Guidelines On Giving A Book As A Gift - How To Choose The Right One
I love to read and whenever I have the opportunity to give a book as a gift - whether it be for a birthday, or Christmas, or just because - I seize it and hope that my gift is truly appreciated.
It is hard to know if it is though, because not many people like to read these days. Most of the people I know prefer to get something safe to gift, or, if they do choose a book, they will simply pick a bestseller. I can't think like that because I know what a treasure books can be and I also know that getting people to love books can be tough but it can be done.
Choosing The Right Book
The first thing you must think about when purchasing a book as a gift is its suitability. You cannot simply select a book as a gift because it is on the bestseller list or because someone else recommended it. It is one thing to buy a book for yourself based on someone else's recommendation but to buy a book for someone else without knowing what the book is about yourself is the first mistake that many people make when they choose to give a book.
The ideal thing would be that the book you choose to give is one which you yourself have read. What better way to ensure that a book is suitable? Personally, I have never given a book to someone else to read before reading it myself. I like to make sure that the information in the book, whether fact or fiction, is a good representation of me. Remember that a gift reflects the giver and that is why it is important that the gift you give (books or otherwise) coincide with you you are and who the receiver of the gift is. Reading the book before you give it is a fool-proof way of making certain that you are giving a well-written, quality-filled book but unless you are an avid reader, it can be time consuming.
So what should you do if you really want to give a book as a gift?
Entering a bookstore and trying to search for the perfect book can be a daunting task unless you have some guidelines to start with.
The first bit of information that you can arm yourself with is the likes and dislikes of the person you intend to give the book to.
Ask yourself -
- What topics are they interested in?
- Do they like Fiction?
- Do they like Non-Fiction?
- What type of Genre intrigues them most? Is it romance, religious, historical, biographical, western etc.?
- Do they like to read?
- How developed is their vocabulary? (This is a very important question because giving someone a book that contains a lot of vocabulary that they are unfamiliar with will certainly cause them to be bored with it an fast. A person must understand what they are reading in order to enjoy it.)
There are some people who love to read all manner of books. These are the easiest type of people to buy books for because you know that once you choose something that is good, chances are, they will enjoy it.
There are other people who like to read specific genres. Some like fiction alone while others like non-fiction and strictly stay away from anything that isn't true. There are those who, though they read non-fiction, stay strictly in the self-help zone and refuse to read biographies at all and of course, those who love fiction but prefer Westerns, or Historicals, or Science Fiction.
And what about those who do not like to read at all? You may think to yourself why on earth would you give someone a gift of a book if they do not like to read? Well to encourage them of course! There are many teenagers and young children who do not have a love for reading because of all the modern distractions that exist today. Reading is an important part of education and though they may not like to read, if you have the guts to give a book to a non-reader, your challenge is finding a book that they will not be able to resist and which they cannot put down once they have started reading it. It can be done too! Simply think of their interests and then find a book written in the way that will draw them in and perhaps, through giving them a book that intrigued them, you will have set them off on the lovely journey that is book reading.
The second bit of information you can arm yourself with is a list of popular books and some reviews on them.
This list and the reviews to go with them will be used to guide you around the bookstore.Generally, in bookstores, books that are alike in genre are placed near to each other. Looking for certain titles that you think may be suitable will lead you to others that are nearby that you possibly had no knowledge of before or that you forgot about.
The reviews of others and their recommendation can help you to figure out if the book is well- liked but upon finding the book it is your job to read the back of the book or the dust jacket and possibly browse through it to ensure that you agree with what the reviewer of the book has said.
Often I have read reviews about books that have said a book was terrible and when I read it I enjoyed it very much. I have also read reviews about books that say they are wonderful and, to me, they were terrible.
Just because a book is a bestseller does not mean it is a great book.
There are many people who buy bestsellers because "everybody else" bought it and it just sits on their coffee table until it loses its popularity.Therefore reviews can be used but need to be tempered with your opinion.
Reviews do tell you a bit about what is inside of a book and reveal things that you may not find on the covers of them. Sometimes a review can cause you to be aware that there is use of foul language in a book or that there is some sort of content that is disturbing to you. Remember that the book you give is a reflection of yourself as well and if you do not feel comfortable with the content of the book then it would be wise to forget about giving it.
Finally, do not be afraid to branch out and try something new. Just because you know that a person favors books about cooking does not mean you have to stick to cooking. Books are like clothes; very often there are outfits out there that are perfect for people and they never try them on because they did not think of them in the first place. Perhaps the person also loves traveling and wishes to see the world but does not read books about places far and wide. Introducing them to such a book just might cause them to rejoice. Think about a person's interests concerning life and you will be able to find a book on almost any topic.
Books are great gifts to give because not only to they edify and educate but they also relax and refresh. They delight and they take you to places you have never been before or to places that you have been to but wish to visit again. They stretch your imagination and help you to dream. I can't see anything wrong in gifting a book. Did I mention that they are extremely easy to wrap?