It’s the middle of Channukah, Christmas is soon….so, today….books to give and get
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What are you reading? is crossposted to dailykos
What books do you want?
What sorts of books do you give?
How do you decide what to give to whom?
My thoughts here, tell me yours in comments
I keep a list of favorite authors, and my wife can use it to buy me hardcovers, since I always wait for paperbacks. I also have a list of specific books.
My author list:
James Patrick Kelly
Carolyn Ives Gilman
Iain M Banks
Stuart Kaminsky (only the Rostnikov novels)
Robert K Tannebaum
and my Wish List, from BookMooch
Gregory Feist: The psychology of science and the origins of the scientific mind
Nancy Goldstone: Four Queens: The Provencal sisters who ruled Europe
Douglas Hofstadter: I am a strange loop
Sarah Igo: The averaged American
Steven Johnson: The ghost map
Charles C. Mann: 1491: New revelations of the Americas before Columbus
Ian McDonald: River of Gods
Karl Polanyi: The great transformation
Alfred Possamentier: The fabulous Fibonacci numbers
Simon Singh: Fermat’s last theorem
Carol Tavris: Mistakes were made (but not by me)
Jack Vance: Araminta station
Compleat dying Earth
John Varley: The John Varley reader
Bruce Wexler: Brain and culture: Neurobiology, ideology, and social change
David Yearsley: Bach and the meanings of counterpoint
Howard Zinn: People’s history of the United States
as to giving – I don’t give books to my wife because….she prefers earrings. 🙂
but I’ve given lots of books in all kinds of areas – to my parents, to my nephews, to my sister. For my older nephew’s law school graduation, I got him a big gift – the complete Aubrey Maturin series, by Patrick O’Brian. Usually, the gifts are much smaller. I don’t know how I pick….I just browse around Barnes and Noble, picking what looks good
How about you?