Wednesday, November 18, 2009

obviously all your holiday gifts are going to be books...

I know you guys are already onboard, but here's your friendly reminder to buy books for all your holiday gifts over the coming weeks. (Yes, all of them!! Do I look compromising to you?!?!)

Here was my plea last year for why books make even better gifts now than they did in the past. Here's my address of the rebuttal that all unprofitable industries should fold, and here's my post where I insist buying books for holiday gifts does not mean I don't love and support libraries! Yes, I want you to help me save my industry so I can continue to have a job (and so authors can have hope of being published), but I also believe in promoting literacy, and that a book makes a great gift during this economic downturn because it costs between $10 and $20, especially with your holiday coupons/member rewards/free shipping.

Over the last year, we came far. We made the Facebook group Buy a Book, Save the World! which pretty much says it all.

Here's my personal list of gift choices, for your convenience. It's based on what to buy for whom based on what they might have liked in the past. The list hasn't been updated since last year because alas I have been rereading the Wheel of Time instead of anything else in the world. But consider this your opportunity to tell me great books you read in 2009 that I should buy as gifts for others.

Furthermore, the Mischief Published in 2009 list will go live tomorrow. Here's your last chance to submit your details. Don't make me stalk you.

15 comments:

jalexissmith said...

wah wah woo weh... v. nice!

Kimberly Kincaid said...

Buy a Book, Save the World...how the hell did I miss this on Facebook?! Love it :)

Can't wait to read the 2009 list, and FTR, I am giving everyone I know books (not mine, even!) or gift cards to buy books. Hellllooo, what kind of author (unpublished, but hey...this girl is dreaming!) and voracious book-head doesn't do this? Really!

Margaret Yang said...

For girls who have read Twilight and wonder what to read next, I'd suggest *Book of a Thousand Days* by Shannon Hale. It's got some elements in common with Twilight--it's got a teenage protagonist and a small whiff of the supernatural and it's emotionally intense. However it's not dumb!

It's a retelling of an obscure fairy tale but it takes place in Mongolia. The language is just beautiful. It's a little bit Rapunzel, a little bit Cindrella, and a whole lot of awesome.

sylvia said...

I love your recommendations! You've just filled a few stockings for me, I think. And my mother is now getting me The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (she used to work with the Hmong population in Long Beach, CA and immediately knew the book when I asked about it - said it was a must read). Score!

Some of my own:

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen for women who aren't afraid of thick books and enjoy analysing. The family interactions in this are wonderful and what he does with unreliable narration is just awesome.

Sway by Zachary Lazar is fast-paced reading with plenty of action and detail for anyone interested in the 60s. Rolling Stones, Charles Manson and Kenneth Anger. I spent as much time on Wikipedia looking up details as I did reading this book, I was so intrigued.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a good one for boys. My son loved that and also (dpending on how open-minded the parents are) American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: an Odyssey in the New China by Matthew Polly. He also really enjoyed The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz and Little Brother by Cory Doctorow.

He's 15 now and into sci-fi. His recommendation of the week is Old Man's War by John Scalzi. For teenagers who enjoy sci-fi and fantasy, I'd also recommend Mistborn, the trilogy by Brandon Sanderson (I guess you know the name ;))

Finally, if you are looking at listing books for teens, S.E.X. by Heather Corinna is the most awesome book I've seen aimed at answering questions without assumptions and more importantly, without judgement. You can take a look at Scarleteen for a preview. She pulls no punches and answers every question asked, so not for the faint of heart. But if you want a rock-solid source of information about everything to do with sex, this is it.

Adult sci-fi : The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell stands out as the most thought-provoking novel I read in the last year.

*deep breath* I'll stop there. :)

Lost Wanderer said...

I am building my own personal library - not with building material, with books crammed everywhere in the house. My living room looks like half a library, and I love it.

I love libraries too, but I do buy more books than I borrow, because I often re-read them, and besides I just like to have them. It is one industry I definitely fully support. In fact, I would say majority of money I spend goes on books, and it's fabulous.

In fact today I checked my spreadsheet of my books (yup, I catalogue them), and realised that I have about 100 books that I haven't yet read. But I am already making a new list of books to buy for Christmas. :)

J.T. Oldfield said...

you know about the book bloggers' site Buy Books for the Holidays, right?

http://www.buybooksfortheholidays.com/

Funluvinchick said...

Oh! Books are the best holiday gifts! (I actually had someone tell me giving books isn't "special" and was very appalled because to me, receiving a book is one of the most special gifts I could receive).

If you have a guy you need to buy a book for I would recommend the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. Not only do you get a fantastic fantasy adventure you get to learn and grow with the author as he develops his own writing. I'm a huge fan!

In addition, if you're willing to venture into a series that is yet to be finished, The Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin is a good read.

Jemi Fraser said...

Great list! I agree with Sylvia - Hunger Games for teens of both genders.

Matilda McCloud said...

I'm on board with this. I always buy most of my gifts at bookstores, or give bookstore gift cards--you can personalize a bit by giving them a bookplate with their name on it to go with it. Even my college-age and a bit older sons love to get books (WEIRD NJ and books like that).

Kim Kasch said...

Obviously...

was there ever any doubt?

Imogen said...

Having looked at your last year's list you have solved the annual present-problem for two friends and a family member! - assuming I can get the crochet-a-zombie book in the UK, that is...
Thanks!

Charles Gramlich said...

you get an amen from me.

Joe Iriarte said...

Look at me sitting on my fingers to keep from pointing out how much I despise one of the things recommended here . . .

-o-

You know, when I first read this post, I didn't think I had anything to recommend, because I don't usually get around to books while they're new, but I just realized I do have a recommendation. The Shifter, by Janice Hardy. It's either MG or YA--it seems to me to straddle the line. It's a fun and thought-provoking fantasy where the heroine never has an easy moment, and where she faces one difficult moral choice after another. It also has tons of action and a very engaging protagonist.

cindy said...

thanks moonie! i've read a few of these listed but now there's more to pine for!

Beth said...

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