Birthday Book Spree Reveal

Friday was my birthday and I went on a Birthday Book Spree! I was sick that day, but the book spree was still fabulous. It was magical from start to finish. I went to five bookstores on Friday and then Saturday was my low-key book spree day where I visited 3 bookstores.

I spent 3 months planning and talking about the book spree. I'm totally not exaggerating when I say that, and apologies to the family members, friends and co-workers who had to hear me talking about it that whole time. The good news for all of you who listened to me talking about this for 3 months is that you now have a 9 month break before I start planning Book Spree '18. Rest up, everyone. You've earned your break.

The book spree was amazing, but it turns out that book spreeing comes at a price. I woke up on morning 2 of the spree and my legs were so sore that I felt like I had just run a marathon (or what I would imagine a person would feel like after running a marathon. I spent 3 years in high school pretending to run when the teacher was looking and then walking again as soon as her head was turned, so how would I know.) All of the up and down required to check the bottom of every bookshelf left my legs so sore that by the time I got to the last stop, I couldn't bend my legs anymore. I'm still sore 2 days later. Who knew book buying could be so aerobic.

And now, it's time for the dramatic reveal of the number of books I bought (please imagine dramatic soap opera-style music playing while you read this.)

My final book buying tally was . . . .
96 books!

No, that's not a typo. I really bought 96 books (And I want to thank my Aunt Rita, Aunt Cindy, Uncle Andy, my brother and his wife, and my sister for the birthday checks and bookstore gift cards that funded a large potion of my book spree.)

Here are the books I bought:

My sister, Alissa, technically got closest with her guess, but she said she was just guessing for fun and has taken herself out of the running for winning the contest. So now the closest guess was from Becky with a guess of 23 books. The second closest guess was from collettakay with a guess of 21 books. Becky and collettakay, please leave me a comment with your address and I'll send the books to you (I will not publish the comments with your addresses, so your addresses will remain private.)

P.S. - My Mom would like it noted on the record that she guessed 100 books and was therefore the rightest of all right people. Good job guessing, Mom. I'm glad to see that you're not letting the fact that you personally witnessed my book buying habits over the decades take anything away from your victory!


  1. Very cool! I think you've single-highhandedly helped the struggling print book market. Enjoy reading your new books.


    1. What a great way of looking at it. The next time I feel guilty about buying too many books, I'll just tell myself "I'm helping the book market." I love it!


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