Nov 6, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Presents

In honor of MizzB's birthday today, the question is about presents!

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?”

First of all, Happy Birthday MizzB! This is a great question! Although I have received books as gifts, usually it's because I've requested it. Unfortunately, even though I love books, my family members are not big readers so unless I specifically ask for a certain book, I generally don't get many as gifts.

That being said, my most meaningful book gift was for my birthday in 1997 when my cousin, Denene, gave me a beautiful, personalized Bible. We often attended church functions together so it was special coming from her. Aside from that, when I was in the fourth grade, my aunt and uncle gave me the entire Little House on the Prarie set by Laura Engalls Wilder. They were beautiful hardcovers in a nice case. I treasured those books and read everyone of them.
Actually, I just remembered another unexpected book gift I got just this past March for my birthday! My aunt who lives in Ohio and is an avid reader, sent me a copy of THE KITE RUNNER. She knew I had just read it, but had borrowed it from the library. She knew how much I loved it and she wanted me to have my own copy. That was my special birthday gift from her.
I think books are a wonderful gift to give and receive! How about you? What special book gift have you received or given?


  1. Over the years my friends have cringed from giving me books for my birthday owing to my eclectic taste. I wish to express my desire for a bookstore gift-card but yet it sounds a bit inappropriate.

    In addition to what I mentioned in my post, I realize I have never bought a dictionary! I have been given dictionaries over the years---a gigantic podium size Webster, an Oxford English-Chinese one, and this compact College Dictionary!

  2. You have some very thoughtful relatives! I'm really coveting that set of hardcover Little House books.

  3. What a thoughtful family you were born into! Happy Booking Through Thursday. I'm giving away a couple of books. See my sidebar if you're interested.

  4. Matt - I understand your desire for a book store gift card! I love them!

    jlshall - yes, I'm lucky to have such thoughtful family members!

    Sally - Thank you for telling me about your giveaway. I signed up!

  5. The Kite Runner is a marvellous book. A good one to receive as a git!

    Booking through presents


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