What books did you get for Christmas (or whichever holiday you may have celebrated last month)?
Do you usually ask for books on gift-giving occasions or do you prefer to buy them yourself?
I don’t normally get books for Christmas – and haven’t done since I was very young. My family tells me they find it too hard, not knowing what I already have, or would like to read. I suppose I can understand this sentiment, though I have tried to nudge them towards gift certificates in the past.
This year, however, I did get a nice little pile of books. And my sister and I actually decided early to make a wish-list and exchange books this year.
- Star Trek: Voyager – Full Circle by Kirsten Beyer
- Graceling by Kristen Cashore
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
- An Abundance of Katherine by John Green
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum/Charles Santore
It’s not unusual for me to slip a book under the tree for myself (what? I like getting books for Christmas!), and this year it was the new Borders special edition of Sense and Sensibility. I just couldn’t resist the prettiness of this edition.
My favourite, however, was undoubtedly the illustrated edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz that my cousin Renae bought me. I collect copies of this book, and am always on the look out for something new. Charles Santore’s edition is just so beautiful.
As for requesting books for gift-giving occasions, no I don’t usually. If asked what I’d like (though I’ve been told I’m easy to buy for, so it doesn’t come often) I will give a title or two, but it’s not common.