So, it’s my birthday today. (Please, no applause.) But it’s inspiring today’s question–
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 only sister and I have birthdays that are just three weeks apart. For many years, we've done birthday presents as an event, getting the same thing for each other. For example, one year we saw a play together about Motherhood, each buying the other the ticket. We've shopped for clothes together, buying the same sweatshirt or exercise gear. Basically what happens is we go shopping and if I see something I like, she offers to buy it, but since she really likes it too, I buy it for her, maybe in a different color. On our Mediterranean cruise, we bought each other hand made flip flops on Capri. We picked the same color and style. As an aside, they are my favorite sandals, and if they wear out, I will have to go back to Capri to get another pair.
The best part of our tradition is that it can happen at any time we are out shopping together. Did we get birthday presents this year? Not yet? Here you go, Happy Birthday, I want mine in blue.
One year, we decided to buy books for each other. We planned to get four books in total, and we went to the bookstore together and picked out books, blind from the shelf. It took us a long time, which ended up being an event in itself. I can't remember all the books, but I know Memoirs of Geisha and Clan of the Cave Bear were two of the books.
For Christmas last year, we gave each other Ken Jennings' Brainiac. I laughed when I opened it, knowing I had given her the same book.