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The Gift of Books

It's that time of year again. The holiday season is in full swing and the phone at Chez Angie starts ringing off the hook. Friends and family checking in asking for book recommendations to give as gifts. For the record, these are my very favorite sort of calls to get. I love searching out the perfect book for someone, passing on the info, and then sitting back with my mug of cider and just savoring how that book will be enjoyed by that someone. If I'm extra lucky, I get to hear about it later. A lot of great books came out this year and I have enjoyed spreading the word about them. Some of them famous and some of them deserving of so much more attention than they got. As well as a host of perennial favorites. Books I'm giving away this year include: Diana Peterfreund's Secret Society Girl series, Juliet Marillier's Sevenwaters series, Graceling and Fire by Kristine Cashore, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines, The President's Daughter series by Ellen Emerson White, The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede, and Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series. Among others.
What books are you giving this year?

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  1. One of the books I gave this year was my friend's p.m.terrell's follow up to Songbirds Are Free, River Passage.

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  2. I'm giving The Hunger Games too! And The Knife of Never Letting Go, and Life As We Knew It - kind of a dystopian Christmas this year! :P

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  3. I'm not giving any books this year. I don't know why, but I didn't even think about it. Horrible, I know. Girl in the Arena looks really good, though, and I don't think it's on my TBR list yet.

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  4. Diane, how lovely to be able to give a friend's book!

    Jenny, that is awesome! And a very merry dystopian Christmas to you and yours. ;)

    Brenda, I really did love it. Hope you enjoy it as well!

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  5. I couldn't think of anyone better suited for selecting that perfect book for someone special. You've listed some of my favs here and a couple that I'm giving out as well!

    Keep the fabulous recommendations coming and Merry Christmas!

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  6. I love calls like that too...and it was my favorite question as a librarian.
    This year I'm giving away The Mad King (read it - you'll love it) to my husband who has read it and just wants us to own a copy....The Book Thief, I opened early the Girl in the Arena, Elantris, Doc Hollywood, A Northern Light...and I'm sure a bunch more.

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  7. Somehow I ended up being the reading black sheep of the family, but I did buy FIRE for my niece and had it signed by Kristin Cashore. I'm pretty sure she's going to love it. :)

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  8. I gave my little sis two how-to Sewing books this year and my mom the newest William Dalrymple (she loves his books and pesters me about looking up on his website what book he has coming out). Then indirectly influenced other peoples presents. Suggested my brother buy my mom World Without End by Ken Follet because she and my dad wanted to read it, and Comeback 2.0 (about Lance Armstrong's comeback) for my husband from my mom.

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  9. Michelle, awww. :)

    Raspberry, ooh, THE MAD KING....got it.

    Janicu, awesome. I love that your mom pesters you about books she wants.

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