Perhaps unsurprisingly, books are my favorite present to GIVE for Christmas as well as my favorite present to GET. (I also like to get CATS as presents, but my husband says he’s cutting me off at six.) I even give books to people who don’t like to read, because I know there’s that just right book out there for everyone and I believe that with enough hunting, I can find it. Buying books for my mother and mother-in-law, both of whom are voracious readers, is especially fun because researching books they will love gets me far outside my own zone of book knowledge. Neither of them reads children’s or young adult, so effective bookmatchmaking requires me to explore what’s new in adult fiction and nonfiction.
This is what I’m giving this year.
For my older son, who is still mourning the loss of Frederic, Gustav and Deeb Rauber the Bandit King (after we concluded Christopher Healy’s wonderful Hero’s Guide series);
For my mother-in-law, an artist and paleontologist, who will read absolutely anything but especially loves literary fiction:
For my mother, who loves depressing books about dying, books about nature and gardening, and nonfiction by and about women: