It’s the time of year when people starting talking about books as Christmas gifts, such as this post on RTB. And I remember last year there was a big movement urging people to help save the book industry by buying books as holiday presents.
I don’t really get it. How do you buy people books for Christmas?
(I know at least one of you just thought you go to the bookstore and give them money and they give you a book. Smartass.)
So far this year, I’ve bought one book: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. It’s a gamble, because TK does not like having books chosen for him, but steampunk with zombies? I read a couple of reviews and I think it’ll be a win. But to be honest, he’s been talking about steampunk and I remembered reading about this book and decided to order it for him. It was only after I ordered it I realized it was close enough to Christmas so I should save it and put it under the tree.
And if a toddler’s on my Christmas list, I’m totally throwing Sandra Boynton books that kid’s way because my love for her board books is eternal.
Other than that, I’m stumped.
Take my sisters…please. (okay, that was a joke). #1 is the mother of four boys eight and under, so she doesn’t have a lot of leisure time, though she did just cave to the pressure of family and friends and plow through the entire Outlander series. But I think she and I have pretty different reading tastes. I think she likes Oprah books, but I’m not sure. #2 reads voraciously and I know a couple of authors she likes, but I don’t know which books she’s read. #3 reads a lot, too, but I’m not sure what. She used to read the American Girls books, and I know she just read the Twilight saga. But with #’s 2 and 3, there’s also balancing what’s on the market for their age groups (21 & 14) and their church and Christian school upbringing. I have no freakin’ idea what I’d buy for them.
I know my mother and I used to have similar reading tastes but, other than the Outlander series, I’m not sure that we still do. I don’t know if her becoming a Jehovah’s Witness a while back has changed what she reads. Although, now that I think about it, I don’t really have to worry about what book I’d get her for Christmas, do I?
Anyway. My stepmother? She might be into short, sweet category romances. My grandmother likes Debbie Macomber and others like her. No idea what she’s read, so unless a new DM came out on Dec 24th, I wouldn’t have a clue.
And so on and so forth.
It just stumps me. And the idea of any of my family members trying to buy a book for me is hilarious. Even my husband couldn’t walk into Borders and pick out a book I’d want for Christmas.
So are any of you giving books for Christmas? How do you figure out what to buy?