A new BTT
Do you give books as gifts?
To everyone? Or only to select people?
How do you feel about receiving books as gifts?
I usually always give books as gifts to friends who I know would appreciate or enjoy them. I have some friends who don’t read at all and yawn and pout if I steer them towards a bookstore. Even so, I think books are one of the best gifts one can give because it’s so personal, lasting and a historical marker. I write a message in each book I give and I hope that some time in the future, they will look back on the book and my message and smile. I’m always intrigued by messages in second-hand books and I imagine what the original owners were like and why the book has ended up in a second-hand store.
It is most ironic, then, that I rarely receive books as gifts! Friends think that because I’m always buying books that I won’t need any more (when we all know that it doesn’t work that way). Or that they say that find my tastes intimidating and selective (which generally aren’t if they stick to classics and good literature) or that they don’t know what I’ve read or bought and they don’t want to overlap (which is fair enough). I do get some books as gifts but they are mainly from other bookish friends or some bizarre titles.
A friend once gave me Jane Austen’s Guide to Dating and when I raised my eyebrows at her, she just shrugged her shoulded and smirked.
One can never get enough of books. Or books about books. Or even bookish things and accessories.