I’m joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop again this week, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…
Do you give books as gifts?
My answer is yes, but not as often as you might think someone who loves books as much as I do would. There’s a couple of reasons for this.
First off, everyone’s tastes are different and I have made the mistake before of buying books that were never going to be loved or cherished by the person I was buying them for. There is that moment when you say “did you enjoy the book” and the person looks at you and there is a long pause before they say something like “oh I haven’t gotten to it yet” and you know it wasn’t for them. My worst choice was probably picking How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran for an older aunt-in-law because I got it into my head one year to buy people books by authors from the Midlands (where we lived at the time…the aunt lived in the states). It was not appreciated – way too close to the bone.
Second on the list is that I have a lot of friends and family members who read a lot and I am never completely on top of just what that reading is. It is very easy to duplicate books and, as I love giving gifts, it spoils it for me if no one else when I don’t see a person’s eyes light up – not because they don’t love books but because they have already read it. Top tip? Never buy anyone a best seller unless they ask or something that has been adapted for film or TV. There’s a good chance they will already have a copy. And, when you are at their house, take a good old look at their bookshelves just to see what is on there.
I will buy books where I have been specifically asked and I always buy books for friend’s children – though never Julia Donaldson because hers are the first books I think every new parent buys or is given. Even then, I include a gift receipt. Always better to be safe than sorry. And I will also buy books that maybe have more of a meaning, so a first or special edition of a book I know someone loves, one with a different cover or that is out of print. Those are likely to be kept, and appreciated, even if there is another version on the book case.
What about you? Do you give books as gifts?