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Economy and Book Spending Poll

With the economy in the doldrums, would you rather

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This poll is courtesy of Ned.

Me: I need a new poll question.

Ned: Can it be about your parents?

Me: What?

Ned: If you had to buy books or visit your parents, which would it be?

Me: Geez, you even have to ask?

Ned: Can I watch ESPN now?

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Val Kovalin
    Oct 04, 2008 @ 00:17:17

    I think this is going to end up being a very lopsided poll! :)

  2. Amanda
    Oct 04, 2008 @ 07:02:23

    My answer is the same as yours, amazement. Then laughter.

  3. Kristen
    Oct 04, 2008 @ 07:02:28

    If you’d asked would I rather visit my own parents, I probably would have voted that way.

  4. theo
    Oct 04, 2008 @ 07:27:52

    Jane, LOVE the conversation! LOL And really, I have to agree with Val. Pretty lopsided poll. I have to admit though for me, I live within walking distance of my in-laws (hey, five miles is walking distance! really!) and love them to death. I’m one of the fortunate ones who has great in-laws. And they’d understand even if they didn’t live close why a book had to come first ;-)

  5. Shiloh Walker
    Oct 04, 2008 @ 08:01:17

    Ummmmm….well, I see my mom every week at church. see the in-laws on Fridays because they watch the kids so the DH and I can go out for ‘grown up’ time aka date night.

    So, gimme the books.

  6. Marsha
    Oct 04, 2008 @ 08:03:18

    My inlaws live only about 5 miles from me so I think that the gas would pay for, what?, maybe a fifth of a new (paperback) romance? And I’m mostly a library reader with book expenditures of about $20 a month (including late fines – eeek!). Even with these realities and thinking hypothetically the answer is crystal clear. The books, they must come first. The teeny tiny amount of guilt I feel is mitigated by the knowledge that my husband would vote the same way if “romance novels” was replaced by “WWII pilot memoirs”.

    Now, my parents live 400 miles away and the $100 in gas would buy an awful lot of books (and/or represents months’ worth of fines) so… I don’t know. Maybe my sisters and I could work something out, book swapping-wise, so that we could all visit and still have our HEAs.

  7. MoJo
    Oct 04, 2008 @ 08:24:40

    Now, my parents live 400 miles away and the $100 in gas would buy an awful lot of books (and/or represents months' worth of fines) so… I don't know.

    That’s why God invented email. :D

  8. Lori
    Oct 04, 2008 @ 09:46:55

    I don’t have any in-laws so books are on their way!

  9. Rosie
    Oct 04, 2008 @ 12:44:22

    Couples across Romancelandia are having this discussion. Gotta love a man’s priorities.

  10. Lori
    Oct 04, 2008 @ 16:57:22

    Yeah, duh!

  11. Robin Bayne
    Oct 04, 2008 @ 18:22:30

    I keep getting “please pick a valid poll response.” I guess it didn’t like my choice. LOL

  12. kirsten saell
    Oct 04, 2008 @ 18:23:18

    If it was my own parents, I’d have said yes, because my mom has boxes of those things, and she cooks a mean meatball stew besides.

    Maybe I shouldn’t have voted at all, since I’ve recently shed my in-laws along with my husband…

  13. SonomaLass
    Oct 04, 2008 @ 18:50:19

    I couldn’t really pick in this one. My in-laws are thousands of miles away, in Scotland. We would LOVE to go and see them, but I haven’t spent enough on books this year to pay for even 1/4 of the “gas” (jet fuel) that a visit would take. I take people I love over books every time — I can always get books from the library — so I’d stop buying books if it would help us go see them, but it really wouldn’t.

    I bought the new Julia Quinn book today, with my “educator’s discount” (save 25% this weekend only!) at Borders. Then I spent a whopping two bucks at the Friends of the Library used book sale — got seven books for that price, and this year managed not to accidentally buy back something that I donated. I’ll have to work out what fraction of a plane ticket to Scotland $9 is.

  14. sallahdog
    Oct 04, 2008 @ 21:41:41

    I voted for the in laws, because they are gone now, and I adored them… I would give just about anything to drive to see them… living of course. Books I still buy, but they don’t replace people… but that could be because I am getting old and there are more funerals than births these days in the family..

  15. Kimber An
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 07:17:01

    Not a difficult vote. I’m blessed with the sweetest mother-in-law in the galaxy and I can get my books for free as a blogging book reviewer.

  16. ME2
    Oct 05, 2008 @ 09:27:21

    I voted for the books. However, I must confess, I don’t have a MIL, so……. :-)

  17. Ann Bruce
    Oct 06, 2008 @ 19:41:39

    Write-in vote: Sony PRS-700.

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