16 December, 2011

The Perfect Christmas Gift

What could be a better gift than a book? Think about it.  A book provides hours of entertainment, it's practical, potentially educational, and it's something everyone can enjoy in one form or another – audible if necessary.

Amazon loves me.  And I love Amazon (since all the indies around here have closed).  I spent hours perusing options for each giftee, reading reviews, matching books to personalities.  Should I get my  sister-in-law a mystery or a cookbook?  Would my brother prefer the new Grisham or a historical best seller?  It's not easy to decide; in fact, I usually end up buying more than one for each.  And, to be perfectly honest, I know that eventually the books will be sent on for me to read – we have our own family lending library.

Picture Christmas morning at my house: breakfast eaten, presents opened, roast beef in the oven, and every one - from youngest to oldest - curled up with a mug of coffee/tea/cocoa and a new book.  Except Clue - she's chewing on a new rawhide bone. Peace and silence reign.

Here's this year's shopping list (recipient's name deleted to preserve the surprise):

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen
  • Murder, She Wrote: The Fine Art of Murder by Donald Bain
  • Bitter Harvest by Sheila Connolly
  • Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen
  • Treason at Lisson Grove by Anne Perry
  • Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Salisbury & Sujo
  • Ghost Hero by S.J. Rozan
  • Pot Pies: Forty Savory Suppers by Beatrice A. Ojakangas
  • Killer Listing by Vicki Doudera
  • The Litigators by John  Grisham
  • The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories by Don DeLillo
  • The Magician King by  Lev Grossman
  • The Telling by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Can't wait to see what Santa brings me!   What books are on your list this year?