Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My Bookworm Pipe Dream

On Tuesday, Anne Bogel wrote a post called A Bookworm's Pipe Dream. What if you, as a bookworm, had a $50 Amazon gift card to spend just on books? What books would you buy? Anne  allowed us the wiggle room to overspend by $5.

I am, by practice, a book borrower, not a book buyer. I borrow from the library or friends or I generally won't read them. (I think it is my frugal nature) (probably 95% of the books in our house are owned by Mr. Hippie.) On the rare occasion that I buy a book, it is generally one that I love and/or that I will refer back to over and over again. (like cookbooks or poetry)

Nevertheless, here is my list.

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle. ($6.98, Hardcover) Why? Because my library does not carry any of her works. And I have heard many people refer to them. I am interested to see what the buzz is about.

Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa Jo Baker ($10.11, Paperback) I love Lisa Jo's blog. It is like reading a cheer session for moms. I am sure her book is along the same lines.

The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful by Myquillin Smith. ($14.94, Hardcover) Full of gorgeous pictures (i.e. inspiration) and practical tips, I think this is a book I am going to really enjoy.

Fast Weeknight Favorites by Good Housekeeping. ($5.98, Hardcover, spiral) I have an earlier published cookbook from the same series, and it is probably my favorite cookbook ever. The pictures are beautiful, the recipes are fast and delicious. I have not made a single flop from the book. It is my inspiration for how I want to write a cookbook, if I ever write one.

Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist. ($15.62, Hardcover) Bread & Wine was one of my favorite reads for 2013. I think this will be just as good. I love Shauna's writing style.

Total: $53.63

What can I say? Obviously I am somewhat of a book snob as all of the books on my list are physical paper and ink books. And 4 out of the 5 are hardcover. My emphasis in buying a book is to buy a beautiful book. But, 5 books for $53?! I'd say I did pretty good!

What books would make your list? Tell me in the comments.

Btw, speaking of books and Anne Bogel and purchasing books...Anne has reformatted, renamed and republished her eBook of 2012 (Workshift). How She Does It: an everywoman's guide to breaking old rules, getting creative, and making time for work in your actual, everyday life. is available FOR FREE on Amazon today and tomorrow, April 2-3. The regular price is $4.99. So, consider that a deal, add it to your bookworm pipe dream list, and get your copy today!