If you love books as much as I do, you probably want to share that love with others. I'm not lucky enough to belong to a book club, but I decided to start a new tradition with my daughters-in-law that could just as easily be tweaked for your holiday book club meeting.
I'm really fortunate both DILs love to read and trading book titles over the years has been amazing. This year, though, I decided to pick two of my favorite books from this year and put them under the tree for Stephanie and Laurian. I'm really excited to see what they think about what I'd like to make a new holiday tradition.
If you're in a book club, why not do something similar? Draw names, choose a book you love that you didn't read this year in book club, write a little note about why you loved it, and gift it! Everyone gets to go home with a new book and since they're your book club buddies, chances are you have a feel for what they might like out of the many favorites you love.
If you're worried about giving a book the person has already read, don't. Honestly, if someone gifted me a book they loved and I'd already read it, I'd read it again, keeping in mind why the person liked it. I've had some amazing reads after giving a book I previously didn't care for second chance due to the enthusiastic encouragement of a fellow reader. (Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series, I'm looking at you!)
Besides, rereading has become a more common thing for me in the past ten years or so and to me it's like visiting an old friend. I always find something new in it. So bring on the recommendations!
I read so many wonderful books this year. It's hard to pick just one. Tale For A Time Being was outstanding, complex and thought provoking on many levels. It's a fabulous read, but the audio is great too, because the author reads it in a way that really makes it come alive. In either case, it will have you pondering it long after the last page is turned. llandig at msn dot comReplyDelete
I'll check that one out!Delete
Oh I just checked my GoodReads list and I'd already had that as a Want To Read!Delete
I also shared it on FB. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid07X9ixa8odttQRQ3jHkDD8zemhAk53GP3VAjBCMxPynWkhsauHRtsDf8Ht17kmq77l&id=100000059846054&mibextid=Nif5ozReplyDelete
Your so amazing..ReplyDelete
With your love of books, you are rather Icelandic at heart. https://jolabokaflod.org/about/founding-story/ https://www.npr.org/2012/12/25/167537939/literary-iceland-revels-in-its-annual-christmas-book-floodReplyDelete
What could be better than getting a lot of books as presents and then staying up all night Christmas Eve reading and drinking cocoa and eating chocolate!
I love novels but have a very hard time choosing a favorite. Two authors whom I adore are Jane Austen and Kaye Gibbons. I had the chance to meet Kaye at a book signing/reading in coastal MS the February after Hurricane Katrina. Her books really speak to me. A modern science author who really speaks to me is Laurie Garrett. I greatly enjoyed her book The Coming Plague. It's a history, thriller, and cautionary tale.
I started doing that two Christmases ago and wished I'd known about it earlier! Kaye Gibbons -- I read "Ellen Foster" and really liked it! I looked up Laurie Garrett and as a microbiology major in college, her things are right up my alley. Thanks for the recommendation!Delete