Dear Bitches, Smart Authors Podcast

35. Books as Gifts

In this episode, Sarah and Jane talk about books as gifts! We've crafted a mini book gift guide for different folks, talking about books we've given as gifts in the past. We've got suggestions if you're looking to give someone a book, and surprise! our recommendations are not just romance!

Here are some of the books we talk about in this episode:

 

JK Rowling: The Casual Vacancy The Power of Habit Generation Kill Generation Kill DVD series - HBO DVD

You Know When the Men are Gone - Siobhan Fallon American Sniper Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Wonder - RJ Palacio

The Iron Duke Riveted The Year of the Dog The Year of the Rat

Julie of the Wolves - Jean Craighead George Julie's Wolf Pack - Jean Craighead George My Weird School Daze Captain Underpants - and the Terrifying Return of the Tippy Tinkletrousers

Ook and Gluk The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute Punk Farm

Herbivoracious How to Cook Everything How to Cook Everything vegetarian Don't Panic, Dinner's in the Freezer

Cooking for Geeks Stiff - the curious lives of human cadavers Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife Packing for Mars

Bonk - The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex Stories I Only Tell my Friends - Rob Lowe Top of the Rock - Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV

Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal His Lordship's Mistress

 

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  1. 1
    LG says:

    This is the first of these podcasts I’ve listened to – I ended up sending a couple purchase requests to our Acquisitions Librarian based on what I heard.

    I found the Newbery Medal comments interesting, because I have a tendency to actively avoid books that have won a Newbery. I’ve read some and enjoyed them, and I’ve read others and considered them boring, so it’s not like I’ve found all Newbery winners to be a slog. I think I have a general aversion to award winning books, especially award winning children’s books, probably because those were the books teachers forced me to read while growing up, and I hated being told I HAD to read something. I’ve always been an avid reader, but dealing with assigned reading was the closest I ever came to hating reading.

    As far as giving books as gifts goes, I can think of a few times I’ve given books as gifts for birthdays, but I don’t think I’ve ever given books as holiday presents. My parents are both big readers, so I’d have no idea what they’ve already read and what they haven’t. I have yet to figure out a pattern to the books my sister enjoys. Mostly, if I give out book-related gifts, it’s gift certificates. My dad gets a B&N certificate, and my mom practically begs me for ARe Ebook Bucks.

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    Heather says:

    I know I’ve given books as gifts in the past, but the only one I specifically recall was giving a copy of “Just Kids” by Patti Smith to a friend of mine I knew would LOVE it. And she did. :) I’ve had a bit of an obsession with Robert Mapplethorpe since I learned about his scandalous artwork in a college art class and read Patricia Morrisroe’s *excellent* biography “Mapplethorpe”. “Just Kids” was an amazingly beautiful book and I loved every word of it.

    This Christmas I’m going to give my older brother a copy of “O, Lost!”, the original manuscript for his favorite book, “Look Homeward, Angel”. Most of my family aren’t huge readers, so I generally know what they’ve read and don’t run the risk of giving them something they already have. I’m the bookish anomaly in my family.

  3. 3
    CutMyTeethOnKleypas says:

    I loved reading Generation Kill!  (And YES, A-Skars is hot in the show as well.  Along with many of the other Marines…)  >.>

  4. 4
    starropal says:

    One of the things I like to do for people who have a favorite book/set of books, or are readers that I don’t want to accidentally end up getting them a book thinking I’m giving it to them before they’ve gotten it, but they did, is (have I hit run-on sentence yet?) get them a really nice copy of that book. My sister in-law LOVED Twilight and wanted them in hardback, but didn’t feel right about rebuying them so I got her a beautiful set and she loved it. Or if I find a copy with a different cover that a person who collects release versions of the same book.

    I had one friend who had so many books she liked to sort them by spine color so she could decorate with them and found covers that corresponded to that.

    The Rob Lowe book sounds kinda like Bruce Campbell’s If Chins Could Kill which is my favorite “bathroom book” (at the time it was my take to work book), and is the one I give to people who I think might enjoy that kind of book.

    I might have to get Cooking for Geeks for my brother, sounds like something he might like. So thanks!

  5. 5
    LJmysticowl says:

    I think I might have to look into some of these cooking books.

    I’d recommend Eleanor Hermann’s “Sex with…” books as gifts. Ok, labelling them “sex with…” makes them sound like something pornier than they are. “Sex With Kings” and “Sex With the Queen” cover about 500 years of European history (late medieval to early 20th century) and are a series of mini-biographies of royal lovers and mistresses. She writes with a lot of humour and it’s basically like reading really good gossip.

  6. 6
    Karin says:

    I love picking just the right book that I know the giftee will love. I’ve gotten some great suggestions for YA novels from here, so thanks a lot!

  7. 7

    Thanks for the recs!
    I think I’m going to try to find Generation Kill for my dad, he’s a big war buff so he likes that kind of book/movie.

    Top of the Rock and Stories I only Tell my friends look good too, I got a friend who loves those kinds of books.

    I only have a recommendation to add when it comes to kids books – particularly for really young kids that are just learning to read – a couple of books called Lost and Found, and Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers. They are absolutely adorable. The first one tells the story about who a boy and a penguin become best friends, and the second of the first time they fight and how they make up. It’s really cute.

  8. 8

    Thanks for the recs!
    I think I’m going to try to find Generation Kill for my dad, he’s a big war buff so he likes that kind of book/movie.

    Top of the Rock and Stories I only Tell my friends look good too, I got a friend who loves those kinds of books.

    I only have a recommendation to add when it comes to kids books – particularly for really young kids that are just learning to read – a couple of books called Lost and Found, and Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers. They are absolutely adorable. The first one tells the story about who a boy and a penguin become best friends, and the second of the first time they fight and how they make up. It’s really cute.

  9. 9

    Thanks for the recs!
    I think I’m going to try to find Generation Kill for my dad, he’s a big war buff so he likes that kind of book/movie.

    Top of the Rock and Stories I only Tell my friends look good too, I got a friend who loves those kinds of books.

    I only have a recommendation to add when it comes to kids books – particularly for really young kids that are just learning to read – a couple of books called Lost and Found, and Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers. They are absolutely adorable. The first one tells the story about who a boy and a penguin become best friends, and the second of the first time they fight and how they make up. It’s really cute.

  10. 10
    Edward Bison says:

    If you are looking to give a book to a bloke then look no further than Mr Bison’s Journal It is a hilarious collection of short stories and observations. A laugh out loud read

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