November 6, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Whatcha buy me?

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Booking Through Thursday:

What, if any, memorable or special book have you ever gotten as a present? Birthday or otherwise. What made it so notable? The person who gave it? The book itself? The “gift aura?”


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!


Two books from my childhood come to mind.

One Christmas, I received my very first 'real' book, Little Women. I can still remember it. I spent the holiday reading it cover to cover. It was just the first section (the happy part) when they were all still children. Little Women will always be connected with Christmas in my mind; Beth playing carols on the piano, Mr March arriving on Christmas Eve and of course the very first line:

"Christmas just isn't Christmas without any presents."

When I was little, my grandmother on my father's side lived all the way over in British Columbia. Every couple of years she'd come for a visit and stay a few weeks in the summer. She'd always bring us something. One year it was a book: Heidi. It was a little harder book than I was used to but I enjoyed reading about Heidi, her grandfather and the goats. Of course, that my grandmother gave it to me is why it is such a special gift.

The fact that I still have these books as an adult and that they've survived several moves, shows how much these gifts mean to me. I'm quite sentimental.

17 comments :

  1. Beautiful memories, and both of your titles are classics! Happy Booking Through Thursday. I have a book giveaway going on; check out my sidebar if you're interested.

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  2. I love reading everyone's memories. So lovely!

    Happy Thursday!

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  3. I love Little Women, it is such a lovely book, especially at Christmas time. Happy BTT!

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  4. That's great that you still have them. I wasn't so lucky or careful with all of my treasured childhood books. :(

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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  5. I can't remember a particular book, since I always got a book from Santa or on my birthday. And I would then curl up somewhere and read read read until I was finished!

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  6. I agree with Yvonne, I love reading everyone's memories too. I LOVE Heidi, it's an awesome book.

    My BTT isn't as special as yours.

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  7. That is an awesome story and you can feel the warmth of your love of both your grandmother and the books.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I would treasure something like that always ! :)

    I know what u feel... :) such great gifts...from the people u love :)

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  9. Little Women is one of my favourite books! Although I didn't receive my copy as a gift, I'm hoping it'll last forever and ever..

    This week's question was quite a sentimental one, I think :)

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  10. I know what you mean, Chris! I remember my first book too! :)

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  11. What wonderful memories! And how lucky you are to still have those lovely books. There are a few I treasured from my childhood that must have been misplaced through the years.

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  12. Great books! What a great story :)

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  13. Thanks for the replies everyone!

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  14. I have my grandmother's copy of Little Women from when she was a girl. It's such a great book and I can't wait to keep passing it down to my future kids.

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