Words to gift by

Get the book-lover in your life something smart

Because I’m a writer, people often ask me for book ideas. The problem is, I don’t read very often. I suppose it’s an occupational hazard I picked up working as a full-time editor. After poring over copy for 10-12 hours a day, the last thing I wanted to do when I got home was read.

Nevertheless, I do enjoy a good story when I can fit it in. My favorite book of the past decade was an unexpected gift while visiting a friend during a road trip to Maine. He handed me The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, and it made the vacation even better. It’s a beautifully written layered mystery about the love of books. I’ve since passed the volume on to others as gifts, hoping to share the joy.

What I appreciate most in writing is originality. After editing so many formulaic news stories, it’s always nice to indulge in an out-of-the-ordinary format or be thrown a clever plot twist.

One of my family’s recent favorites is the graphic novel Meanwhile by Jason Shiga. Essentially, readers choose which path to follow at the end of each cell. Each choice takes you on a different journey, and there are 3,856 story possibilities. Now that’s good value!

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I consider recommending or giving a book you love to someone as a meaningful, personal gift. You’re sharing your preferences and insights and hope they will appreciate them.

If you’re not ready to bare your literary soul, here are some book-related items that are sure to keep book-lovers entertained.

What’s the best book you’ve ever read? Feel free to comment below.

This week’s picks

Jewel of a book: Want to share your favorite story with others? There’s no better way to start a book discussion than with this book locket. Choose from a variety of classic titles to keep your favorite verse close to your heart. $12.39

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Heavy reading: As your books pile up, you might need some support. This superhero bookend can save the day. A magnetic connection to a tilted inner panel makes it look like he’s carrying all the weight while flying. $25

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Save your page: This bookrest lamp solves two reader problems at once: It provides reading light and saves your page when you’re done for the night. The book doubles as a roof to turn the glowing house into a cozy cottage. $44.98

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