Booking Through: Presents

btt2 This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is: 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?”

My most memorable gift of books was probably a couple years ago, when my parents found the one book I really wanted, The Story of the Stone by Cao Xueqin for Christmas. That might not seem extraordinary, except that:
• The book is known by many diverse titles.
• The book is 5 volumes long — 2,480 pages.
• I wanted a particular translation, I didn’t want just any old copy.
• The novel wasn’t actually finished (at least the final version is lost, if it was finished) by the original author. There have been several different people who have claimed that their edits are the authoritative ones, but that’s hard to say. But this person is given the credit of an author for the last two volumes.
• I know it was hard for them to find — my husband and my father were working together, trawling the web to find the various volumes, but yet remain in the same edition.

I still get this feeling of happy contentment deep in my being when I think about this gift.

So, what about you? What’s your most memorable book gift?


5 responses to “Booking Through: Presents

  1. Wow! I can see how it’s so special considering how much work they put into it!

  2. What a marvelous gift!

  3. What an incredible gifts! I read the Penguin Classics (5 volumes) two years ago and then re-read the original Chinese text. It was a journey through history and Buddhist belief of incarnation and karma.

    Over the years my friends have cringed from giving me books for my birthday owing to my eclectic taste. I wish to express my desire for a bookstore gift-card but yet it sounds a bit inappropriate.

  4. That is a very special gift, and made so much more memorable knowing the work and though that went into it.

  5. Hi,

    I couldn’t find an e-mail address for you, but I wanted to let you know that you won a copy of THE MITFORD BEDSIDE COMPANION on my book give-away contest.

    Please send me an e-mail with your name and address so I can get the book to you. I need to hear from you by Sunday noon EST or I’ll have to pick another winner. My e-mail address is in my profile.

    Thanks and congratulations!


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