06 November 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Presents!

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.


SmilingSally 11/6/08, 6:26 AM  

It's a great answer. I agree with you that waiting to get something special is almost as good as the getting of it. Happy Booking Through Thursday. I'm giving away a couple of books. Check my sidebar if you're interested.

Cathy 11/6/08, 12:21 PM  

You're right: anticipation is a wonderful part of gift giving and receiving!

Anonymous,  11/6/08, 2:16 PM  

My family and friends have given up making gifts out of books because I have either read the books or I don't give two straws of what they get! I'm a tough case! :o)

bethany (dreadlock girl) 11/7/08, 12:41 AM  

Oh I loved Little House when I was younger!! I should re-read them :)

The Hobbit, that is another gem!

PS I love your header picture.

Anonymous,  11/7/08, 2:11 AM  

Pleasant agony... Lol that's a great way to put it!

Anonymous,  11/7/08, 11:12 AM  

I got a lot of books as a kid too, and my mom/dad always inscribed them on the endpages. I only have a few that have lasted with me over the years, and I cherish them.

Marie Cloutier 11/7/08, 11:17 AM  

I love hearing when someone had a lot of books growing up. That's so important and it really does create lifelong readers. :-)

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