Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, and it’s where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts! If you want to join in the bookish discussion fun, check out the December 2022 prompts!
Now without further ado… The topic asks us about:
Books as Gifts
(SUGGESTED BY HANNAH @ HANNAH’S LIBRARY)
Prompts: Do books make good gifts? Do you ever give or receive books as gifts? Would you rather receive a book from your wish list or be surprised? What would you do if you didn’t like the book you were given? Would you expect someone to read a book you got them right away?
Books are the best gifts but they’re also tricky gifts…
I don’t know anyone in the book community who doesn’t love receiving books as gifts so I do think they make great gifts but I also believe they are tricky gifts to give! I feel like it’s very hit/miss unless you know the person well or know what kind of books they like, and even then it’s not always a guaranteed win.
Spreading the bookish love (and receiving some too)
Before making friends in this community, I’ve actually only ever received books as a gift twice! Once was a secret Santa exchange for my first Christmas in the UK in 2011 and it was from my bestie’s partner’s friend whom I’d never met. He got me a beautiful copy of Doctor Zhivago but I still haven’t read it yet… The other person to gift me a book was a close family friend of my father’s who knew I loved reading so he gifted me one of his favourites, Catch-22. I also haven’t read it yet. (Spotting a trend yet? 😂)
In the past year, I’ve received birthday book gifts from a few friends in the bookish community and I appreciate them SO MUCH! They gifted me books from my wish list so the books were all ones that I’d been looking forward to reading but never got around to purchasing. I’ve also given book gifts for a few birthdays and a couple of random ‘let’s treat my friends’ moments throughout the year cos it’s such a joy to surprise people with books from their wish lists! 😍 Just as I prefer receiving books off my wish list, I also prefer buying people books from their wish lists because it’s a guarantee that they’ll enjoy the gift.
To read or… not?
I’ve still kept the two books that I received even though I’ve not read both yet and I honestly only have an interest in reading one of them, Doctor Zhivago. I’ve been tempted to give away or sell the Catch-22 book because although I’d previously had a slight interest in picking it up, that has faded as more time has passed. I do feel bad about wanting to give it away but my shelf is too full to keep a book I don’t think I’ll read and unless they ask about the book, I wouldn’t tell them. I personally wouldn’t be mad if someone gave my book gift away, especially if it’s a book they didn’t end up enjoying or have no interest in reading any longer, but I also don’t think they’d need to tell me about it either. 😁
I also wouldn’t expect someone to read a book I got them immediately because let’s be honest, our book lists are (already) long and our time is limited! As a mood reader, I also understand needing to be in the right mood to pick up a book, especially if it’s one that I hope to love. So I would hope no one would expect me to read a book they gave me immediately because I’d disappoint them with that expectation, lol.
How do you feel about book gifts — do you like giving and receiving them? Would you prefer being surprised or receiving a book from your wish list?