About four weeks before Christmas this past year, my husband looks at me and says, “You need to add more items to your wishlist.”

“What do you mean?” I said. “I have several items on there.”

“No, you have books and puzzles on there.”

“Right.”

“I’m not buying you books and puzzles for Christmas.”

You know that bug-eyed emoji? I’m certain I could have been a model for him in that moment. I gathered as many of my wits as I could and simply replied, “I don’t understand.”

"I'm not buying you books and puzzles for Christmas."

No Books for Christmas

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

~Jane Austen

Not buy me books? Or puzzles? What on earth made him think that it was a good idea to not buy me the two things I most like in this world. On my favorite holiday of the year.

I remember thinking about the Christmas tree, imagining no books or puzzles gracing the skirt underneath. At least, not for me. Of course, I already had books for our daughter there, as well as puzzles for two of our children.

Thankfully, he clarified. He wasn’t buying me only books and puzzles for Christmas.  Okay, whew! I could breathe again.

But adding items to my wishlist that didn’t include books or puzzles . . . Well, let’s just say a lot of the new items were fan items from one of my favorite book series.

INTERNATIONAL BOOK GIVING DAY

Thankfully, the next holiday of the year (coming this Thursday!!) is a book lover’s dream: International Book Giving Day. What could be more delightful?

Oh, sure, most of you know it as Valentine’s Day, but to a book lover, that’s about the same thing.

to a book lover, that’s about the same thing

The History Behind International Book Giving Day

If you want to get technical, the holiday started in 2012 as a volunteer initiative to give books to children. Underprivileged children, most specifically.

I’m guessing that if you read my posts regularly, you see value in books and have little problem with buying them for kids. I regularly visit my favorite used bookstore and purchase a few off the shelves for the little ones in my life.

But why stop there? Why not spread the book love among the older kids, the teens, and the adults in your life?

Don’t have the budget to purchase any for others? Or you don’t know what they might like or have already read? Easy! Love and encourage the authors in your life by leaving a one or two-sentence review on the books you’ve read. Or share on social media what you’re reading and enjoying. Or ask your local library to purchase books by your favorite authors!

FINAL THOUGHTS

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.

~C.S. Lewis

Yes, Thursday is Valentine’s Day, but if you love books or have a book lover in your life, you’ll also want to remember it’s International Book Giving Day. Possibly the second most wonderful day of the year (after Christmas, of course).

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