Do you like to give books as gifts? How do you feel about getting books yourself? Are you picky or easy?
I love to give books as gifts—it’s my first impulse when birthdays or holidays roll around. It’s fun to match books with people; a Molly Ivins biography for my mom, Napoleonic history for my brother, feminist sci-fi for my friends. Plus, there’s the old stand-bys for people I don’t know very well, like The Hobbit. I’m lucky in that I read more than anyone else I know, so I rarely give people something they already have, but it does happen—my mother already had that Molly Ivins biography. But that’s a chance you have to take sometimes; I can’t know everyone’s libraries inside and out.
I love getting books that I want to read. I feel it’s fairly easy to parse that out, given the blog and my reading list, which even denotes which books I can only get to by buying them. A little Google-fu is your friend! But I often get a handful of books I’ve never heard of, unless I specifically ask for a book. I am picky in that I have specific books I want, but… there’s rather a lot of them, which broadens the field somewhat. At the end of the day, a bookstore gift card is much appreciated.