Monday, December 20, 2010
Thanks to She Writes for the reasons below to give books as gifts:
Books don't break until you love them so much their spines collapse. And even after that happens they don't get shorter.
Books don't get lost. If you read a book it's yours forever, no matter what happens to the pages it's written on.
Books don't come in the wrong size, or in the wrong color, or with batteries not included. (That's your eReader -- not the book!)
Books don't judge their readers. But books invite the kind of judgment that elevates the discourse, and that sometimes changes the course of things altogether.
A lot of presents say more about you than they do about the person you give them to. But a book speaks for itself.
I think books are the perfect presents. Most years I spend as muuch on books as on clothing. And often I give myself a special holiday gift book from my wish list. But not this year. Alas, I gave myself a toilet. Mine died and flooded the bathroom, so now I have a new, shiny white toilet (elongated shape) and no new books. ):