As it’s nearly Christmas, and currently Hanukkah, I got to thinking about all the books I will be getting this year. Hopefully will be getting that is!
Every year when my family asks me what I want for Christmas, I link them to my Amazon Wishlists. I have one strictly for books, and one for everything else. I figure the book one should be easy, there’s over 200 titles on it, and a mix of older books and new out this year.
And every year, when I open up my presents I find books! Only… they’re almost never books that were on my wishlist! Sometimes they’re books by an author I like and don’t actually have yet. So it’s still a yay! moment for me. But most of the time? They’re books and authors I’ve never heard of before.
I’m…not exactly sure why this happens honestly. It seems easy in theory, give list of 200-ish books, expect to get at least one book on the list or by an author on the list. And yet…
So I stick them on my TBR shelf with all the others and cross my fingers that whichever relative it was, actually is good at picking out books. That the book will end up at least a 3-star if not higher for me. Sometimes I absolutely love the book and have to get more by that author. Sometimes I can’t force myself to read past chapter 2.
And then of course, you get the dreaded “How did you like the book? I just love that book/author because…” And you have to smile and find a polite way of saying “Please, for the love of the Gods, do NOT buy me anymore books by that author!”
I seriously think sometimes that people do the whole, “Oh no! I forgot to buy so-and-so a gift! She likes books, let’s just grab this random one off the shelf!” It’s kind of like Russian Roulette. Tie a blindfold on, spin around three times, and where ever you wobble off to in the book store, the first book in that area you touch is the one you decide to buy and gift. (No, I’m not being serious… People don’t really do that, right??)
So what do you guys do with those ‘random’ seeming books? Do you read them even if you’ve never heard of it? Do you smile politely and tell the giver you loved it, while secretly trading it at your local used bookstore for a better book? Do you attempt to return it to a store and get something else? I’d love to know, I’m sure I’ll be needing the ideas again this year…