The book world, from authors to bookstores to websites and bloggers, is recommending that people give books for the holidays this year. It's going to be a tough year for bookstores, as sales fall, and the economy is lousy. Publishing companies and bookstores are going to be laying people off after the holidays. And, libraries aren't helping as our book budgets are slashed. One of the libraries here in Arizona just cut their book budget by 80%. I don't know of any libraries who are not suffering. When libraries can't support the book budget, times are hard.
So, those of us who are part of the book world are suggesting books as gifts. I know I'm doing my part. I can't say anymore because my husband might read this posting. But, Bookreporter.com has some great holiday suggestions if you need them. Here's their publicity release about their holiday suggestions.
There's one gift that's perfect for everyone on your holiday list --- a book! Yes, everyone has people who are readers on their lists, which makes shopping for them easy. But beyond these kindred spirits, there's a book that can match just about any recipient's interests, even if reading is not their true passion. That is why Bookreporter.com is sharing 45 reasons why a book makes a perfect gift, counting down until Christmas Day, December 25th. Check out the countdown and see why we think this is the gift you want to give --- and, oh yes, receive!
Bookreporter.com's popular annual contest spotlights a different title or collection of titles every week from November 7th to December 12th. Readers can enter to win a basket that includes two copies of the book (one to keep and one to give), wrapping paper and a bow, and holiday-themed items such as Ghirardelli hot chocolate mix, gourmet vanilla marshmallows, Chewy Peps candy, an Illuminations cinnamon spice-scented candle, and more.
More than 25 authors share their favorite memories of giving or receiving a book at the holidays, including Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark, Kristin Hannah, Garth Stein, M.J. Rose, Adriana Trigiani, Mary Kay Andrews, and more.
Gift giving is made easy with “reader perfect” suggestions in categories like Eat, Drink & Be Merry (cookbooks and culinary tales), Faces & Places (history, biography and memoir), and Healthy, Wealthy & Wise (advice and how-to).
So, would you think about buying books for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa gifts? There are lots of suggestions out there. And, if you're reading this, you're a reader who wants to keep bookstores and publishers, and, most of all, our beloved authors, in business. And, if you don't know anyone who wants a book (which I doubt!), offer your local public library a gift. That's the gift that continues to give.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
It's an honor to be asked to review books, and I'm grateful to all the publishers, publicists, and authors who send me books. Thank you. Reviews will appear on my blog if I've had a chance to read, and finish, the book. If I do not finish a book, I won't review it, and I will not respond to emails asking when, or if, I'll be reviewing a book.
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