Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Feels like Winning the Lottery!

I'm a card-carrying book addict, so naturally when my mom asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I replied with only two words.

A book.

Giving a book as a present to someone who loves books can be very tricky, especially if that person has piles and piles of books in their possession. I have friends and family who love to read so it's always a problem for me to buy a book for them during birthdays and Christmas. I'm always wondering if they'll like the book; if they read the book, or if they already have it in their collection.

With my birthday coming up, I gave my mom a list of some books that I would like to have. I chose about four books from my overwhelming wish list. The four books were all classics since I wanted to expand my classic book collection after I finished the Classics Challenge 2009. I told her to choose one book from any of the four, and that way I can be at least surprised when I get my birthday present.

Want to see what I got?



I got all four! Needless to say, I was shocked and very pleased. I expected one or maybe two books, but she bought four instead! Then my mom apologized (Apologized!) that she didn't give me a hardback book. She wanted it special since it was my birthday. I assured her that wasn't necessary. I was very happy with what I got.

I love books, no matter what they look like - hardback, paperback, fat, skinny, tall, or short. I even buy used books, but I draw the line if I see some notes written on the side. I think writing notes in a novel (textbooks are okay) is a sacriledge. That's just me though since I'm anal. ;)

Before ending this post, I just want to say: Thanks, Mom. You really are the best, and I love you.

Hmmmm...now what am I going to read first?


From left to right: The Age of Innocence (Wharton), Nicholas Nickelby (Dickens), The Bostonians, and The Portrait of a Lady (Both by Henry James). In the back: my coffee mug, my clock, the base part of my lamp, and two other books I'm currently reading. I think I need a bigger nightstand.

11 comments:

  1. nice haul and Happy Birthday! We pick names for Christmas in our extended family and if they say they want a book I ask them to do an amazon wish list.

    Oh, and congratulation on being able to narrow it down to four!

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  2. Yes, it's best to actually tell people exactly what you want if they're planning to buy you books...

    On second thoughts, I just prefer to buy them myself; my present to me :)

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  3. Thanks, Book Dragon. It was a tough choice to narrow it down to four, actually. ;) Having family members make a wish list is a good idea.

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  4. Happy belated birthday. I'd have a hard time deciding which book to read as well.

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  5. Hi, Tony. I can totally relate. Ever since I was in high school, I would give myself a book as a present during birthdays or Christmas.

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  6. Hello, Helen! I absolutely had a grand time reading Portrait of a Lady. Isabel Archer is truly a memorable character.

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  7. Happy Birthday! Enjoy your books

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  8. Hi, Peter! I'm glad that you enjoyed Portrait of a Lady. You just helped me choose what I'm going to read next. I'm now reading The Age of Innocence.

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  9. Hi, Diane. Thanks. My birthday isn't until next week. I just got my present early. :D I'm reading The Age of Innocence. For some reason love triangles are interesing to read...though I wouldn't want to experience it again. Thanks to Peter, I'm going to read The Portrait of a Lady next. I'm really excited about reading these! :D

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