It’s my Dad’s birthday today, which makes me wonder … do you like to give books as gifts?Well, first of all, congratulations are in order! Happy Birthday to Deb's dad!! I do like giving books but usually not as a birthday present. For birthdays I always try to find something fun, not that books aren't fun, but they're very subjective. I could absolutely love a book that everyone else hates. I always try to get my sister to read the books I used to love when I was her age and I find myself slightly disappointed she's just devoured the Twilight saga and The Hunger Games trilogy but passes on Harry Potter or any of the other great books I've still got. She is reading 'The Hobbit' now though, so there is hope. But when I give a book to someone I do it because I know they'll like it or find it interesting, whereas birthday presents are just supposed to be fun. I mean, I just bought someone a massive nerf-gun for their birthday! I feel I might regret that when I become the target!
Top Ten Thursday is hosted by Alice im Bücherland and this week we're making a list of:
Chinese or Japanese themes booksI haven't read that many books set in China or Japan, but those few I have read I've really enjoyed.
- The Otori Trilogy by Lian Hearn (counting these as one)
- 'Stormdancer' by Jay Kristoff (reading this for review)
- 'Wild Swans' by Jung Chang (brilliant book)
- 'Memoirs of a Geisha' by Arthur Golden (still haven't finished it)
- 'Norwegian Wood' by Haruki Marukami (desperately want to read it)
- 'Wu' by Jonathan Clements (great but massive book)
- 'Anna and the King of Siam' by Margaret Landon (technically not China or Japan)
- 'A Pale View of Hills' by Kazuo Ishiguro (set in England but Japanese-themed)
- 'Bones of the Master' by George Crane (set in Mongolia, but I thought it should be on the list')
- 'Waiting' by Ha Jin (this just sounds amazing)
So, what's on your list and do you like giving books as presents?