Booking Through Thursday: Gifts

What books did you get for Christmas (or whichever holiday you may have celebrated last month)?

Do you usually ask for books on gift-giving occasions or do you prefer to buy them yourself?

For Christmas, I received a dairy free cookbook (I recently found out I’m lactose intolerant), Julia Child’s Kitchen Wisdom, a pair of old school fantasy novels, and a very lovely paperback of Graceling. While I love getting cookbooks, my dormitory’s kitchen consists of a fridge and a microwave, so I’m not going to get a lot of cooking done until I come home in May.

I do prefer to buy books myself. As a college student, I tend to keep an eye on my spending. Since I’ve got such a wonderful library at school, there’s really no reason for me not to rent a book before I buy a book. I will, however, buy books that aren’t available at a library and are hard to find–I’ve been wanting to read Marjorie Garber’s Vested Interests for ages, so I swapped for it on SwapTree, and I did buy Little Shop of Stories’ lone copy of Boneshaker. I will occasionally ask for books I know I’ll like or use, like Eat This Not That. (I was reading the latest edition in the supermarket yesterday–my God, there are children’s meals that exceed my daily caloric intake!) But overall, I enjoy adding to my library myself.

16 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Gifts

  1. I prefer choosing my own books myself. As well meaning as family/friends can be, reading tastes and books that I’ll actually read can be very difficult to pin down. 🙂

  2. I usually try to check a book out at the library before making any decisions about whether or not I want to buy it. Saves money, and I don’t end up with a lot of books I’m not really interested in. Glad you got some good books for Christmas. Enjoy.

  3. You got some great books! I’m amazed that you have much time to read! (Are you a Yellow Jacket?) I gave my husband Mastering the Art of French Cooking and my sister gave me Alton Brown’s new cookbook. I also got a gift certificate to buy more books.

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