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Holiday Meme....

Why is it that no one ever gets trampled by a crowd of shoppers at a bookstore? Not that I want anyone to get trampled, but wouldn't it be lovely if people were stampeding for books instead of flat screen televisions and Wii Fits? (as a side note, J.D. Rhoades wrote an interesting post over at Murderati on using the holidays to try and prop up the publishing industry)

So, I present to you this meme:

What books have you asked for this holiday season and which books are you planning on giving?

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devi42
Nov. 30th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
Mine
Asked for: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Giving: The Christmas Quilt / The New Year's Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
kare_chan
Nov. 30th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
asked for:
'Tolstoi' by Henri Troyat
and two by Kim Newman: 'Dracula Cha Cha Cha' and 'Bloody Red Baron'

no book giving this year, but:
one book mark and one sudoku calendar
imagined_away
Nov. 30th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
I'm giving a lot of comic books this year. My best friends, another friend, and my father (as long as it's 1985 or earlier) all love comics and our local shop has a black friday sale *at night* so there's not such a rush.

As for getting books I've solved this in a relativley simple way. None of my family knows what I read aside from Harry Potter, so every Christmas I ask for a shit load of Borders gift cards (I think last year I got somewhere between 50 and 70 dollars) and December 26th I go spend them all. I have a list somewhere in my room of all the books I want to buy, so I just take it along.
acharmedlife
Nov. 30th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Hmmm.

I haven't thought much about giving books. My brothers aren't terribly big fiction readers these days.

I'd like to read Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I like reading books written for young people so that I can get a better handle on the market - I'd like to write for young people someday.

I'm terrible at wanting books, and then going out to buy them immediately. I have no patience. Right now I want to read Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and I will probably go and buy it today. =/
wiredwizard
Nov. 30th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
Asking for: Complete Calvin & Hobbes boxed set

Giving: Depends what I find at the bookstore
donyazad
Nov. 30th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
my parents paid me trip to Vienna as a Christmas gift so I can't really ask for much. but I think I'll manage to convince them to buy me this fancy edition of an anthology of Borges' poems. I think I'll ask my best friend to buy me something, but most likely we'll go Christmas shopping together and I'll decide later.
I'm sure I'll give Umberto Eco's On Literature to someone, but I'm not sure yet. I'll buy mom Love in the Time of Cholera & One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The rest is undecided.
diguiii
Nov. 30th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
Asked for: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray/ Evernight by Claudia Gray
Giving: 1984 by George Orwell
_fakewings_
Nov. 30th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
asked for:
The High Kings Tomb by Kristen Britain, Magic and the Modern Gril by Mindy Klasky, The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong, Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale, The Host by Stephenie Meyer and Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs (don't have my own copy of this one yet :().

giving:
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly and Authority by Anita Shreve for my mom. I'm also debating on getting books/manga for a few of my friends.
admnaismith
Nov. 30th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)

I've taken to including a "scavenger hunt" book request on my Christmas list.

That means, get me any book, as long as it has the following phrase on the book jacket:

2006: "A Delightful Romp". (Result: Silverlock, by Jon Myers Myers

2007: "Could not put it down until the final thrilling page!" (Result: 404. One family member scribbled it herself on a copy of Samuel Butler's Erewhon. For the record, it doesn't count if you write it on the book yourself.

2008: "The cleverest whodunnit to come along in ages". Anyone wanna play?
marycatelli
Nov. 30th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
Asked for the Order of the Stick Start of Darkness.

Only one I know I'm giving is an art book.
cthulhu_shuman
Nov. 30th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Regarding the first part, I think it's because books cost the same on Black Friday as they do any other day of the year. Yeah, Borders had 11 bestsellers at half off, but saving $10 isn't the sort of thing that inspires trampling. Basically, I think it's not that people appreciate books less than TVs, it's that bookstores don't have huge, amazing bargains on Black Friday.

To answer your meme, Mark Kurlansky's "Salt" has made me want ever more books about the history of common items. His "Cod" book looks interesting, as does his "Basque History of the World." Eleanor Herman's "Mistress of the Vatican" also looks fascinating.
romantic_envy
Nov. 30th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
I'm asking for:
Star Trek New Frontier books past volume 8
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

I'm giving as presents:
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Three Musketeers
Geisha: A Life
Fledgling
The Pirate Bride
the latest book out by Mike Huckabee
atcharr
Nov. 30th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
I want to be one of your friends! :p
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star_shooter14
Nov. 30th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Asked for: Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer

Giving: I want to get my mom a book or two, but I don't know which books yet. ^_^
atcharr
Nov. 30th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely giving "The Little Book" by Selden Edwards for my father.

I do like to go into bookstores and find just the right book for the right person.

I haven't requested anything yet, I have to put my book list together. I keep a big file on my computer of books/CDs/whatnot that I'm interested in over the course of the year and then winnow it down a bit from there. Otherwise I would forget.
bella_fox
Nov. 30th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
I think half my wishlist is made up of books. Here are just a few from my list:

Other Voices, Other Rooms (Truman Capote)
Breakfast At Tiffany's (Truman Capote)
The Complete Stories of Truman Capote
The Tea House (Paul Elwork)
Island (Aldous Huxley)
The Hour I First Believed (Wally Lamb)
War and Peace (Tolstoy)
Lolita (Nabokov)

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