Thankfully giving books--what my boys, and other sundry loved ones, are getting for Christmas

I am so thankful that I have a family for whom I can buy books!  Buying books is fun in general, but when you buy a book for yourself, there's always the nagging doubt about whether you will find time to read it or not (my mind always fills with visions of the shoes of Imelda Marcos).   Buying books for others, though, is shear pleasure.    There's the Careful Thought, the requests for wish lists, the scouring of the internet and local shops, new and used, and finally, the wrapping (actually the reason I give books is because I am Challenged by wrapping paper and books are just about the only think I can wrap decently and even then it is a struggle because sometimes I try to Save Paper and it all goes horribly wrong).

Here is what they are getting (just for the record, the books for the boys include ones I've asked other relatives to get for them).  You might notice that the books for the boys are rather graphic novel heavy.  I think graphic novels are safer bets as presents for the young than longer books that require more investment; the two novel length books younger son is getting are safe bets because of being series continuations.

Early present, for sharing on the plane ride to Grandma's:

Rat's Wars, a Pearls Before Swine Collection

For my 10-year-old son:

Warriors, Dawn of the Clans 2: Thunder Rising, by Erin Hunter

The Royal Ranger, by John Flanagan

Zed: a Cosmic Tale, by Michel Gagne

Mouseguard: The Black Axe, by David Petersen

The Saga of Rex, by Michel Gagne

How to Betray a Dragon's Hero, by Cressida Cowell

For my 13-year-old son:

Hyperbole and a Half, by Ally Brosh

Romeo and Juliet, by Gareth Hinds

The Lost Islands, by Kazu Kibuishi

The Onion Book of Known Knowledge

March, by John Lewis

Flight, Vol. 4, ed. by Kazu Kibuishi

For my 10 year old nephew:

Akissi: Feline Inviasion, by Marguerite Abouet 

For my little sister

Gypsy's Sowing and Reaping, by Elizabeth Stuart

Warts and All, by Rodie Sudbery

For my big sister:

Code Name Verity, by ElizabethWein

For my mother:

Fugue in Time, by Rumer Godden

The New Yorker Book of Cartoon Puzzles

For my husband:

Apples of North America:  Exceptional Varieties for Gardeners, Growers, and Cooks, by Tom Burford

World's Best Ciders: Taste, Tradition, and Terroir

The New Cider Maker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Craft Producers

For the kids at Ballou High School in Washington D.C. (more info. here at Guys Lit Wire)

Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

Aren't these nice books!  Which would you like?  I think of all of these I am most looking forward to reading Hyperbole and a Half (which of course I could read now, since I have it on hand, but it is more fun to read Christmas present books at Christmas).  

The only problem with having done all one's Christmas
book shopping is that there are still 27 days left, and it is quite possible that I will find myself buying even more books even though this is Really Enough..


  1. What fun! That Rex is adorable, and I'm going to check out all the others I've haven't seen or even heard of. Also please invite me for the cider.

  2. March is a really good book. Now you're adding books to my Christmas list. :-)

  3. Thanks so much for fantastic suggestions for my nephews and niece, as well as my fifth grade kids at school!

  4. Oh, you're ahead of me! I've just started thinking of Christmas presents... and books will only do for some of my gift recipients (the others just won't appreciate them). Ah well. Need to start looking around. I think HYPERBOLE AND A HALF is going to be the book of the year for my (mostly adult) crew!

  5. This is a good way of sharing our own source of knowledge, through reading books. It's my advice to my student in online dissertation writing services of mine. Keep it up.


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