Saturday, December 18, 2010
Wild Card Weekend - Holidays and Books
This time of year, it’s hard to think about anything but the holidays.
Of course if you’re a dedicated writer or reader--and I’m both--it’s also hard to think, at any time of the year, about anything other than books! (Well, okay, that’s an exaggeration, but you get it.)
That’s why I decided to write about both for the Pink Heart Society. After all, they go together so well. Why? Well, this is a season for giving gifts. And what better gift is there than a book? Or three, five or a dozen of them. Or e-readers. Or all of the above.
Books are very special presents, because you can make them so personal to the person to whom you give them. Do they love romances? Give them some romance novels. Lots of them. Do they love mysteries? Cozies make great gifts. So do suspense novels or thrillers. You just need to know the preference of the person you’re gifting. You can always give them something outside their comfort zone, of course. Avid readers often like to try something different. But if you give them something way out from what they usually read, you’ll probably want to tell them that you know how different it is, and why you’ve chosen it for them.
This year, I bought a book for my husband that he’d expressed an interest in a few months ago. With luck, he’s forgotten about mentioning it. I wound up ordering it online... and added a book for myself on a topic I’m about to research. That way, he’ll have another gift to give me, too!
That’s also part of the fun of the season. You can give broad hints about what books you’d like to be given. Or ask those on your gift list what books they’d especially like to have.
So... if you want to give me a present this year, make it something I can read and you can’t go wrong. In case you didn’t figure it out, I’m partial to romance and mystery, and nonfiction I can use in my writing. But I’m always willing to try something new.
Have a wonderful holiday season--one filled with books and imagination--and an excellent New Year!
Linda O. Johnston writes the Alpha Force miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne about a secret military force of shapeshifters. Her most recent, ALASKAN WOLF, is available now. She also writes the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and the spin-off Pet Rescue Mystery series will begin in March 2011 with BEAGLEMANIA.