Thursday, December 18, 2008
Do you give books as gifts? To everyone? Or only to select people?
You know, I’d love to give books as gifts. It would make shopping so much easier. However, my life is not filled with readers. Hamburger only reads motorcycle manuals, so no books for him. My mom usually gets a book from me, and I know she’ll read it. My uncle always gets a travel memoir of some kind from me…it’s become a tradition. I gave my friend Rochelle Kafka on the Shore as a birthday present, and she named her fish Oshima in return, so that was definitely a successful gift. And Kate’s gotten a few books from me over the years. But other than that? I don’t have a whole lot of faith that any book I buy for my brother, or sister-in-law, or aunt will ever get read.
How do you feel about receiving books as gifts?
Dude…if I only got books as gifts I would be the happiest softdrink ever. Or gift cards for books (okay, and Starbucks). However, that doesn’t really happen, and I usually end up with a sweater or two that I never wear. Maybe I need to start writing letters to Santa again.
And bonus question…
What is the best book you ever bought for yourself?
And, why? What made it the best? What made it so special?
The best book I ever bought for myself is always the one I just bought. Because it’s unread, and it sounded interesting, and it’s got possibilities…