Thursday, November 27, 2008


In honor of Black Friday-- (that massive shopping free for all I've no plans to partake in, choosing instead to stay tucked away in my home office, working on the third book in my upcoming THE IMMORTALS series, which I fondly call, UNTITLED BOOK #3)-- I thought I'd write a bit about shopping. Or more specifically-- Holiday Shopping. Which officially starts today.

And whether you celebrate Christmas, or Hanukhah, (or Chrismukkah like me!), or Kwanzaa, or Bodhi Day, or Yule, or Festivus (I'd love to be PC and list them all, but in the interest of time and space let's leave it at that, shall we?), you're probably thinking about marking the occasion with a gift--or several gifts even--hey, go wild! And though it's clearly no business of mine what you give to your loved ones, (including your not so loved ones), I'd still like to make a suggestion of:


Yes. Books.

And they don't even have to be my books (though they do make good gifts!)--anybody's books will do!


Books are a gift you can open again and again! 

Brilliant, huh? But I didn't make that up, so please send all kudos to Meg Cabot- who, as you know, also writes books!

And I don't think it's any kind of spoiler if I say that pretty much everyone on my list this year, is going to get either a book, or a gift card for a book, or some 
other book related type item. And it's not just because in these tough times a good book is one of the quickest, most economical, ways to escape (though as far as reasons to purchase--that's a pretty dang good one!), but because a really good book is something to cherish, to share, to blog about, and to highlight passages and earmark pages you want to read again and again.

A good book will teach you something you didn't know, make you think about something that never occurred to you, allow you to travel somewhere you've never been,  and make you experience something - exciting, scary, romantic, thrilling, funny, or sad- in the safety of your own home--hair salon- coffee shop--backseat-park bench-or wherever it is that you like to curl up and read. 

So go ahead, add a book, or two, or ten to your give and get list-- and then tell me, what books are on your list this year??


Anonymous said...

Top book i'm giving this year is "I Like You: Hospitality Under The Influence" this book never gets old! I mean who doesn't love Amy Sedaris?

Alyson Noel said...

Hey Mia- OOOOh, I LOVE Amy Sedaris--and her hilarious brother David!!!
Missed you at Thanksgiving--hope yours was good!

Anonymous said...

I so agree! I give books as gifts much of the time, usually because I just know that so-and-so will love a particular book. And everyone knows that my preferred default gift is a gift certificate to a bookstore, since it'll always get used and enjoyed!

Alyson Noel said...

Hey Caryn- I always give books, or gift cards for books. And there's nothing like finding that "perfect" book for that particular person on your list!