I am beyond thrilled to be kicking off this blog tour in celebration of Marie Rutkoski's Winner's Curse trilogy and the rapidly approached release of book 2, The Winner's Crime. I've read book 2 and, let me assure you, it is going to knock your socks off! Aaaand leave you desperate for the final chapter, The Winner's Kiss. Darn you, Rutkoski!
During this tour, participating bloggers will be writing posts based on the following prompt:
The ‘Winner’s Curse’ is an economics term that means you’ve gotten what you wanted – but at too high a price.What would you pay too much for?
Below you'll find my answer to the question, as well as your chance to win a finished, hardcover copy of The Winner's Crime upon release.
Many thanks to Macmillan and the always fabulous Gina providing prizes and inviting The Hiding Spot to take part!
To be completely honest, I really had to think about this question. What have I been bound and determined to have or do, but then regretted later, after I realized that, perhaps it wasn't worth the cost? At first I was stumped, then I thought of things from Kestrel's perspective.
If you consider Arin as Kestel's "winner's curse" purchase, you're saying that he might not be worth the cost. As we readers know, Kestrel's father and society thought he wasn't worth the financial cost. Kestrel is more worried about the cost to her heart and her family; the money means nothing to her. And, in the end, I'm betting she won't regret a thing. (I'm watching you, Rutkoski. Give us the happily ever after we're all dreaming of!)
So, I'm going to say books. Yes, I realize how nerdy and ridiculous this comparison is. Arin is to Kestrel as Books are to Sara. I'm in a tense, dramatic relationship with books, okay? Stop judging me. I don't care and I'm not taking it back! ;)
I can't even count the number of times when I chose to spend what little savings I had and, yes, even grocery money and bill money, on books and bookish adventures rather than responsible things. And so, so many times my friends and family would look at me like I was crazy and ask, You spent how much to go to that signing in Chicago? And took off how many days from work? You're going to the bookstore again? And don't you already own that book in hardcover?
There are a few things in my life that I might change if I could go back in time, but none of those things would have to do with books. I would spend that money every. single. time. Even if, in retrospect, I probably should have been more responsible. But those experiences shaped the reader, bookseller, and person I am today. As well as honed my skill at making meals out of seemingly impossible ingredients from the back of my cupboard. How could I ever regret that?
Maybe I cheated my way through this question, but, hey, some people thought it wasn't worth the cost. (Hi, Mom & Dad! I totally paid my bills before preordering my copy of The Winner's Crime, I swear.)
Check out the full blog tour here.