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18 January 2010 @ 07:00 pm
in which I am saved from being predictable only by being absentminded  
Because I have been blessed to find friends for whom bookstore browsing is a fun time and a totally acceptable thing to do as a tourist activity, I had the following conversations with my friend this weekend, in a recommended bookstore I hadn't made it to yet:

Me [after picking up Michael Chabon's Summerland]: Hey, I really liked this book.
My friend: Didn't you buy that book for me? I think that was you.
Me: Er, probably? Does anyone else buy you children's books?

Me [after picking up Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys]: I loved this book! I actually laughed out loud while reading it. (Thinks: maybe I should buy a copy for my friend?)
My friend: I liked it too!
Me [thinking 'never mind, then']: Oh, you read it?
My friend: You bought it for me.
Me: Oh, failpants! Why can't I remember anything today?
My friend: Well, you have given me a lot of books, over the years.

Which is true. But still. I keep thinking I should buy her a copy of Sunshine, because I think she'd like it, but I actually cannot remember whether I've already done so.

(And did I mention that my best friend never told me that she received that copy of Neverwhere I sent her, so finally I asked, just to make sure it hadn't gotten lost in the post, and she was all, "Er, yes. I really enjoyed it...the first time you gave it to me"? *facepalm* Although this must mean that we never had a conversation about it then, either, because I would have remembered that. I remember that we talked about the other books I'd sent her in that box.)
cschellscschells on January 19th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
I keep giving the same books over and over again to my niece. Blah. And now she's 19, and I can't decide if some of the adult books I like would be too "adult" for her, or if they would be OK... Oh, the dilemmas!
tempestsarekind: freema reading is sexytempestsarekind on January 19th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
Why is book-giving so fraught with peril? It's such a good plan, in theory... The other thing people do, with me, is ask me to recommend children's books for a relative, and that's really hard without knowing what the child in question likes to read.

My friend recently informed me of an award for adult books that seem like good crossovers for a YA audience, so perhaps there's something there for your niece?
cschellscschells on January 19th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link! I'm going to check those out. (I guess I might enjoy them too, huh?)
tempestsarekind: i love freema's bunny facetempestsarekind on January 19th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
That's always a possibility! :)
litlover12 on January 19th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
You just need everyone you know to give you a list of all the books you've ever given them. :-)

And now I'm nervously wondering how many times I've done that . . .
tempestsarekind: berowne is perplexed [dt]tempestsarekind on January 19th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
Ha! I'm sure that wouldn't take any time at all...

I wouldn't worry too much about it--it's an extra recommendation, that's all! I bet it would get someone off the fence about reading the book, if they hadn't done so already.