Friday, December 16, 2005
Books For The Holidays
Still undecided on the perfect holiday gift as the shopping days slowly dwindle down to a precious few? NPR reporter Karen Grigsby Bates shares her list of books that would make great gifts for the holidays in her Day To Day column, dedicated to making the decision a bit easier. And, I don't mind saying that City of Falling Angels, by John Berendt and Anton Chekhov: The Complete Short Novels have already been purchased -- and wrapped -- for placing under the tree by yours truly, from this list of what I think are some excellent literary gift-giving suggestions.
And don't forget that these days you can also read with your ears (and no...it's not considered cheating, or at least, it shouldn't be). Downloadable books are great company for travelers and people who spend a lot of time going about their daily lives, where their eyes need to be focused in other places, rather than on a page. Without a doubt, few would argue that no matter how old we get, most of us still enjoy being "read to." As a result, the latest audiobook companies provide high-quality audio with great readers (often actors) that make the pages fly by. Audible.com, Amazon and iTunes all offer downloadable titles that you can play on your computer, burn on CDs, or send to your MP3 player, so your chosen story travels with you.
I've found that for long-distance driving especially, nothing can beat a good story, told in an engaging, made-for-good-storytelling voice. Therefore, books on audio, when necessary, certainly get my vote.
Happy shopping, and an even happier pre-holiday weekend. Peace.