Gifting Second-Hand Books for the Holidays

One of my favorite things to do is look for books at thrift stores. It’s a bit compulsive; I start to wonder if I’m missing out on great finds if I miss a week. The majority of books I buy are used. It’s comforting to take home a used book. Perhaps it was misunderstood by the previous owner who didn’t recognize its beauty. Or perhaps the previous owner did love it but had to donate it because of a move. Either way, there is solace in giving a new home to an old book. That is the point of books, they are whole worlds that live on despite the author, publisher, owner, and reader.

This year I started thrifting before Thanksgiving. I scored some great finds for my friends’ gifts. The holidays are about spending time with people you love and respect. Giving gifts is super fun but sometimes unintentionally induces stress over what to buy and how much to spend. Giving a clean, used book is a great present that costs less than a well drink.

I just wanted to share some great reads with the people who make my life better.

Holiday books

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The gothic novel is not dead: Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind

There’s a lot of great literature out there, but the books that make you stay up late at night, the ones that make you ignore your phone, the ones that make you late to meet friends are few and far between. Continue reading →

Two friends ride the ferry to see two authors

A few months ago my good friend Ginny told me that Carlos Ruiz Zafon would be in conversation with Isabel Allende. This momentous event was happening at the Book Passage in Corte Madera.  I couldn’t wait, I marked it in my calendar and waited.

Finally, the day arrived. Ginny and I had cocktails on the ferry.

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sometimes you can judge a book by its cover

Yes, it’s true. Some books are prettier than others. Some books draw you in by their superficial beauty – their covers. The following are all books I picked up based on their design. I didn’t know anything about them before I saw them. The flirtatious covers drew me in but I was seduced by their smart plots. I took them home and immediately began reading. The most satisfying moment was when I realized I would be rereading them.

Censoring an Iranian Love Story by Shahriar Mandanipour translated from Farsi

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