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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Books Make Great Gifts



I could have written this post before Christmas as I'm pretty sure out of my fairly large family, only my mother reads my blog (hi Mom!) but on the off chance, I waited.

In recent years, I found I could no longer give books as Christmas gifts, as my friends and family A) had gotten used to getting books from me randomly so it didn't feel special and B) they were sure I'd gotten the books for free - even when I hadn't! So I gave up for many years while I was a New York editor and when I worked at the two book wholesalers, for the most part. There were occasional exceptions but mostly I was frustrated. Every year, I could have done ALL of my Christmas shopping at a bookstore which would both support one of my favorite stores and also allow me to finish my Christmas shopping in one pleasant trip, but alas, it was not to be. This is one of the wonderful things about going out on my own as being self-employed, the assumption that all my books are free has basically gone away. So this year, books were gifts again! And my local independent bookstore was very happy. I did 80% of my Christmas shopping there. Here is what I gave!

My nieces:
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Wings and Dreams: The Legend of Angel Falls by Irania Macias Patterson
The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee
(darn it I am forgetting one!)

My pseudo-niece:
Septimus Bean and His Amazing Machine by Janet Quin-Harkin

My boyfriend's niece:
The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
(and a princess picture book but I've forgotten the title)

My boyfriend's nephew:
Cars: Ultimate Sticker Book by DK Publishing
See How They Go: Cars by DK Publishing

My brother:
That Is All by John Hodgman (I gave him the 1st two Hodgman books last year)

My Dad:
Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 by Ian W. Toll

My brother-in-law:
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Watership Down by Richard Adams

My boyfriend:
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman

My mother (from my boyfriend):
Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

My mother's boyfriend (from my boyfriend):
An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug, Cocaine by Howard Markel

And what I received:
The Darwin Awards Countdown to Extinction by Wendy Northcutt (from my step-mother)
Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children's Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became An American Icon Along the Way by Leonard S. Marcus (from my mother)
Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk (from my boyfriend)

1 comment:

JC Jones said...

If you need more family to give books to I am available.

We give gift cards in my family because we buy so many books it is hard to know if the recipient has already bought it for themselves.