Today's Booking Through Thursday prompt:
What, if any, memorable or special book have you ever gotten as a present? Birthday or otherwise. What made it so notable? The person who gave it? The book itself? The “gift aura?”
I don't remember too many books received as gifts lately. I think that most people just assume I'll buy them for myself (which is true). There was a relative of a relative who used to give me very lovely classics. They were children's classics that had gorgeous covers and illustrations. I remember getting Grimm's Fairy Tales, Black Beauty, Heidi, and a couple of others that escape my memory at the moment. I loved having them on my shelf because they were so pretty. I'm not sure where they are but I know they are around. They could still be at my parent's house.
Another that comes to mind is a book called The Genuine, Ingenious, Thrift Shop Genie, Clarissa Mae Bean and Me by Beverly Keller. I haven't read it in years but it was given to me by my Girl Scout leader for Christmas a long time ago. I always felt that book was special for some reason and even though there are some negative feelings along with the giver, I still have warm fuzzies about the book. I've been thinking about it a lot lately. I definitely need to find it too.
Books are wonderful gifts, and should be given more often.