Giving Books For Christmas – Part One

tumblr_m2vfujt4vV1qavoeho1_500This is a disclaimer before getting to the heart of the matter. I bought my first book of the Season on line from Amazon taking advantage of a discount and free shipping. Three days later the book arrived: The Triumph of William McKinley-Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters, author- Karl Rove. It saved me money, was efficient and convenient. The experience, however, was without soul, romance, or a bookseller like Anthony Hopkins in the movie, 84 Charing Cross Road. Before I am able to suggest a single book to you for your Christmas giving, afraid you may not open a door to a book shoppe all month, I’d like you to remember what buying books was once about.

I have lost track of how many times I have watched 84 Charing Cross Road. It is my favorite movie. You really must own the DVD for yourself, and the slim volume the movie is based on. These are my first suggestions for your Christmas giving this year. I looked at three Youtube videos before selecting the link I hope you will watch. It will remind you of your own passion for reading, for owning books, and for the pleasure of selecting books for your friends and family. Here is the link for the Youtube video, which takes 9 minutes, but do treat yourself to Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins and some takeouts from the film. I know I will enjoy the new William McKinley book, but I long to walk down Charing Cross Road again, sticking my head in the door of the many book shoppes along the way, asking if anyone has any Beverely Nichols. I have a shelf full from that adventure in London, which makes these books precious to me. Watch the video and return tomorrow for part two of Giving Books For Christmas.

tumblr_m594c8qYuR1qfo9e4o1_250Amazon link to buy the movie, though I suggest shopping further for a better price.

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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5 Responses to Giving Books For Christmas – Part One

  1. M C S says:

    Charming! Read the book will now see it on line!
    Hugs Dearest girl on this second day of Advent!

  2. noelleg44 says:

    I’ve seen the movie! And loved it… I can’t imagine a world without bookstores! They are, for me, like catnip to a cat! And there is a huge pile of books in our spare room, awaiting wrapping!

  3. Diane Coto says:

    I love to give books for Christmas and for the last several years at least one of my presents to my grandchildren are books. I’ve found out this year that my eight-year-old grandson loves mystery like I do, so recently I did a search for mystery books he can read. I loved this little assignment! 🙂
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal – Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

    • I would love it if you would post here what mysteries you found for your 8 yr. old grandson. Others would like to know too. Wish we could do some book shopping together. You could introduce me to the things you like best then. I say this all the time, what would we do without our books.

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