I've received two books in the past week...absolutely the best gifts. Wouldn't you agree? They're the most intellectually intimate of gifts--almost daring in a way. You have to truly know someone's mind and psyche to sucessfully select a winning book for them. That task has proven to be too daunting for me...the only book I've gifted was a teasing copy of Why Do Men Have Nipples?. For real.
The best book I've received to date was a copy of my favorite read, The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. It was from a boy who must have searched endlessly for it, as I believe it was out of print at the time. However, it came to me as a Christmas gift with the sweetest note penciled inside the front page. It still sits on my bookshelf, and from time to time I pull it from the shelf to reread the slightly-crooked, yet endearing boyish handwriting. Such a thoughtful and attentive gift, one which only a boy who knew my heart and mind would have remembered. It still gives me warm fuzzies. :)
How about you, sweet readers? Has anyone ever gifted you a perfect read? Or...a hilariously imperfect read?