When I received all of these books yesterday, I joked on Facebook that they were all presents from Santa.
Well, they weren't really from Santa. But, I do appreciate the books from publishers, authors, and agents. Over the years, I've received wonderful gifts from authors who are also friends. I've received thoughtful gifts of books from family, everything from my first adult book, Little Women, from my parents, to last year's gift of To Dance, To Dream from my sister.
I'm sure you've received gifts of books, too; thoughtful selections from people who knew you well. And, most of us would have a hard time selecting the one gift book that meant the most. And, who wants to offend one person who gave you a book by picking a different one?
So, let's turn that question upside down. What's the best book you ever gave anyone as a gift? What was your favorite?
I have an odd answer because the book probably doesn't mean as much to my sisters as it does to me. And, probably that's true of most of the books we give as gifts. They mean more to the gift giver. We often pick them because we love them.
Connie Willis' Miracle and Other Christmas Stories is my favorite collection of Christmas stories. I had copies of that book autographed for all three of us. It means a lot to me that we all have a copy.
I did get one other special gift book, but I was never able to give it. When Jim was dying of cancer, it was close to publication date for Lee Child's next Jack Reacher book. I thought we had time. I asked Lee Child's publicist for an advanced readers' copy so Jim could read it. She sent it, but he died before it arrived. I kept the book because of the memories.
Memories, family, love. There are a lot of reasons that one book might be the favorite one you ever gave as a gift.
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