Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Bookish holiday shopping

by Miriam

When I was a kid, the best thing I could imagine getting for my birthday or Christmas was a book. My family was, shall we say, “economically challenged,” and there wasn’t a lot of money for expensive presents, so books were the perfect gift. As far as I’m concerned, they still are. What else will keep you occupied for hours and days after the unwrapping frenzy has passed? After all, you can only use the Pedi Egg so often. And that chopping device your aunt gave you has “regifting” written all over it. But, open a book, wrap yourself in a blanket (or the Snuggie your cousin, Marge, gave you) and pour yourself a glass of wine or cup of cocoa and you’re set for a delightful time. Here are some book lists to shop from:

Michiko Kakutani's Top 10 Books of 2009
NPR's These Aren't Your Geek's Graphic Novels
The Guardian's Top 10s
PW's Best Children's Books of 2009


  1. Agreed! I love getting books, but I always ask for so many so exclusively that my family asks me if I'm sure I don't want something else. Quite a few of the titles on those lists are on mine as well!

  2. This reminded me of the year I got a whole box full of the Trixie Belden mysteries. I was fourteen and I'd been reading them for years, but they'd hired another writer to keep writing them, so they were up to about 35 and I only had about 20. My brother got a stereo and when I opened my box, I found all the rest of the books in the series. I was so ecstatic...taking them out, counting them, going over every title. Finally, in frustration, my mother said, "Sheesh! Look closer at the box." When I did, I found a $50 gift certificate (this was 1982 so that was a LOT) for the mall. Mom said, "I can't believe you didn't see it. Didn't you feel cheated when your brother got a stereo and all you got were some books?" And the answer was, "No!" It never occurred to me that there would be more than the books!!! Even though my parents always spent the exact same money on us, I hadn't even noticed.

    P.S. You can send me the food chopper. I love those types of things.

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