This Christmas I’ve bought majority of my friends books as presents. I don’t normally do this for a number of reasons mainly because my friends don’t read much and they don’t know where to start. But something has come over me this year and I just can’t stay out of bookstores. It’s obviously very easy to buy books for yourself, to buy anything for yourself really. But I find that buying a book for someone else has a lot of sentimental value. It’s an acknowledgement of understanding. It shows that you know your friend. This year I really wanted to open my friends up to interesting concepts shown on paper, written with a marvellous and in-depth narrative.
Don’t get me wrong it can be challenging to find the perfect book for the people that mean the most to you. But I think it’s a true testament of friendship to buy someone a book. It means that you’ve listened to what they’ve talked about, what they’re interested in and you’ve managed to manifest those interests into a written form. For example, one of my closest friends has recently fallen down the rabbit hole when it comes to conspiracy theories. She’s obsessed, so much so that whenever I see her she has a new theory to discuss. So for her present I got her Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies for The Future So she can delve into his mysterious predictions and learn a little about history and Nostradamus himself as well. I’ve already had a peek at it and it’s spooky stuff for sure!
But nevertheless it can be really difficult to find books for people. So here are a few tips and tricks that I’ve learnt in this festive time of year.
- As stated before, listen to your friends and what they talk about because I can guarantee that there is a book out there somewhere tailored for them.
- Don’t just look at fiction. When I first started my quest for presents I constantly found myself staring blankly at the mass of books that make up the fiction wall with a confused and definitely overwhelmed expression on my face. But I realised that maybe my friends don’t want to read fictional novels. Maybe they want an autobiography or a book of prophecies. It doesn’t have to be just fiction.
- Any small detail can be turned into a present. For example, another one of my closest friends is travelling around Europe next year and she’s so excited to visit France. She’s already started learning French. So I turned that minor detail into a book. So when she reaches for my present under the tree she’ll get Madame Bovary by the French author Gustave Flaubert. This novel was Flaubert’s debut novel and is actually a pretty interesting read. Although I would recommend not to watch the movie…
- A lot of books are being made into movies so get your nearest and dearest reading before they see the movie! My friends and I are always at the movies and a current trend in cinema seems to be adaptions. So if your friend or family member likes the look of that trailer buy them the book before they can see it in the cinemas. We’re about to hit a great period in cinema, it’s almost Oscar season therefore all the awesome films will be hitting a cinema near you. This year alone we’ve seen many books play out on the big screen. From Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to The Girl on the Train. And not the mention the numerous ones coming out soon like Martin Scorsese’s adaption of Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence. There’s a lot coming out soon so get researching before the plot is revealed!
So there you have it. Those are just a few of the tips and tricks I’ve learnt this gift-giving season. Hopefully you can find a great book for your loved ones before the man in red visits you!