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:
Last 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.
Last 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!)
Last 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.
Next 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!