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Booking Through Thursday - Friendship

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Suggested by Marsha:

Buy a Friend a Book Week is October 1-7 (as well as the first weeks of January, April, and July). During this week, you’re encouraged to buy a friend a book for no good reason. Not for their birthday, not because it’s a holiday, not to cheer them up–just because it’s a book.

What book would you choose to give to a friend and why?

On the one hand, it depends on the friend.  I would choose a book that I liked, which I thought they would also like.  Some might like a classic, like Pride and Prejudice or Grapes of Wrath.  Others might like something light, like one of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels.

On the other hand, sometimes you enjoy a book so much that you feel like you simply must foist it on someone immediately.  I did just that with Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader.  I loved it (read my review here), and I knew instantly that my friend Claudia would enjoy it as much as I had.  I wasn't willing to wait for Buy a Friend a Book Week !!


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Sep. 27th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
sometimes you enjoy a book so much that you feel like you simply must foist it on someone immediately

that's it exactly! Part of it is you want someone else to talk about it with, but part of it is that you need someone else to love it as much as you did.
great answer
Sep. 27th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
Suite Francaise and The Book Thief were two books that I felt the need to "foist" on a friend. And who could blame me? =)
Sep. 28th, 2007 08:27 am (UTC)
Wonderful and it fits in perfectly with a web friend who is keen to read 'Those Who Tresapass Against Us' but can't get it reasonably in Denmark so I'm going to send it to her!! I do agree with Jill about the Book Thief as well. I left it in France for three lots of friends to read and pass onto each other!
Thanks for letting us know about this.
Sep. 28th, 2007 09:50 am (UTC)
Classics are always great choices. I give out those to youngsters.

Sep. 28th, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC)
Raidergirl, Mrstreme, and Juliette ... thank you for your wonderful comments! I'm glad this post struck a chord with you, too!
Sep. 29th, 2007 08:49 am (UTC)
Thank you for letting us know about this. My friend has just arrived for the week end, without even knowing about this 'Buy a friend a book week' with a book that she tells me is indescribable - there are so many themes. It is a gently meandering book that is quite arresting in its magery .... apparently... so she says .... Oops nearly forgot title The Chess Garden by Brooks Hansen. (No LT reviews yet)
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