The list price for A Dance With Dragons, the new George RR Martin novel? $35.00. Less on Kindle and Nook. But if you read, and you're hooked on this series, then getting it is a foregone conclusion. I'm not really into the series, but Daniel is, and I totally know and respect the lemming-like drive that is Book Fever. It happened to me when the last Shadowfever book came out. A die hard Kindle girl, I went out and bought the hardcover because I had to have that jacket/cover combo featuring Mac's tattoo. If that's not a stupid reason to spend $28, I don't know what is.
The price of feeding my family of four today: $32.00. The day before? $28.00.
I'm not here to preach about the evils of hardback book prices and moustache-twirling villains who price books beyond our means to bring about the zombie apocalypse. Ok, I will
But sometimes I get introspective when I think about my main form of addiction...er, entertainment... in this economy. I can't really help it. I was raised by an economics professor, for one thing. My earliest Christmas memories involve Santa Claus and Reaganomics debates. More importantly, though, I think that we MUST have fun in an economy like ours. It's important to me to have as much fun as possible and spread it around. Otherwise things like books that cost more than my food budget will really start to piss me off.
And oh, what fun there is for the price of the hardcover A Dance With Dragons:
New summer dress: $15 plus Tickets to see this band: $15
(Resist the urge to join the horde of girls screaming at the lead singer that he looks like Johnny Depp. Trust me, he already knows.)
Plus my latest hot weather addiction, a frozen strawberry lemonade: $1.59
And two or three of these picks from my .99 cent Bookshelf of Wonders, or I could skip the brain freeze and have all five:
I'm not counting that last one since I know the author kinda well. ;)
Of course, my house will have DWD the second it's released. I know this and it's cool. I just like to keep things in perspective sometimes. Plus dollars-to-fun math is the only kind I enjoy doing.