BTT: Windfall

bttYesterday, 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.)

We are getting a decent-sized return this year, and I already know what bookish thing I am going to spend it on.  A new bookcase!  My mom’s Christmas gift to us is to be a new bookcase, and we have wanted to buy a second one, so we have a matching pair.  So far we’ve been hindered by space constraints in our little condo.  However, we’re finally ready to make this work.  We are going to move our two older, less attractive bookcases into the baby’s room and hide their non-matching wood finish (everything in our house is dark wood except the baby’s room) behind some nice, colorful, Eric Carle fabric.  The new, nicer bookcases will then take their place in the living room.  At that point I MAY have enough room for all my books, although I imagine space will still be a bit tight on the shelves.

Other than that, I probably won’t be buying many books for myself with the money (other than maybe a few parenting books).  We need to save most of this money for baby, but I’ll probably use a fair amount to head over to Half Price Books and supplement his library.

If you haven’t yet, please check out my giveaways for Tears of the Desert and The Tory Widow (plus 18th century survival kit).

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