Weekly Geeks 45

A whole bunch of questions for this week's Geekiness.

Do you have a book wish list for the holidays? (Or is that one of those 'duh' questions?) If so, what's on it?

I have an amazon wish list. I've got all sorts of stuff on it besides books. The books are frequently things that my library doesn't have (like graphic novels) or that are really more expensive than i'd really want to pay out of pocket myself. A sampling: Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention by Stanislas Dehaene, Impossible by Nancy Werlin, Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, Dark Tower: Treachery by Peter David and Robin Furth, Undercover Philospher by Micheal Phillips, and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks.

Are you very specific when someone asks what you want for a gift? Or do you throw caution to the wind and say, "Oh any book you choose...." Or do you prefer a bookstore gift card?

I am not normally specific when people ask me what i want. I love gift cards so i know i've asked for cards from amazon and target before. I don't normally get specific books and if someone asked me what book i wanted right now, i'd probably only be able to say a couple of graphic novels.

Do you buy books for people on your gift list? Do you choose books for them that you like and try to influence their reading (or hope they'll loan it to you when they're done)? Or do you get specific titles from your giftee?

I don't know that i ever ask for a specific list that people want. I do get books for the ones i think will enjoy them. I used to buy a few books for R but they were always non-fiction, like beer brewing, cooking or biology. I get books for my niece Shelby (5) and nephew Sam (3) for their birthdays and Christmas every year. This year i also got books for my mom, my sister and B. hope they all like them. I don't want to read the ones i got for my mom and sister but if B wants to let me borrow his i won't mind!

Where do you buy your book gifts? Do you shop at local independent bookstores, or the "big box" stores? or do you shop online?

This year i bought a couple things online off amazon, when i needed to get a couple of specific things. Otherwise, all the books i've bought for Christmas for people came from McKay's.


  1. I don't think I've asked anyone for specific titles when I buy them books either. My post is here.

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  3. I keep an Amazon wishlist. It is one of the easiest things to point to when people ask you what you want for Christmas, birthday, etc. I too use it for other things than books, but recently I pared it waaay down to just things I would really want NOW. I use the 'shopping list' feature to save a list of items that interest me enough that I want to remember them but don't necessarily want someone to rush out and buy them for me.

    I only have a few friends that I feel I can just follow my whims when buying books for them. Generally I prefer to know someone really wants something and will read it vs. giving them something *I* want them to read.

  4. Carl- I've never used the shopping list feature, that may be something i take a look at.


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