Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Book For Everyone!

Not surprisingly, most book lovers also give books as presents. Deep down, we probably know we've pissed off those nephews who really wanted an X-Box game, but we tell ourselves that it's just a matter of matching the right book to the right person. Just. As if it were always that easy. Below are 20 people. Pick one (or more) and recommend a book for them, feel free to recommend different books than those already suggested:

1. someone expecting an unexpected child
2. a woman over 80
3. someone interested in radical politics
4. a knitter
5. a twice divorcee
6. someone visiting the U.S. for the first time
7. someone into indie music
8. a hypocrite
9. a pirate
10. someone who enjoys magic
11. a journalist
12. an allergy sufferer
13. an athlete
14. a gay penguin looking to adopt
15. a homeless person
16. a highschool teacher
17. a viking
18. someone newly in love
19. Susan Boyle
20. a cynic


Jason said...

#8 Bring on the Apocalypse: Essays on Self-destruction By: George Monbiot

John Mutford said...

Jason: Ooooo, I hadn't heard of it so I had to look it up. Now that looks interesting!

barefootheart said...

Wow, great suggestion Jason! I like that book.
For an expectant mother, surprised or not, I like to gift Robert Munsch's Love You Forever. And Margaret Brown's The Runaway Bunny for the babe.
Fun idea, John.

raidergirl3 said...

high school teacher: the perks of being a wallflower by stephen chobsky, to remind teachers that there is so much more going on in their students lives besides what we are trying to teach them.
also in that vein:
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

gypsysmom said...

For #2 (a woman over 80) Remembering the Bones by Frances Itani, the story of a woman the same age as Queen Elizabeth who is on her way to the Queen's 80th birthday party when she drives off the road.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You knew I was going to tackle #7. For a novel for that person, I would recommend High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, and for a book about pop culure, I would have to recommend How Indie Rock Saved My Life by John Sellers, even if he does go on forever about Guided by Voices.

Fun post, John!

Remi said...

#2 The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett. Hey, if the Queen can become a bookfan in her 80s, anyone can.

#7 If they haven't read High Fidelity yet, someone should smash their vinyl.

#14 a really high quality book by dan brown (ie. it's about as real as a gay penguin looking to adopt)

#6 American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis - come on, it would be fun. . .

#7 Eat the Document by Diane Spiotta

I'd add more but work beckons. Alas, the things I do for money. . .

Pooker said...

#15 homeless person gets No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook or Pay the Rent You Blew it Cauze Bill Bailey Ain't Never Coming Home Again by Edgardo Vega Yunque. It's a sprawling but absolutely riveting novel full of sadness; of violence, tragedy and sexual awakening, but also of heroism and healing and family. It contains discussion of race and culture and is infused with music (jazz in particular). It is a weighty tome though, 780 pages. So I'd give the paperback. It would keep you reading for quite a while and once done I suspect it could be turned in for a reasonable return at a used bookstore. Or in winter, it could provide kindling for a good fire or even torn up to provide insulation.

MelanieL said...

Wow, Im glad I found this blog and will be following it closely from now on. For the Divorcees I would recommend "Keeping a Princess Heart In a Not-So-Fairy-Tale World" by Nicole Johnson. I going to have to ponder for the others.

Jo-Ann said...

#14 And Tango makes three by Justin Richardson. One of the most challenged books during the last few years.