My Winner’s Curse: Art and Charity
Hello and welcome to my stop on the Winner’s Curse/Winner’s Crime blog tour :D. Winner’s Curse is an excellent young adult fantasy that I devoured last year and I highly recommend to all fantasy lovers who enjoy world-building and forbidden romance ;-). But in the meantime, we were asked to answer this question:
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?
This was honestly a pretty hard question for me to think of an answer to. I’m fairly frugal simply because I’m not tempted to buy much and am happy to get by on cheaper alternatives. I could blame being a grad student on a small stipend, but I actually don’t even find it hard to live within my means (partially because I live in an area with a very low cost of living). However, as I looked around my apartment, two things jumped out at me. The first is a set of paintings I bought a long time ago and the second is a squishy reindeer :D.
Be sure not to miss the giveaway for Winner’s Crime at the bottom!
I’ve never been tempted by nice clothes or jewelry, but I absolutely love paintings and drawings. I definitely don’t have a sophisticated taste or any knowledge of technique or style, but when I like the way a painting looks, it pulls at something deep in my soul. I especially love art that reflects outdoor scenes with rich colors or nature scenes that capture movement and grace in animals. (I also love fantasy art, but that was probably a given, ha!) Therefore, when I was on a cruise with my parents for my seventeenth birthday and there was an art auction, I was overjoyed when they gave me permission to bid on two pieces. It was a bit terrifying to be honest, but also exhilarating. I think they were a little surprised at what I ended up choosing ;-). I have no idea what these two pieces are actually worth and it seems likely they aren’t worth what we paid for them. However, the deep happiness and reassurance I feel when I look at them in my tiny apartment is worth every penny.
The other thing I realized that makes me care little about the price is when a charity that I believe in is involved. I’m fairly picky about which charitable organizations I donate to because I want to make sure my donations are as effective as possible which involves a lot of different metrics for me. However, once I’ve decided that I approve of a charity, I’m much more willing to pay more than something is actually worth. The little reindeer over there is from Squishable where you can buy giant pillow animals of all the nerdiest things you can think of. I of course bought a mini dragon for myself as soon as a dragon was available, but after that I didn’t feel I needed anymore ridiculously round and squishy animals in my life despite the temptation of their cuteness! However, as soon as I read an email that said for every reindeer purchased, another reindeer would go to a child in need, I immediately clicked through and became the proud owner of a ridiculously round reindeer. Every time I look at my little reindeer, I picture a little kid going through hard times with her little reindeer making things a little bit better. I’m starting to get teary-eyed just talking about it! Kids are such a weak spot of mine so I love being able to help them whenever I can. (My monthly charity donation goes to Donors Choose where I can carefully consider which classroom request fits my donation goals.)
So there you have it! My winner’s curses aren’t quite as extreme as Kestrel’s, but like Kestrel I never regret them ;-). What are you willing to pay more than its worth for?
Macmillan has graciously offered a copy of Winner’s Crime for me to giveaway to one of you :D. This giveaway will need to be US only as per Macmillan’s policy. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email and I’ll be checking entries so please don’t cheat!
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