Discussion on “A Return to Three Pines: How the Light Gets In

  1. Chantal Gaudreau says:

    Unless I give something special like a first edition to another book lover whom I know very very well, I seldom will give books as gifts. I will more likely give a gift card from a local independant bookstore if there is one around, or from a Canadian book chain, or lastly from an international book chain. Although I will always appreciate any gift, what is above would also apply for me if I happen to be the recipient of a book. I am way too fussy in my taste of books. Really awful.

  2. Jo says:

    I give books to my nieces and their children. I love to receive books. Some favorite authors are Louise Penny, Jo Nesbo, Michael Connelly, Paul Dorion, Nell Goddin, Julia Spencer-Fleming, and J Jance (to list just a few). I have expanded to many others with many ebooks authors that I would probably not seen in local bookstore. I love the emails I get from Bookbub.

  3. Susan says:

    From the time I was a child, my father gave me a book at Christmas. My interests varied from year to year, but he always managed to get just the right book. He instilled my love of reading from early on. My dad served in WWII and shared his love of history with me. Now I am 62, and there must be a book under the tree as a reminder of my dad! They were all precious gifts and memories.

  4. laurie hernandez says:

    The challenge of finding just the right book for friends and family is such fun. Sometimes the search is based on a subject and sometimes a favorite author. How rewarding to also hear feedback from others after they have read the book. I try to buy from local bookseller so the book can be returned if I didn’t hit on the right one.

  5. Sue Moore says:

    I always give the gift of books to my grandchildren. Last Christmas I gave them the Grisham children’s series and the Hiaasan children’s series. They have always received a book (or more), a toy and some clothes. For their birthdays this year I gave them gift cards to a book store near them so they could choose their own books or games. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a Louise Penny children’s series!!

  6. Sandy Schlyer says:

    We’ve started a great tradition with a book exchange (you know, the kind you can steal a book from someone) on Christmas Eve. People are there in person and on zoom, it can get hectic, but sooo much fun! I love to see what family members choose to read!

  7. B Iverson says:

    I have no children of my own, but have 12 great nieces and nephews. The tradition I started with them is to give a pop-up book every Christmas. Our favorites are by Robert Sabuda. Beautiful books! The card attached always says “WICWAB”. The books editor for our local newspaper said that was a tradition in her family and I thought it was wonderful. If you haven’t figured it out, it stands for “What Is Christmas Without A Book”.

    • Pat Marino says:

      Sabuda did a wonderful book with Tomie dePoala called “Brava, Strega Nona!” I’m keeping it for my granddaughter. Tomie dePoala write such wonderful stories for kids of all ages. Robert Sabuda is just amazing.

  8. Mary Anne Doty says:

    I always gave a few books to my son for Christmas and birthday. We share similar interests and had lots of interesting conversation after reading them. Now he is an adult and I receive and give books to him and to his wife. I also give books to my great nieces and nephews instead of toys (which they get plenty of anyway).

  9. Alice Briggs says:

    As a retired early childhood teacher and librarian, I always give books to newborn babies and very young children. For local adults and older kids, I give a gift card to our local bookstore.

  10. Paula says:

    I’m Proud of You is my favorite book for giving. Fred Rogers is such an inspiration.

  11. Cynthia says:

    I give one baby book to newborns along with a series to start building their personal library – usually the Chronicles of Narnia.
    I put the books in a bag I make so they have a book bag for carrying library books.

  12. Eve Borshy says:

    I have always been a reader and my books are my favoured possessions. Reading to my children and then my grandson was pure delight. I have, over the years, said no to toys or games they asked for but never ever to a book. I considered the cost of a book an investment in their futures and it has paid off. My greatest pleasure now is having them recommend new authors and genres for me to enjoy.

  13. Diane says:

    I LOVE to gift books ….and…to receive them . During Covid lockdown , my ‘ Covid gifts ‘ have been things that I could find in the grocery store AND gifts chosen from within my home , specially picked for each recipient . The basket ALWAYS includes a book from my collection of favourites . Recently I gave my Granddaughter the book Pollyanna . It was my Granddaughter’s 11th birthday and the book was previously inscribed to her Great Grandma ( my Mother-in-law ) on her 11th birthday . I loved the story of that little tenacious child and her zest for living and felt it was quite appropriate for the current pandemic climate .

  14. Ann Zeigler says:

    It’s always our local indie bookstores for us. My husband and I are dedicated observers of the Icelandic Christmas custom, Jollabokafloda. We give each other books and spend Christmas Day reading. For our daughter and her husband, we hand over the box of books we have accumulated from judging various book competitions, and they can take as many books as they find interesting.

    • Althea Lewis says:

      My library, at which I volunteer, celebrated Jollabokafloda this year. We were closed to patrons, but took books out to their cars that they had put on hold along with their gift book so no one had to spend the pandemic without something to read.

  15. Martha Roberts says:

    In our family I give books for every occasion – birthdays, Easter baskets, Father’s Day, Christmas…. Over the years I know individuals favorite authors and it’s always so good to research a special interest and find a great book. Some are kept as treasures. Others are circulated with other interested readers in the family or donated to the local library sale

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