Books for gift recommendations?

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Registered: 10-28-2005
Books for gift recommendations?
Tue, 12-15-2009 - 11:41am

Okay, I could use some ideas, ladies!! Are you giving any books to grown-ups this year? And good recommendations if you don't really know what they like to read?

I found out recently that a lot of money doesn't get spent with gift cards!! So, I'd rather give them a book (even if they have to return it.)


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Registered: 06-13-2008
Tue, 12-15-2009 - 6:03pm

I still have a few promising reads on my TBR stack that I may get to before the end of the year but here is my Top 10 in no particular order.

1. The Book Of Negroes (Someone Knows My Name USA editon) by Lawrence Hill

2. The Day The Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan

3. Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet by Jamie Ford

4. The Weight Of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

7. Mudbound by Hilary Jordan

8. Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

9. Dragon House by John Shors

10. Still Alice by Lisa Genoa

I'm not a big fan of short stories but I did really like Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.

Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett is coming out it the spring as a mini series so if you have someone who might like to read it first, it's one of my favorite "big" books which makes a


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Wed, 12-16-2009 - 7:27am

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Wed, 12-16-2009 - 8:24am

Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet was really good.

I personally love getting books for gifts. I'd rather have them buy me a book than buy me a gift card to buy a book if that makes sense.

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Registered: 10-28-2005
Wed, 12-16-2009 - 9:51am

That sounds interesting! I'm glad to hear you feel that way about GCs too!!


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Registered: 09-03-2005
Sat, 12-19-2009 - 5:56am
I usually only buy books for a couple of family members b/c I know which authors they like.

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