Melody

Booking Through ThursdayCheck Spelling

Today is Deb's birthday, and she asked this question:

What, if any, memorable or special book have you ever gotten as a present? Birthday or otherwise. What made it so notable? The person who gave it? The book itself? The “gift aura?”

I love receiving book(s) on any occasion. I think my most memorable present would be Black Beauty by Anna Sewell given by my aunt during my primary school days. What made it so special is, this is the first book I received as a birthday present. I remember she had asked me what I wanted for my birthday, so I told her I wanted a book. Just a book, it is that simple. I did not even tell her what book I want because I love reading and any book would make me very happy. I still have this book in my bookshelf, and everytime I look at it it always bring me fond memories of that day.


Side note: I invited Marsha Altman, author of The Darcys and the Bingleys to be my guest at my blog today. Click here to read more about her and her book.

21 Responses
  1. Stephanie Says:

    That is a great story! Books as presents have always meant a lot to me. And I loved Black Beauty as a child!!


  2. BooksPlease Says:

    That's what I always wanted as a child - just a book.

    You guessed correctly - that's why I called my blog - BooksPlease!


  3. Smilingsal Says:

    Black Beauty is a wonderful choice for a child's present. What a nice story. Happy Booking Through Thursday. I’m hosting a book giveaway. Check out my sidebar.

    PS I don't think I've ever mentioned it, but I absolutely LOVE your blog's look!


  4. Wow, that is great that you still have the book! Thanks for visiting my blog :)


  5. Beth F Says:

    A great story!


  6. Chris Says:

    I remember my first 'book as present' book too.


  7. Barbara H. Says:

    My son received that book from a favorite teacher. I think it is the only book he read twice of his own volition when he was old enough to read for himself. though we read many books multiple times when he was younger.


  8. Ladytink_534 Says:

    I never get books for my birthday or holidays (gift cards yes, books no- not that I'm complaining!) except once. A friend of mine bought me a book of vampire anthology stories once and I really liked it. I actually still have it somewhere and it's been years since I read it... Wonder if I would recognize any of the authors now?


  9. Matt Says:

    Over the years my friends have cringed from giving me books for my birthday owing to my eclectic taste. I wish to express my desire for a bookstore gift-card but yet it sounds a bit inappropriate.

    So...I never get many books as gifts these days. :o)


  10. Nymeth Says:

    How cool that you remember the first book you were given! I'd love to be able to remember mine, but unfortunately I don't :(


  11. Alice Teh Says:

    I have only watched Black Beauty but have not read the book. My first book was given by my parents but I can't remember the titles, but I think it's something to do with the Peter and Jane series. Hehee...


  12. Melody Says:

    Stephanie - Books as presents sure meant a lot to me, especially if they're given by your loved ones! :)

    Margaret - I love your blog title and how you named it. ;)

    Sally - Thank you! :)

    Social Frog - It's one of my 'treasures'. ;)

    Beth - Thanks!

    Chris - The first book is always the most memorable, isn't it?

    Barbara - I haven't been reading the book for a long time. I guess I need to re-read it soon. ;)

    Jen - Oh, I love vampire anthology, hehe. I wonder what's the title of the book you received? ;P

    Matt - I agree getting a gift-card is great! I love receiving one myself, but I'm not so sure if I should get it for others since they might think it's a little too impersonal.

    Nymeth - It's one of my most memorable books I received! :)

    Alice - I haven't watched it, but I'd love to one day! Oh yes, I remember those Peter and Jane series. ;)


  13. Ladytink_534 Says:

    K I found it, it's called Southern Blood: Vampire Stories from the American South


  14. Julia Says:

    That is a wonderful story of your childhood memory to a sweet gift from your aunt. She seem to be a wonderful aunt too :)

    I have read Black Beauty as child and LOVE it. It the only book I would read more then once. But as I grown up, I soon forget that I read that book once. Thanks for reminder to me of my childhood love for favorite books :)


  15. Melody Says:

    Jen - Oh great! Thank you so much! Will have to check that book out. :)

    Julia - It's such a great story, isn't it? :)


  16. Debi Says:

    Oh, that is soooo sweet! I hope you share a photo of it one of these days!


  17. Melody Says:

    Debi - Will try to if there's a chance. ;)


  18. What a great memory, Melody!

    I stopped in at the post office today and mailed out Immortal to you. Hopefully it won't take long getting to you. :-)


  19. Melody Says:

    Wendy - Thank you so much! I hope you'd read it and enjoyed it. Will let you know once I've received it. :)


  20. Trish Says:

    Isn't it great how books like this can evoke such wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing your memory! I haven't read Black Beauty but it seems like it would be a memorable book.


  21. Melody Says:

    Trish - Most of my books evoke some wonderful memories for me! :) I hope you'll read Black Beauty if you've the chance.