Happy almost December, BookHivers!
If you’re like me, it’s never too early to plan your holiday gift shopping. If you’re really like me, you started in September.
I am a serial lender and giver of books. (Often I plan to lend books, and end up giving them instead. Looking at you, Gili Nir.) Finding a book that I know a friend or family member will fall in love with gives me so much joy- and if you haven’t gifted books before, DO IT. Trust me, it’s so satisfying.
This year, we at BookHive encourage you to give books more than ever. Many of us have been shaken by recent events, and need rich worlds to escape into for a few hours or minutes a day. Books allow is to learn, empathize, and remember our humanity.
An amazing way to start this is to have a book exchange with your community. Pick a book that you love and pass it along within a group- this can (and should) extend beyond the holidays as well! Most of the books I’ve read in the past year have either been lent, given, or recommended to me, and my world has expanded enormously because of it.
Challenge yourself to read something you’d never ordinarily pick up, or a book you know nothing about. Barnes and Noble has a system called Blind Date with a Book, which I LOVE. A section of the store contains books bound in brown paper with only a brief description of what’s inside. This is super fun for a gift or as a nice surprise for yourself!
Penguin Random House also has an amazing #GiveaBook campaign. By simply entering your name and email, Penguin donates FIVE books to your community. Guys. It is SO easy and requires almost nothing of you. It’s amazing, truly. Educators, especially, need books for their classrooms, and in less than sixty seconds you can help boost the culture of your community. Do it here! Doesn’t it feel great to give back?
While you’re shopping for your book exchange or straightforward book gifts, I also recommend going to local bookstores that need every extra bit of love. In New York I of course love The Strand, but have recently become acquainted with Astoria Book Store and Three Lives & Company in the West Village. Look into your local book shops to find your next favorite haven.
Let us know if there are any books we have to read or gift this season! And of course, if you’ve written one yourself, run it through BookHive to give our Beta Readers an extra gift as well.
Happy giving and happy reading!
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Tallie Gabriel is an actor, writer, and BookHive social media maven. She’s a member of InViolet Theatre and works with BEDLAM Theatre in NYC.