It’s been a great few days of books and book blogging for me. I had an all-time high number of visitors yesterday at 61, which I think is awesome! I’ve also gotten a lot of questions for my Weekly Geeks #12, which I’m working on writing up right now. I think I’ll have a review of Stardust, and answers about Reading Lolita in Tehran and Eragon/Eldest done in the next couple of days.
The more exciting book news comes from some luck I had a few months ago. In May, I was voted the Outstanding English Major at my university, an honor I’m actually very proud of. At the time, I didn’t get anything except a pat on the back and the immense satisfaction that my professors thought I was an important contributor to our major. However, about a month ago I got an e-mail from our Division Chair asking if I’d received my prize money. “Prize money!?” I thought, “How awesome!” I replied I hadn’t gotten anything yet, and within two days I had an e-mail with an online certificate to Powell’s Books worth an astounding $100!
$100 that I could only spend on books and only books, I was in heaven! I told my mom, and she said I should save that money for school books this fall. My elation was dimmed slightly, but I told her it was my money and I would spend it as I pleased. I waited with my $100 for quite some time, creating various wish lists and testing out scenarios to see how many books I could get for my $100 –so nerdy, but so awesome.
On my birthday a couple weeks ago, I finally put in my order. I had one set of books that came to $100.88, which was about as close to perfect as I could expect. However, guilt and an already immense stack of unread books got the best of me, and I only ended up only spending about $68 of my $100. However, that leaves me $32 or so to spend on school books or other things I may fall in love with later, so it seemed like an ok deal. Last Saturday, after weeks of anticipation, my huge box from Powell’s arrive, and I wasted what should have been a productive afternoon pouring over the box and trying to decide what I would read first.
Granted, my new books are simply being added to an already large “To Be Read” pile, but I don’t care. When I move to Madison in August I and will have 10 days in town before I register for classes, and another 5 days after registration before classes start. I’m hoping to spend a good chunk of that time exploring Madison, finding a part time job, and reading a lot. My parents aren’t excited to be moving me and all of my books, but I think the extra trips up and down the stairs will do us all some good 🙂