in mybedroom), one computer, FOUR people…. Do the math.

Now, if I had a really big windfall, like one with all the EICs and mortgage credits and all that goody-good stuff… I would:

Buy the four of us Amtrak tickets and run away to Texas for a vacation with my mom. I’d take three or four books with me, ones I’d be sure my mom would enjoy, too. Buy new books about local information and history while there, then read them as we travelled back north.

I love Texas sunshine!

What would you do with some mad money?  Click Booking Through Thursday if you’d like to play along.

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Booking Through Thursday -Vacation Spots

Another question inspired by the Bunch of Grapes on Martha’s Vineyard having burned down on the Fourth of July.

Do you buy books while on vacation/holiday?
Do you have favorite bookstores that you only get to visit while away on a trip?
What/Where are they?

 

Okay…  I’ve not been on “vacation slash holiday” in a few years, so reading everyone’s posts will, I’m sure, fill me with insane jealousy… but I shall move forward and do my best to not let it show…You suck! You Suck! YOU SUCK!!!

Actually, I’ve never considered buying books as souvenirs from a vacation and, other than if I wanted the book and would’ve bought it anyway, have never bought one while vacating.  ACTUALLY, even, I’ve never taken a book on any vacation except summer camp.  Shocking! I know.

I’ve never made a special trip to check out a bookstore while on vacation, though if I came across one while at a mall I might duck into it and look around.  The farthest-from-home book-shopping I’ve done has been it Indianapolis, where I used to hit the Half Price bookstore on the way home from work.  But if I’m in Kokomo (about 40 minutes from my home), I usually whip over to Books-a-Million to see what they’ve got that my Waldenbooks doesn’t have.

All this bookless vacationing was before my current bibliomania, but I’d have to say… If I were going on a family vacation next week, I’d still probably not pack nor shop for books.  I wouldn’t have the time because I’d be too busy spending time with my kids and sightseeing to think about books.  This week’s fair excursions have proven that.  I’ve finished one book that I had started last week, I’ve read the first story of One More Year, and I’m almost half way through A Thousand Splendid Suns… that’s it.  That’s all the reading I’ve managed to accomplish this week. 

Animals, merchants and rides, O My! Elephant Ears, Lemon Shake-Ups, and roas’nears (that’s grilled corn on the cob for those of you not fluent in Hoosier).  Books… they’ve taken a back burner.

Tuesday Thingers -The Voices won’t leave me alone!

Tuesday Thingers ROCK!

Since we’re past the Fourth of July and the summer season has officially started, what are your plans for the summer? Vacations, trips? Trips that involve reading? Reading plans? If you’re going somewhere, do you do any reading to prepare? Do you read local literature as part of your trip? Have you thought about using the LT Local feature to help plan your book-buying?

My plans for this summer are simple: READ. Read whatever isn’t nailed shut, read whatever is in English (not up for translating German, French, Spanish or Vietnamese… though I have books in those languages in my library.), read all the ARCs on the desk, finish the Jane-a-thon, and making a dent in Mt. TBR by Christmas. READ.

and review,    yes, that’s it…. My plans for this summer are simple: READ and REVIEW. Review all the books I read that aren’t nailed shut, in English, ARCs, Janes and on Mt. TBR. READ and REVIEW.

and blog?    Well, yes.. of course BLOG… that goes without saying.  My plans for this summer are simple: READ and REVIEW and BLOG. Blog my reviews of the books I read that aren’t nailed shut, not in German, French, Spanish or Vietnamese, that are ARCs and on Mt. TBR. plus blog the memes?   Yes, and blog the memes.

Why don’t you join any blog challenges?     Well I did join Fyrefly’s Ye Olde TBR(e) Challenge, what more do you want? I just started blogging!     Well you don’t have to get snippy about it, I was only trying to help!     I wasn’t trying to be “snippy”, I was just trying to get this blog written.     Well you hurt my feelings… you should say you’re sorry for that.     Alright! I’m sorry.     That’s right, you are sorry.     Can we get on with this Tuesday Thingers now? before it’s Booking Through Thursday?     a’right.     Where was I? Right, plans for the summer…     don’t forget about the giveaway!

My plans for this summer are simple: READ, REVIEW, BLOG and GIVEAWAY! I’m having My First Ever Giveaway!! for a $20 Borders gift card. It’s been open for about a week, and I have about 300 entries. When I get 400 I’ll add a $10 gift card, and at 500 I’ll add a $5. Click the pic for details!.

You could be a winner!