Do you give books as gifts?
Of course! Although, more often than not, it will be a gift certificate for books so I don't end up getting them something they already have. One year I bought a book for my mom that I wanted to read too, so I did, and then I wrapped it up and sent it to her.
To everyone? Or only to select people?
Well, I can't afford books for everyone!!! So I only get gifts for friends and family. Hardy hardy har...Actually, I know a distressing number of people who just don't seem to own books. I find it very odd the number of homes I walk into and see no books...weird...
How do you feel about receiving books as gifts?
LOVE IT!!! But, really, would prefer a gift certificate. I'm never sure what I'll be in the mood for. So, for those of you trying to decide what to get me...
What is the best book you ever bought for yourself?
That's easy! A first edition of The Secret Life of Salvador Dali by Salvador Dali! At least, that's the latest one!
And, why? What made it the best? What made it so special?
After reviewing Dali & I, I became a bit obsessed with Salvador Dali. I was browsing around a used book store to find anything I could about him and stumbled across this book. It was a first edition, hardcover of The Secret Life of Salvador Dali by Salvador Dali! It was $70!. I went to a used book store to find something inexpensive, so I told myself "no". The problem was, in addition to my obsession, this was also a book that was bound in my favorite way! It's a cloth hardcover book with paper "paste-downs" on both the cover and the spine. I avoided going back to that store everyday for 3 months and then decided the book had too much power over me. I went back to "buy my book". It was gone! The bookseller was certain he hadn't sold it. I was there for more than an hour searching every shelf, one book at a time. The gentleman called the other two men who work at the store at their homes to see if they knew where it might be. And then...insert angels singing...I found the coveted book! I bought it, brought it home and have never been happier to have spent $70 on an item for myself!