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12/18/2008

Generosity



Do you give books as gifts?
I do give books as gifts.

To everyone? Or only to select people?
Each of my seven grandchildren receive books on birthdays and at Christmas in addition to other gifts. One DGS gets 2-3 Hardy Boys books for each celebration. I give books to others when I find something that I know a particular person will enjoy. This year, my 85-year-old MIL is getting two Marie Bostwick novels, "On Wings of the Morning" and "A Single Thread". She's an avid reader who says she doesn't need more "stuff" at her age, so books are the perfect gift! She shares the books with her friends when she finishes reading them. Our older DS is getting a book of stories about Ohio State since he is an alum and enjoys that topic. I sent a book to a friend this Christmas, too. DH gets a book or two and/or audio books.

How do you feel about receiving books as gifts?
My attitude is the same about both. Receiving a book that the giver knows I will enjoy is very special. I only feel comfortable giving books if I know the recipient wants it or when I know something about that persons interests and preferences.

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Surely your goodness and unfailing love will purusue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. ~ Psalm 23:6

2 comments:

Smilingsal said...

I have 7 grandchildren too! Some of them are getting books. I think that your MIL is a fortunate lady to have a thoughtful DIL like you!

Marie B said...

Hi there, Pooch. This is Marie Bostwick and since I wrote "On Wings of the Morning" and "A Single Thread", I think giving books is a great idea! :)

Actually, I give more books than anything else at Christmas (no, not just my books) and this year, it makes particular sense. Books are one of the few gifts you can buy for under $20 that can truly be personal. And there are so many books out there that, with a little thought, you can definitely find something to match the recipients interest. My hubby, who is a bit of a science geek, is getting "Best Science Writing of 2008". My youngest boy, a pianist who is in a Beatles phase, is getting the new John Lennon bio, my middle son, who is fascinated by sustainable agriculture, is getting a cartload of Wendell Berry, my eldest a bunch of mysteries, and my MIL, who loves a feel-good story, "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society". And I HOPE there will be lots of books under the tree for me as well!