Musings From A Bookmammal

Musing Mondays–Four Questions About Books As Gifts


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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!

Here’s my musing for this week–

Four Questions (and answers!) About Books As Gifts:

happy marriageLast book you bought for yourself—I was very fortunate to receive a Barnes & Noble gift card through work recently. I bought several books, but the essay collection This Is The Story Of  A Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett was a true splurge on my part. I read a copy from the library this past winter, and right after I finished it I knew I wanted to own my own copy. I decided not to wait for the paperback and used part of my gift card to get the hardcover. I love the essays in this book and I know I’ll be rereading some of them again and again.

clementineLast book you bought for someone else—I participate in the One Book At A Time literacy initiative, which is just one of the great programs run by the wonderful Family-To-Family organization. The premise of this particular program is that you are paired up with a child from a low-income area and agree to send that child one book, along with a letter, every month for one year. The child reciprocates by sending you a letter each month. I’ve been paired with a girl in elementary school, and Clementine by Sara Pennypacker is the last book that I sent to her. (If you’d like to learn more about Family-To-Family, the MANY literacy programs they sponsor that are making a difference in the lives of children and their families, and how you can get involved, just click here!)

vanity fair 100 yearsLast book someone bought for you—Because I read so much,I don’t receive books as gifts very often, and when I do, it’s always because I’ve asked very specifically for a certain title. This past Christmas I asked for—and received—the enormous coffee-table book Vanity Fair: 100 Years. This is an incredible browsing book, filled with wonderful photos, quotes, essays, and interview excerpts from one of my favorite magazines, and it’s also a great snapshot of how our culture has changed over the past century.

sundays at 8Next book you hope someone buys for you—Right now I am coveting the new hardcover book Sundays at Eight: 25 Years Of Stories From C-SPAN’S Q & A And Booknotes. This book is a treasure for the nonfiction geeks like me out there–I used to love watching Brian Lamb interview nonfiction authors on the show Booknotes on Sunday nights. Bonus “nonfiction book-geek” anecdote—I actually met Brian Lamb when I was a bookseller and he could not have been nicer—it’s one of my favorite bookstore memories! I have several other books that are transcripts of various interviews from his shows, and I’d love to add this one to my collection.

How about you? Feel free to share your own answers!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

15 thoughts on “Musing Mondays–Four Questions About Books As Gifts

  1. Clementine is such a great book for kids! Here’s my Musings – Happy Monday!

  2. Enjoy! It is wonderful to give and receive books. I bought a book for my grandson on the weekend…he usually wants to go to Barnes & Noble. People usually give me the book gift cards…Here’s my MUSING MONDAYS POST”

  3. I love the sound of the One Book at a Time initiative, I’m sure Clementine (beautiful name) was well received by the recipient. I love the look of the Vanity Fair book too.

  4. Hey, I participate in One Book At A Time. Love it! My reader’s interests are so different from mine that I’m learning a ton!

  5. What a great thing to muse about. Here are my answers:

    The last book I bought for myself is I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson.
    The last book I bought for someone else is City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. My daughter loved it.
    The last book someone bought me was Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writer’s Life by Elizabeth MacLeod.
    Next book I hope someone buys for me is Return to Tradd Street by Karen White. This is one of my favorite series.

    Hope you’ll visit

  6. Oooh, those look like an interesting book haul right there 🙂 I bet the Vanity Fair book has some amazing photoshoots to skim through. I always did like their editorials, as well.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Happy reading!

  7. It is fun to find just the right book for gifts. My Post at Mixed Book Bag

  8. I love receiving books as gifts and even love to gift them 🙂

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