Sunday, November 27, 2011

Holiday Shopping

For me the best gift that you can give or receive is a book. During each holiday season I usually give at least one or two books as gifts each year. I like the challenge of finding something that they will like and have often delved deep into the belly of The Strand to find the right match.

Sometimes I think about a time when this kind of thought was requires. During Louisa May Alcott’s time books were decadent. They were hard to get, expensive and often warranted a lot of thought. Today it’s a lot easier. I wonder what the ride of e-books will do to that trend.

Some of my favorite books have been birthday or holiday presents. I received Little House on the Prairie for my eighth birthday. It sparked a reading frenzy. I received Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes for my most recent birthday. That book has sparked an eating frenzy.

What’s the best book you’ve ever received as a present? Let me know in the space below and don’t forget to tell me your email. This week I’ll name two winners for the two copies of the ARC of The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker. It’s a great story about a girl who learns about self-awareness and the value of friends while experimenting with different lifestyles. I liked it because it’s a great view of the consequences of these choices and the importance of self-reliance.


  1. I think the best book I ever received, one Christmas when I was 13 or so, was Helen McClelland's "Elinor M. Brent-Dyer's Chalet School". I was already a Chalet School fan, but this book was probably what turned me into a serious collector, by telling me that there were more books than just the CS, that the paperbacks were abridged so I wasn't getting the full story, and most importantly, that there were other people who loved these books. Which is probably what stopped me from being too embarrassed to buy the paperbacks as they came out through my teens. And which eventually led me to the Girlsown list (and hence ultimately to this blog!), the various journals, a lot of other good authors, and some very good friends.

  2. The most memorable book present I can remember getting was a diary. I love going back and reading my hilarious thoughts from my youth!