Thursday, June 25, 2009

Give and Take

I have 2 questions about books as presents:

1. What is the last book(s) you gave as a present?

Mine is Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, which I gave to my dad for his birthday last month. The whole time I was reading my own copy I was thinking of how much he'd enjoy it.

2. What is the last book(s) you got as a present?For Father's Day, my son gave me David Sedaris' When You Are Engulfed In Flames and my daughter gave me Michael Kenyon's the Beautiful Children. According to my wife, they chose primarily from the pictures on the cover. I'm a little worried my son's going to want a tattoo by the time he's six, looking at his choice. In any case, it worked out. I've been wanting to read Sedaris for some time and since it's a book of short stories, so much the better. As for Michael Kenyon, well I hadn't heard of him, but I've discovered that he is Canadian and that's good enough for me!


B.Kienapple said...

I gave An Edible History of Humanity (Happy Father's Day, Dad). I got an ARC for Zoe Whittall's new book!! By the exclamation marks you can see I am very excited to read this book.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The last book I gave (to a blog friend, yet) was Lynn Coady's Play The Monster Blind and the last one I received (for Mother's Day) was Jonathan Goldstein's Ladies and Gentlemen: the Bible, which, by the way, I shall finish reading in time for the Canadian Book Challenge.

Ali said...

Last book given: I just bought Bart King's The Big Book of Boy Stuff yesterday, for a young friend's 8th birthday. The best book ever for 8-12 yr old boys.

Last book received: That's harder to recall! I think it was when Bethany ( gave me her extra copy of The Cellist of Sarajevo, at the author reading at Powell's.

John Mutford said...

B: That sounds like one my dad would like too, actually.

Barbara: I loathe WireTap, so I'm not all that anxious to read his book. Hopefully your review will change my mind.

Ali: That does sound like a fun book.

gypsysmom said...

I gave a copy of "Grass, Sky, Song" by Trevor Herriot to my sister for her birthday on May 31st. I read Pooker's copy a few months ago and thought it was the best environmental book I had read since A Silent Spring in the 1960's. Growing up we always waited for the first meadowlark song to tell us spring was here to stay. I'm recommending this book to everyone who cares about nature and this fragile earth, especially prairie people.

My sister passed a book on to me at her birthday celebration. (I love getting gifts at someone else's birthday.) It was The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro. I've been trying to read more of her work so I was thrilled.

Allison said...

The last book I gave,The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, to The Boy. The last book I received - from Barb actually - Notes from A Small Island by Bill Bryson. In between then I've managed to purchase many books and thus my nightstand is overflowing.

Ha! My word verification is "inkers" - hope your son doesn't get any too young. ;)

Wanda said...

Beautiful Children would have caught my eye too!

For Mother's Day, I got The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Whew, that's a long title!). If the quote on the first page is any indication, I'll be swooning by books end.

Gave three books to my daughter as a grading present yesterday: Goosed! ~ Bill Wallace, The 39 Clues Book#4, and The Dork Diaries ~ Rachel Renee Russell.