It’s my Dad’s birthday today, which makes me wonder … do you like to give books as gifts?
I’m usually torn. I love giving and sharing books, but it can be hard. The giftee can be difficult to please, or you don’t know what they’ve read (or what they thought of books they have read). Even people who love to read and love to get books can be hard to gift books to … so, does that make you pause and reach for the neckties or DVDs or sweaters … anything BUT a book at gift-giving time? How do you feel about getting books yourself? Are you picky or easy? (For the record, I’m told I’m VERY hard to buy for, even though I’ll read just about anything … go figure.
I love getting and receiving books as present, especially for the younger generation in my family. We try to give a book to each niece and nephew for their birthday and Christmas each year and we have a lot of fun trying to pick out things that the younger set will like or be interested in. As for the older generation, we give books as well based on previous interest. And if all else fails there’s always a gift card to a book store to allow the person to pick our the book for themselves.
As for me, I love getting books. And since my birthday is coming up next week (I celebrate the first anniversary of my 39th birthday….just taking inspiration from Jack Benny!) I hope I get a book or two to add to the ever growing pile of TBR books.