Beth’s query for SBD: do you give people books for Christmas? Or whatever winter solstice holiday you celebrate. If so, how do you choose?
Well…my gut reaction is to say, hell, no, I don’t give people books. But that’s not entirely true. I gave an autographed copy of a Sookie Stackhouse book to a friend last year because she’d just become hooked on the series. And I look for first edition hardbacks for The Chemist — he buys/keeps only first edition hardbacks in his library, but for some reason his local bookstores seldom get first runs. And, well, I buy historical fiction for Mom for Christmas and birthdays. For the Biochemist, I might buy a reference book but, otherwise, nope. We exchange recommendations but do not buy for each other.
Receiving books as gifts? Uh, well, I’d rather not. That’s how I ended up with copies of several Dan Brown’s books. And Nicholas Sparks and Robert James Waller books.