Follow friday is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.(!) (I wanted to put an exclamation point there for some reason, but I thought it would sound too preppy.)
Q: We always talk about books WE want. Let's turn it on its head. What books have you give other people lately?
Oh, goodness. I tend to buy or keep books for myself. (That is, when I'm not borrowing them from the library.) I don't often give other people books unless I've read them myself and didn't like them, or if I've somehow garnered enough self-control (goodness forbid!) to give away a book I haven't read yet.
I did give my mother a copy of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente. I've never read it before; but I've been dying to read it. I don't want to read her copy, because that makes it seem like I bought the book for her just so I can read it. But it's really tempting. I mean, look at that title!
I gave my friend a copy of After by Amy Efaw. I'd read it and was kind of iffed about the ending (can't remember why). And I gave my other friend a copy of a series called Wolves of the Beyond (Kathryn Lasky). Haven't read that book.
So, really, I can't stand giving away books I've read because it feels icky. I keep thinking the book feels somehow betrayed that I've just given it away. (I think of books like most people think of babies. Quite literally, apparently, reading over that last sentence.) Giving away books I've never read -- and therefore, never bonded with, in either a good or bad way -- is a bit easier.
Gah! Listen to me, going on about
Have a blessed Friday! =D