Philip Pullman's Golden Compass series (see story below about this "gift").
Neil Gaiman's "Stardust"
"Techniques of the Selling Writer" by Swain
"No plot? No problem!" by Baty
"The Kid's Book Project" from the Make-A-Wish Foundation (I got this for myself, but it arrived on Christmas Eve so still counts as a present - and my son has to autograph it since he's in it!)
As for the Golden Compass series, several weeks ago when I started seeing ads on TV about the movie coming out, I thought it looked like something I'd enjoy reading. And I was certain I had a copy of all three books in my library so I went searching.
One thing you have to understand is that I have hundreds of books. When we moved to a smaller house, I got rid of 765 (yes, I counted) and that didn't even make a dent. Plus, being a former librarian, my library is divided into fiction and non-fiction. The fiction side is shelved in alphabetical order by author last name. Okay, I'm only a little obsessive about organization. Honest!
Anyway, I went to get the Pullman books out - and they weren't there. So I searched the other shelves (not everyone who gets books off my shelves is as good about putting them back where they belong as I am). Nothing. I searched the house... books tend to end up everywhere. Nothing. Okay, maybe I'm losing it because I was certain I had those books. Finally told my daughter-in-law about the search and she started laughing - because *she* had the books! So I got them back for Christmas (along with two new ones from them.) Gotta love a family who's as much into books as I am.
So I'm starting off the new year with good reads.
Tips and Teasers: What makes you buy a book? Is it the cover? The blurb? The first pages? Or the writer's name?
Thought for the day: "Always leave enough time in your lie to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor." – Paul Hawken