Monday, November 16, 2009

Musing Mondays - Nov 16

Participating in this week's Musing Mondays is easy because all I have been able to think about for the last week is Christmas. Trying to decide what to get everyone and, more important, how to move funds around to afford it. Anyway, live from Just One More Page:

With the holiday season now upon us, have you left any hint – subtle or otherwise – for books family and friends might buy you for Christmas? Do you like to receive books, or do you prefer certificates so you can choose your own?

I love shopping for books; my kids have a fairly impressive library. I have made it a point to give them books for birthdays and Christmas because I want to etch the importance of reading in their bright little minds. As for myself, however, I rarely get books as gifts. I love receiving books but not many people in my gift-giving sphere are book people. Gift certificates are a good choice but, to me, leaves an impersonal feeling on both ends. But boy they are fun to spend aren't they?

I have asked for specific books over the years like Harry Potter and a few years ago I asked for a collection Jane Austen books. Unless I tell someone specifically to get me such and such book, I won't get books as gifts.

But you can bet that now that I have thought this long about having brand new (or brand new to me, I am not opposed to used books) books under the Christmas tree, I will be making a wish list. I am all giddy.


  1. oh, kids are easy because they have a lot fewer books. but if someone has a lifetime of reading behind them, a gift card is so much safer. impersonal and safer.

  2. That's very true and probably the biggest reason I don't get books unless specifically asked for.