When Hannukah comes around, I inevitably think about which books my
husband, kids, parents, brothers, in-laws, and nieces would like. And
that's not because they all necessarily LOVE to read- it's because *I*
love to read, and this is how my brain works.
If I do decide to get these people with very different tastes a book
they'd like, I inevitably think about their interests. My mom, for
instance, loves World War II fiction and nonfiction, so I recently
bought her THE PARIS ARCHITECT. Last Hannukah, I gave my dad Henri, le
Chat Noir: The Existential Musings of an Angst-Filled Cat, because if
there's one thing that will get him to read a book, it's the promise
that it's about cats.
My brothers love comics and sports, so biographies
of Arthur Ashe and Andre Agassi fit the bill, as well as a recent
audiobook I listened to and loved called Superman: The High-Flying
History of America's Most Enduring Hero. My own kids and my nieces love
books that feature one or more of the following things: dinosaurs,
robots, friendly aliens, kittens, and Cookie Monster. No problem there!
There really is a book out there for everyone, even if they aren't a
"hard-core reader." So this Christmas and Hannukah, consider giving
books as presents, and I guarantee you'll be glad you did.
What was your favorite book that was given as a present to you?
What is a book you loved giving as a present to someone else?
Thanks, Rachel! Visit Rachel at her blog, Bookishly Witty!