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14 December 2009 @ 01:37 am
Books as Gifts  
So, I was reading shanna_s's blog the other day about Books as Gifts.

She claims that buying someone a book is about as intimate as buying someone lingerie. I'm not entirely sure I agree with her statement. If it's true, it means I've been buying lingerie for my friends for a very long time.

You see, I'm one of those awful people who give books as gifts ALL THE TIME. In fact, it's probably bad of me, but I personally think books are some of the best gifts that can be given or received. I tend to know the taste of anyone I give to, and I rarely seem to have trouble buying them duplicates--though honestly, I don't protest duplicates in my own library, as I often regift them to others who will enjoy them, or I sell them. Rarely EVER do I sell them, if that says anything about me.

But I was wondering--what do you all think about books as gifts? Are you like me, and rarely have trouble, or do you agree more with Shanna?
Shea Pierceriviyan_questa on December 14th, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
I agree with Shanna to an extent. A book is an intimate gift. Very rarely do I give books as presents because sometimes even if I've known the person for years, I'm still not sure if they'll like it. I'm not sure I'd say it's as intimate as buying someone lingerie, though. And I would say that if you feel you know the person well enough, go ahead and give them books! Being given the perfect book is the perfect present, IMO. (Of course, to be fair, I would say go ahead and get a person lingerie if you know they'll like it, so maybe my opinion doesn't count for much here XP)
Gelseygelsey on December 14th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
Snorfle. Hell, if you get someone lingerie you know they'll like, go for it! Nothing wrong with that.

Thanks for the input! I'm finding this all very interesting.
Shea Pierceriviyan_questa on December 15th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
Keladry Lupin: Christmas (want more books)keladry_lupin on December 14th, 2009 08:25 am (UTC)
I give books away like candy, but yeah, it is a rather intimate gift. I give my niece-beasts books every Christmas, and they always, always love them. (I'm very excited about the ones I'm giving my 13-year-old niece this year; Bambu recommended them to me!) I wouldn't go so far as to say it's like lingerie; I'd say it's more like cooking for someone, which can be an intimate thing because just like food is nourishment for the body, a book can be nourishment for the mind.

It's late, I'm sleepy, and I'm not sure what I'm saying, but I hope I got my point across.
Gelseygelsey on December 14th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Is it the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, by chance? I picked those up at her recommendation and I loved them. Very cute and great for that age group!

I like that--like cooking. I think that's more appropriate. Thank you for your input!
Keladry Lupin: Books (the best weapons in the world)keladry_lupin on December 14th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
No, it was the two Robin McKinley books I've been raving about for three months: The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown.
Gelseygelsey on December 14th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
AH yes! I liked those. I can't remember, have you read her other stuff?

I just finished her new book, Chalice, the other day, and I'm still musing about it in my head before I write out my review of it.
Keladry Lupin: Smile (Nine)keladry_lupin on December 14th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
Just Beauty: a Retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I haven't read any of her other books yet, though I'm planning on picking up Rose Daughter the next time I go to the library.
Gelsey: Beauty Beast - book lovegelsey on December 14th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
Rose Daughter is pretty good. My faves of hers, though, are Outlaws of Sherwood, Sunshine, and Deerskin.

I'd love to know what you think of Rose Daughter when you've finished.
Keladry Lupin: Ooo Wow (Mulan)keladry_lupin on December 14th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
Ooo! Outlaws of Sherwood! I forgot that I want to read that one, too; thanks for the reminder!

What are the other two books about? I like McKinley more with each book I read, so I'll probably grab them no matter what the're about.
Gelseygelsey on December 15th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
Sunshine is one of the best and most unique vampire books in the entire world. Don't let the word vampire scare you off--this is very much pre-Twilight spree! Constantine is AWESOME, and if you don't believe me, ask booknerdguru ;)

Deerskin is a retelling of the little-known fairy tale, Donkeyskin. It does deal with a serious issue--incest/rape--but it handles it pretty well, I think, and it follows the tale very well.

If you want to borrow them, I can probably ship them to you.
dickgloucesterdickgloucester on December 14th, 2009 09:08 am (UTC)
I like to give and receive books.
Gelseygelsey on December 14th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Me too!
kribu: Snape X-maskribu on December 14th, 2009 10:32 am (UTC)
I like to receive books, but I don't really know anyone well enough to give them a book.

I'd rather not give someone something they perhaps wouldn't like - feels too much like trying to subject them to my personal taste and likes.

I suppose it's different with people whose tastes (and bookshelves) you know well, though.
Gelseygelsey on December 14th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
I guess I'm willing the risk of disliking it if I think someone might enjoy it.

Thanks so much! I'm finding what people htink very interesting.
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Gelseygelsey on December 14th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
Awwww. That sucks! Though I understand being focused on other things--I didn't read nearly so much while I was in school. Ever since I moved home, though, it's at least one book a week, minimum.

Definitely start a list! I have a bunch on mine that I put there to remind myself I want.
Laudomia: Yule wreathlaudomia on December 14th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
A Christmas without a new book is an incomplete Christmas. Once the presents are all opened, the book is the first thing I nab.

I don't think they're more intimate than tickets to an event or a music album. In all those cases, the giver has to know the recipient's taste. Call books a perceptive gift.
Gelseygelsey on December 14th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
I agree! Though I've been rather bookless the last few Xmases. Well, that's not entirely true... Gerry usually sends me books.

I like that--perceptive.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I find them all quite interesting.
Delayed Poet: Ravenclawdelayed_poet on December 14th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
Books are usually the first thing to be listed on my Christmas/Birthday gift wishlists. Books are love.

But, no, I don't think it's as intimate as lingerie. I do think it's important to know what types of books the recipient enjoys, but it's similar to knowing what types of movies someone enjoys.
Gelseygelsey on December 14th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Mine too, though many people don't get them for me any more. Thanks so much! This has been an interesting discussion :D