Booking Through Thursday: Giving Books

Do you give books as gifts? To everyone? Or only to select people? How do you feel about receiving books as gifts?

I'm having the strangest sense of Deja Vu! But anyway...

Yes, I do.

Well, not everyone I know is a reader so, no, not everyone. I try to get the kids I know books but that isn't always easy. I never know at what reading level they are. Babies are easy though. However, I usually buy books for birthdays.

I've bought books for my girl this Christmas: a collection of Eric Carle (she loves him), Judy Moody Saves the World, and an Olivia gift set (2 books and CD). They aren't from Santa. Books (and pjs) are from Mommy and Daddy. I don't know why. I've just always done that.

How to I feel about receiving books?! Great of course! Books are the perfect gift for me.

Merry Christmas BTTers!


  1. Are Judy Moody books good? I got them for my nieces.

  2. I like books or a gift certificate for a bookstore.

  3. Amy- My niece likes them. This will be my girl's first.

    Sal- I thought of that too late but I love getting them.

  4. Amy, Judy Moody is great. My daughter also loved Junie B. Jones. Those were great fun and I miss Junie B. now that Julia's moved on and grown up more.

    I got Julia two books for Christmas, but for the life of me right now I can't remember what they are. I also got my husband two books: one is a book about sushi and the other by a friend who eschewed city life and became a dirt farmer for a year in Virginia, living as though it were 1900. The book is about his year on the farm with his family.

    I'm hoping that the new Stewart O'Nan novel is under the tree for me this year!

  5. All of the people I buy gifts for are readers, so if I'm careful Christmas can be easy. This year I've bought so far:

    1. Hubby~ New Nelson DemilleThe Gate House

    2. 17 y.o. daughter~ Scott Westerfield The Last Days and Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

    3. Nephews, ages 3 & 7~ Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn and ??? (can't remmeber the title & it's wrapped) for the little one. Box set of Captain Underpants by Dave Pilkey for the older one. That last is sure to earn me an earful, but our younger son thought Pilkey's C.U. were funny & the nephew's a reluctant reader.

    Our two sons are musicians (sax, guitar & piano) and they're getting music. :) Everyone else will be bought last minute next week. lol ;0

  6. Never read Judy Moody! I will look her up for my niece.

    Here are my BTT posts:

    Booking through treat

    Booking through generosity

  7. I feel that this post is deja vu!

    I'm spending a lot of time matching books to their recipients, especially those who don't read much. I believe there is a book for everybody. Books are very personal gifts.

    I’m a “piece of work” in terms of recipient of books. Over the years my friends have cringed from giving me books for my birthday owing to my eclectic taste. They also keep in mind that I’ve probably read some of the books they want to give me. Books do make perfect gifts, but by their very nature, books can also be a problem as tokens of affection. The delay factor is huge. Some books get a one-way ticket back to the used bookstore.

  8. Karen- We love Junie B too (We're reading One-Man Band right now). I thought I'd give Judy Moddy a try. Those books sounds interesting.

    Bookwormom- I love reading everyone's lists!

    Gautami- Neither have I! lol. It will be a first.

    Matt- Books can be very personal, I agree.
    I still haven't found a book that matches my husband.
    That's why gift cards are so popular, I think.

  9. I have a huge stack of books here to wrap for people, including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for my older son, Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys for my younger son, The Darcys Give a Ball for my Austen-loving niece,and a cookbook for my brother-in-law. And I bought myself The Annotated Anne of Green Gables to celebrate the end of the centenary year. Plus, I got FOUR lovely books from my LibraryThing Secret Santa!


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