This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
What is the best book you ever bought for yourself?
And, why? What made it the best? What made it so special?
Do you give books as gifts?
To everyone? Or only to select people?
How do you feel about receiving books as gifts?
Two sets of questions were posted today, and I’m sure it was an error but I’ll go ahead and answer both.
The first few questions are hard. I’ve bought so many books that it would be hard to pick The Best Book [I] Ever Bought. At that point we’re getting into what books are my favorite. I’ve never (until now, really) spent money on hardbacks, so my books aren’t particularly special in a physical way, but they’re obviously important to me on an emotional level.
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb, which was actually a gift, though I would have bought it myself, is my prized possession now as it’s personally inscribed by the author.
Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis is particularly special because I picked it up at the book store based on the cover, having never heard anything about it. It’s now one of my favorite books.
Do you have a favorite book that you bought?
I definitely give books as gifts, but I have to be (relatively) sure the person will like it and read it. There’s nothing sadder than books that languish at a non- or quasi-reader’s house.
I haven’t received too many books as gifts, and when I have, they’ve been books I’ve specifically requested. I’d be leery of anyone buying me a book because I have so many books, they’d be lucky if they didn’t buy me one I already own.
What I think is completely underrated is the bookstore gift card. My ex-boyfriend’s family, the one year I spent Christmas with them, almost everyone gave me a Border’s gift card, whether as the actual gift or a little stocking stuffer. No one else has quite understood how happy I can be with a little money to spend at the bookstore. Even my friends who know I read all. the. time. rarely get me a gift card as a gift. *sigh* If they only knew how easy I really am.
Do you get bookstore gift cards very often as a gift?
This leads me to something I’ve been meaning to ask you: Are you buying gifts for the holidays? I did for about half my people. I was pretty pleased with that.
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