My 3 favorite books about books for gifting
I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

For your small format, small-price option: my own work is a beautifully presented essay collection that was formatted with gift-giving in mind. This book is for those for whom reading isn't just a hobby or a way to pass the time—it's a lifestyle. By turns wistful, funny, inspiring, and entertaining, I wax poetic on the magic of the library next door, bookworm problems, the books that made me fall in love with reading, and an "instructive" piece on how to organize your bookshelves that would fit right in at McSweeney's. You can also order signed and/or personalized copies through Carmichael's Bookstore: order online or call them at 502-896-6950. Just tell them you’d like a signed copy, or put “signed copy” in the order comments, along with the name you’d like it inscribed to, and any other personal message you’d like. More info →
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Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany

Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany

For a lovely medium-sized coffee table book: I love Jane Mount's work and her well-known coffee table book My Ideal Bookshelf. Her latest collection is smart, fun, and whimsical, and would make a wonderful gift for the book lovers in your life. (Jane interviewed me for this book, and my picks appear on page 153.) More info →
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1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List

Now for your LARGE option: this fun doorstop of a collection (and I say "doorstop" with affection) includes titles I expected (all six Austen novels) and titles I didn't (Make Way for Ducklings, Into Thin Air, The Hunt for Red October). The book includes numerous shorter reading lists, thorough indexes, and a checklist so you can see how many on the list you have read. (My current total is 168.) I chatted with Mustich on a special New Year's episode of What Should I Read Next?. More info →
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