This past weekend was 1Fam Christmas in Toronto. I gave almost everybody books. These were well received. This makes me happy. The one that was most passed around and talked through was Russian Criminal Tattoos, Vol 3. Bet you didn’t know there were three volumes of books on Russian Criminal Tattoos! Now You Know. Trust me though, most of these you don’t want to see or think about. I’m sure they make an interesting sociological study, but visually, hmm.
I often give books because I like books and I like giving things I’d be happy to receive. I also think I’m good at picking out books for people. I could be wrong, they could all be faking happiness at the books I pick out, but I don’t think so. I listen and learn what people are interested in, often they might give me a starting point or criteria for books of interest (like my RestorationArchitectBrother, who gave me tips on what books are most useful to him — they must have illustrations including floor plans and drawings, not just photographs). But mostly I listen and try to plug into things of interest. I like the challenge of finding a book that fits.
Most people don’t give me books — they say things like I don’t know what you’ve already read. Or, you have so many books, and I don’t want to give you something you already have. Or, you have too many books already. See above on what I’d be happy to receive. I did get a book from YoungestBrother — a graphic novel. I told him I didn’t have a clue where to start with those, what did he recommend?
I bought books for 1Mom for Christmas and had to guess on what she’d read and hadn’t read. I have some idea of what she likes and reads, and since she’s a book addict like me, she’s read a lot. I had to go by our conversations and picked out books that I liked a lot that I was pretty sure were enough out of her range that she’d probably not read them. I did ok with that, mostly getting things she hadn’t read. This proves that one can actually purchase books for a book-lover and get them things they’ve not read.
Do you give books? What about receiving books? Is that an acceptable gift?