This is the finale of Marie‘s Tuesday Thingers. Beginning next week, Thingers will be hosted by Wendi of Wendi’s Book Corner.
I can actually answer this question with details, since the response is posting the day after Christmas – yes, I definitely give books, as well as bookstore gift cards, for the holidays. However, I don’t always plan what books I’m going to give; sometimes, it’s a matter of browsing through Borders, picking up a book that catches my eye, and thinking “So-and-so would like this one.” That was how I found Rita Rudner’s I Still Have It, I Just Can’t Remember Where I Put It for my sister, who has enjoyed Rudner’s humor for years – she even quoted Rudner in the toast she gave at my wedding two years ago.
On the other hand, as soon as my son mentioned that he had lost his copy of America: The Book when he moved to DC after college, I knew I’d be getting him a replacement. My husband now has David Sedaris’ When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Sarah Vowell’s The Wordy Shipmates on his nightstand, and my 9-year-old stepson was given several books; some of them just feed various obsessions of his, specifically Star Wars and Pokemon, but one was a lovely hardcover copy of his new all-time-favorite book, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo.
A tradition has developed over the years for my dad to get the latest edition of the World Almanac as a Christmas gift from one of his daughters. My dad doesn’t have a computer, so he still gets his facts and trivia the old-fashioned way. This year he received the book from me, along with a bookstore gift card so he can get himself some more reading material.
I didn’t participate in any book-blogger gift exchanges this year; I had thought about joining in on the Secret Santa exchange, but never got around to it, and I opted out of LT’s SantaThing because it was announced so close to Christmas and would have meant research that I didn’t have time to do, although I like the idea. However, as part of my giveaway-fest here earlier this month, I did purchase LibraryThing Lifetime gift memberships for two lucky people, and I’d like to think that was kind of a “Santa thing” in its own way.
This meme has helped me learn a lot of things about LibraryThing I might not have discovered on my own, and introduced me to some great new-to-me book bloggers. Thanks, Marie, for all of the time and effort you put into Tuesday Thingers, and thanks also to Wendi for picking it up and keeping it going!
Did you give any good books this holiday season?
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate and happy holidays to all! Questions this week are courtesy of Heather from It’s All About The Hat! Thanks, Heather
1. I must write a new will and update my life-insurance beneficiaries before I die.
2. You can’t stop the beat (hey, maybe I’ll watch Hairspray again this weekend!).
3. I wish I never had to buy any clothing in double-digit sizes again.
4. Moving to California six years ago has helped me change my life.
5. I know the song whose title I can’t remember right now by heart.
6. If I weren’t so afraid, I would go up in a hot-air balloon.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to relaxing at home with Tall Paul, tomorrow my plans include taking some of the gift cards we received yesterday and going shopping and Sunday, I want to read, write, and rest!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day and have some fun plans for this weekend!