I always ask for books on gift-giving occasions. In fact, other than movies and sometimes some music, it's pretty much all I ever ask for. Most of the time I have to give people a list. I understand why - because I have so many books, most people have no idea what I already have; still, I long for the time when someone will hand me a book and say, "I think you'd enjoy this." Especially if the selection revealed some intimate knowledge of my interests and quarks...especially if I DID enjoy it. I really do miss the spontaneity of not having to ask for any specific book.
What books did you get for Christmas (or whichever holiday you may have celebrated last month)? Do you usually ask for books on gift-giving occasions or do you prefer to buy them yourself?
So - what books did I get for Christmas...I hope that I can remember them all...
- Blood Meridian - McCarthy
- The Magus - Fowles
- Parade's End - Ford Maddox Ford
- Letters of Groucho Marx
- Labyrinths - Borges
- Beloved - Morrison
- Little Women - Alcott
- Wittgenstein's Mistress - Markson
- Clea - Durrell
- Mountolive - Durrell
I think that's it. I also went on a small spree myself this past weekend and purchased the following used books:
- House for Mr. Biswas - Naipaul
- Women in Love - Lawrence
- King Solomon's Mines - Haggard (with a somewhat racially-inappropriate cover, which is probably why it was only $1.50)
- East of Eden - Steinbeck
- Age of Innocence - Wharton
- A Short History of the Movies text book
- Introduction to Film Studies text book
P.S. - I did forget one book I got for Christmas: Powwowing Among the Pennsylvania Dutch.