Suggested by Marsha:
Buy a Friend a Book Week is October 1-7 (as well as the first weeks of January, April, and July). During this week, you’re encouraged to buy a friend a book for no good reason. Not for their birthday, not because it’s a holiday, not to cheer them up–just because it’s a book.
What book would you choose to give to a friend and why?
And, if you’re feeling generous enough–head on over to Amazon and actually send one on its way!
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves
Hmmm...This is a tough one. I have bought books as gifts before and I think you have to take into account the tastes of the individual for whom you're buying.
When buying for friends, I usually head for the 'just released' section of the bookstore. That way, it's usually a good bet that they haven't already bought it. I buy paperbacks for portablity (and I can buy more than one that way too), so they can read at the doctor's, beach, etc. Then I consider the person. I have one sister-in-law who is always busy with work and hardly finds time to read. I get her light, fun reads she can breeze through. Another lady is well read and has an interesting world view. I try to get her something different. The last present was a non-fiction book about a lady's travels in Italy. I hope she liked it.
These book aren't always what I would read myself but like any gift, if you take the time to chose from the heart, you can't go wrong.