Wot, no books?…
OK, there are two problems here:
1) I hardly EVER get books for my birthday or for Christmas (family and friends seem to be under the impression I have too many already – tsk! There’s no such thing!)
2) If I really want a book I will generally buy it / borrow it or be sent it by the publishers if they know I like that author/genre
That may sound like a good enough reason for me not to get books as gifts, but let me tell you – I waaaaaaant them!!!!!
Don’t get me wrong, I can see why people would think that it’s a waste of a gift, but seriously – I have an aholism! Bookaholism! I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeed them books and I need ’em now!
To answer my own question though I’m not actually sure which book I would like to be bought – I suppose a really beautiful edition of one of my favourites, or books signed by authors I always love too. Or I would love to be given a book by somebody who loved it themselves and wants to give me a copy because it means something to them. Frankly, if I were to be given a book that had come from a second hand shop and that cost 20p I would be over the moon – if somebody had thought about me when buying it then that’s a special book in my eyes. Oh, and book tokens…..can you just imagine spending a couple of hours in a huge bookshop, browing, stopping for coffee, browsing some more. HEAVEN!!!
On the other hand, if a member of my family were to win the lottery then I wouldn’t just be asking for books, I’d be asking for a new house with its own library. Any of the below will do, I’m not overly fussy 😉