Nothing makes a better gift than a book. I love giving and receiving books. For me, it’s a way of saying, “Hey, I know this about you, and I think you might be interested in this.” In a way, it combines my interests with the recipient’s interests.
I have books on my bookshelves that stop time. I remember receiving a book of Maya Angelou’s poetry from my friend Pilar, inscribed with the message: “To a phenomenal woman.” At that point in my mid twenties, I was not feeling particularly phenomenal; my friend’s inscription and Angelou’s words buoyed me and brought me into the power of poetry.
There are many more books that stop time for me, but given that December beckons, let’s focus of the gift of books and highlight some titles that stand out for me. (Please note: Amazon links are included under each set.)
Some friends are getting:
Undead: Revived, Resuscitated, Reborn, by Clay Morgan
Imperfections, by Bradley Somer
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
Some family members are getting:
Hidden Gifts, by Elena Aitken
Unexpected Gifts, by Elena Aitken
Back to Blood, by Tom Wolfe
The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman
The Twelve, by Justin Cronin
5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth, by Matthew Inman
Some books on my list are:
Moranthology, by Caitlin Moran
The Blood of the Lamb, by Peter deVries
If I Stay, Gayle Forman
Everybody Sees the Ants, by A. S. King
And I haven’t even talked about books for my kids.
How about you:
What books are you giving as gifts this year?
What books are on your Christmas list?
What’s a memorable book you received as a gift?