Giving Books for Christmas

18 Dec

This year, I came into a situation that should be a bibliophile’s dream. My brother-in-law and his girlfriend both asked for books for Christmas! However, I panicked and am getting them socks instead (sorry if they somehow read this!). But I had to wonder, why was I panicking?

I honestly don’t like getting a lot of books for Christmas. I feel an obligation to read them and sometimes they’re books I wouldn’t have picked out and don’t want to read. Sometimes, they’re amazing. But I’m feeling pessimistic because it’s the holidays so I’m going to focus on the negative.

I still have books for Christmas three years ago on my TBR. I have some from last year, too. I’m in no rush to get to them and that’s fine with me. However, every time I see those people (and one is my husband so it is quite often), I feel like I have to explain why I haven’t read their gift yet. It’s a bit overwhelming.

So I don’t want to give them stress for Christmas. Even more, I don’t want to get them books they already own. Or books they don’t want to read at all or have no interest in reading. I’m trying to help them live a zero-waste and zero-stress life. They live in Colorado, so I figure that’s what they’re after all the time.

So I’ve devised a plan. I’m going to put recommended reading lists in their stockings. That way, they can look at the book summary online and decide if it’s one they want to read. They can ignore my suggestions and I won’t be hurt. They can find the book at the library and not be stuck with it if they hate it. Best of all, they can ‘lose’ my list in the trip back west! It’s foolproof. Right?

Help me out, readers. What lists would you recommend to 25-year-olds who like fiction? I have a few in mind but I need to fill up these lists. The more, the merrier.

Until next time, write on.

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14 Responses to “Giving Books for Christmas”

  1. I think that’s such a good idea as I too know that feeling of dread when you’re given a book you don’t like. I recommend The 7 1/2 Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton and The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau.

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  2. Laila@BigReadingLife at 6:05 PM #

    Nice idea, no pressure that way. I’d recommend An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.

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  3. thepturnersbookblog at 12:13 AM #

    One idea I have seen floating about before which I adopt is buying books that YOU love. It’s a great way for people to get a further insight into what you enjoy, but also what better feeling is there when someone reads and enjoys a book you have recommended/purchased for them?! ❤

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    • Sam at 4:55 PM #

      I’d feel so stressed about them reading it and hating it lol. I get book anxiety easily. Happy Reading!

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  4. whatcathyreadnext at 5:26 AM #

    I’m in the same position as you. I have books still sitting on my bookshelf I was given as Christmas or birthday presents that I still haven’t read. I feel guilty every time I catch sight of them. I want to read them but just haven’t got round to it.

    I think your suggestion of recommendations is a good one and I like the idea of encouraging library use as well – assuming they have access to a good local library that is likely to have your recommendations. Alternatively, I’d be tempted to add a gift card/book token along with the list.

    As for books to recommend for a 25 year-old…well, that’s difficult as I’m well beyond that age! However, a book I enjoyed earlier this year was The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway by Rhys Thomas. If you think they may like historical fiction then Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield. For something light that I personally didn’t love but I know a lot of people did, The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp by Sarra Manning.

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    • Sam at 9:40 PM #

      Thanks for your suggestions! I’m confident their library will have almost any suggestion since they live in a state capital. Happy reading!

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  5. Incessant Bookworm at 11:43 AM #

    I love the idea of a recommended reading list! So much less pressure for you AND them. I feel the same about receiving books as gifts…. I’m still trying to get around to ones gifted to me years ago haha

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    • Sam at 9:45 PM #

      I’m glad people stopped asking haha. Happy reading!

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  6. Meeghan reads at 6:06 PM #

    I agree, it’s too hard! One of the first questions I ask when people ask me for recommendations is “what have you read recently that you enjoyed”? Liking books is so subjective, and if they like books that I would never read, then I absolutely try to get out of recommending books to them!

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  7. Rae Longest at 5:17 AM #

    Intriguing post. A Barnes and Nobel gift card is ALWAYS welcome by almost everyone!

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