Discussion: Books for Christmas
Kel Monday, November 17, 2014 discussionI love books. (I better for all the time I devote to reading and blogging about them.) But I have mixed feelings about getting books for Christmas. More specifically, I have mixed feelings about other people buying books for the express purpose of giving them to me.
I don't know if I'm the only one who feels this way, but when someone has specifically picked a book for me and spent money on it (especially list price), I feel absolutely AWFUL if I don't like it. It's like that person just wasted $5-$20. Now, let's be honest, a good number of the books I buy turn out to be "okay" or bombs. But it's different when I wasted money on a bad book as opposed to someone else wasting money on a bad book because he/she thought I would like it. Does that make sense?
My other issue with people buying me books at Christmas is that I always fear they overpaid. I know this is a little ridiculous. If they're not worried about it, why should I be? But I am. And then I feel doubly worse if I wind up hating a book they spent $20 on when I could have wasted $2 instead. :(
The good news is, most of the friends/family who are aware of my reading
Side note: In the event I like the gifted book, none of the above is applicable. :)
What about you guys? Does anyone else have Christmas book giving/getting anxieties?