Today's Booking Through Thursday asks: 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"?
Because I come from a family in which book giving is prominent, this is a difficult question. I still have many of the books my parents got me when I was a child. No single one stands out.
I think the best books were the series because my parents bought them for us one at a time. I remember devouring each one in a day or so, and then I'd have to wait weeks or even months until I could get the next one. It was a pleasant agony. Why I didn't just check out the next Little House or Nancy Drew (or whatever) from the library, I have no idea. I think I liked the anticipation. We got books for most occasions and for no occasion.
Probably not the answer that was expected. For more answers, visit the BTT blog here.
EDIT: I did remember that my older brother went to Europe in the 1970s and brought me home a British edition of The Hobbit. I have cherished that book and his thoughtfulness.