If I gave you $80 to shop at a bookstore right now, what would you wind up with when you got to the till?
With a windfall like that, I'd pick out one of those big, glossy books that I would never buy otherwise.
Just this past Tuesday I saw two books at the American Museum of Natural History that I would love to buy but probably couldn't/wouldn't with my meager cash on hand:
Birds of North America (paperback edition) - a big, beautiful bird-per-page book with plenty of photos, clocking in at 714 pages!
Body and Spirit: Tibetan Medical Paintings - gorgeous tankhas and paintings plus fascinating text about ancient Buddhist practices and theories for maintaining health.
They would be wonderful books to return to again and again, and so your generous donation, Crazy for Books, would be honored over and over in the re-reading, and I would think of you every time I paged through these books.
The Millions, and since I've read Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad (review coming soon...), I checked out the winner for biography: How to Live; Or, A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sara Bakewell. It reads fluidly and the 'answers' all seem well worth considering, so I'd put that one in my shopping basket too.
And if I had a few bucks left over, I'd wander the aisles 'til I found a few of those wonderful hadta-haves that only present themselves when you allow them to find you.
Thanks, Crazy-for-Books, for allowing us to indulge in this fantasy of biblio-abundance!