On Saturday, I was looking for some ideas for books to engage my 10 year old twins, who have not yet developed a “bug” for reading. From various friends on Twitter, I received several recommendations. (Thanks go to @AnnKingman, @TooFondOfBooks, @jennsbookshelf, @AaronsBooks, @Irisheyz77). Armed with their recommendations I trudged off this afternoon to my local independent bookstore, The Jabberwocky, in Newburyport, MA.
Once at the Jabberwocky, I was greeted by a very friendly person, who helped me pick books for most of my family. The experience was one that gave me more Christmas spirit than any online or other shopping experience has thus far this year!
It occurred to me as I returned to the office, that I’ve probably read at least 10 best of 2009 lists in the past month. I don’t think any of the selections I made today are on any of those lists. In the spirit of the Holiday, I thought, hmmm, maybe what we actually give as gifts is a different type of list to create!
Since I’m fairly secure in the notion that none of my kids will read this blog, I’ll list my choices below. I hope that all of you who read this will comment and add your own choices for the benefit of everyone else with last minute shopping to do.
Happy Holidays! and Merry Christmas! from all your friends at Firebrand and NetGalley. fpt
For my 20 year old, son (who loves history): Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe by Laurence Bergreen
For my 18 year old, son (who is studying economics): Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
For my 16 year old, daughter: The Garden of the Last Days by Andre Dubus III (couldn’t resist, saw him in the gym on Saturday)