Today’s Booking Through Thursday question asks:
What, if any, memorable or special book have you ever gotten as a present? Birthday or otherwise. What made it so notable? The person who gave it? The book itself? The “gift aura?”
When I was young books were one of my favorite gifts to receive. They didn’t have to be brand-new; many of the books my parents gave me were from yard sales. I just loved the opportunity that books presented – a new world to explore and in which to lose myself.
The book gift that came to my mind first when I read this question is a bit surprising. In fifth grade I invited a girl to my birthday party who I had recently become sort of friends with, but who was very different from me. She was from a wealthy family, lived in a mansion, and had horses (I loved and still do love horses). I suspect that now we have almost nothing in common but that one year we were friends. Anyway, I don’t think she was nearly as much of a reader as I was, but she gave me two books for my birthday. They were mysteries, recently published, the start of a new series. I had never heard of them before but I loved them. I still own those books (although they are at my parent’s house) and I occasionally re-read them through high school. I think perhaps this is so memorable to me because it was an unexpected gift from this particular person. I actually suspect that her mom may have called up my mom to ask for ideas about gifts, but in any case it demonstrated that she really did care about giving a gift that would be meaningful to me, and she selected books that probably did not interest her but definitely interested me.
Now you are probably really wondering what these books were. I actually couldn’t remember the titles off the top of my head but a bit of google searching helped me find them. They were the Starbuck Twins mysteries: Double Trouble Squared and Shadows in the Water (there is a third book as well, A Voice in the Wind, which I read but I don’t think was part of the gift).