Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I'm dreamin' of a... Book Christmas!

Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high
Take a look, it's in a book - Reading Rainbow.

I can go anywhere!
Friends to know and ways to grow - Reading Rainbow.

I can be anything!
Take a look, it's in a book - Reading Rainbow.

Sorry, I just wanted to start off with a song.

So my friend sallysue linked to some good articles in a recent blog post about BOOKS. I thought the ideas in the articles were right on the money and wanted to quote a little from two of them:

This one was called The Christmas Book Challenge:

"So, let's challenge ourselves to give books. This Christmas, buying gifts for your children's friends? Let your kids choose books for those gifts. For neighbors, friends, teachers, family: give books. You can find $3 books in bookstores (mass market paperbacks or early reader books), or go all the way up to a $30 hardcover for nicer gifts. There are so many to choose from. Let's make it a literary holiday. Get books into people's hands! Flood the earth with stories!"

And the other article talked about how the economic crisis is seriously affecting the publishing of books:

"For anyone who cares about the book publishing industry and wants to do their part, there's one simple action step:

Buy a book this weekend.

Just buy one.

Buy your sister a book instead of a sweater for her birthday; buy your friend who can't even make toast or boil water a beginner's cookbook; buy your company's receptionist a novel you liked because most people probably ignore him/her... and you'll make his/her day.

Buy your holiday gifts now. Instead of a CD for your brother, buy him a book on his favorite recording artist.
Instead of going to the library this one week buy the book you were going to read--it might only be a difference of a couple of bucks in the end.

One day this week, make a peanut butter sandwich, skip going out for lunch, and buy a paperback....

...Got a non-reading friend with a birthday? Buy them a book and tell them it's high time they got over it. Or, more kindly, that you're doing it to sponsor your own future writing career. Or blame me if you must; I can take it.

It doesn't matter what. It doesn't have to be a literary fiction hardcover. It could be a $5.99 mass market nutrition guide, a $4.99 young reader chapter book, a Harlequin romance.

Your money will still prevent returns of other books--literary fiction is usually the first to go--and will trickle down to the publishing companies, who will then be more likely to be able to afford to publish unprofitable literary fiction. Even if it's not by your favorite author or your favorite publishing house, your favorites will be indirectly affected."

I think these are some good ideas! Maybe I will try them out...


mptanner said...

those are some good ideas. I don't often think of books too quickly when I think about gifts for others, but I know that my kids just love!! the book store!

sallysue said...

I feel honored!
I have two (and one on the way) for Christmas. I got the husband a book (The Diary of A Wimpy Kid) and now I thinking about the wife-y. She liked Twilight, so I can always go for the Host, but I'm thinking more Goose Girl, though if I get her the Host, I can read it (to make sure it's appropriate) before I give it to her.... hmm.... I know I'll be doing that with the Wimpy Kid one.
See, with these gifts we can try them out before we give them, too, so it's like we are getting something.... There's nothing wrong with that, right?

merrilykaroly said...

sallysue-- I really enjoyed the Host. I thought it was a good book!

And I have been known to read a book before giving it as a gift (just to make sure!!)-- one time I read a whole Jack Handey (Deep Thoughts) book before giving it just in case! :)

Linda said...

Did you finish reading "David Copperfield"?

Erica said...

I'm so on the ball -- I spent $100+ at Border's for gifts last week. Yay, books!

NoSurfGirl said...

As a book addict, I feel very happy to be given an excuse to buy them :)

a note on the harlequin romances... only buy them if they're published pre-1974. After that, they get a little racy.


Jen said...

I'm with you on this one 100%.

BTW- Does Leah get a new book for her bday? We plan on celebrating her birthday with family and friends when we get out to Utah in January. FYI. She is reading really well in class at school. There are 3 reading groups in the class and she is in the top tier reading. She is loving it, but when she gets home with me she wants me to do all the reading. Silly goose! We love books here. :)