Booking Through Thursday: Friendship


I am loving this week’s Booking Through Thursday question.

Buy a Friend a Book Week is October 1-7 (as well as the first weeks of January, April, and July). During this week, you’re encouraged to buy a friend a book for no good reason. Not for their birthday, not because it’s a holiday, not to cheer them up–just because it’s a book.

What book would you choose to give to a friend and why?

And, if you’re feeling generous enough–head on over to Powell’s and actually send one on its way!

Well. There are a million books I’d love to share; that’s why I have my Library Thing widget on my sidebar. Those are only the books I’ve loved enough to rave about.

But I’ve come across three that are worth mentioning!

First, all you Tamora Pierce fans, listen up! Ms. Pierce has collaborated with Timothy Liebe on a graphic novel called White Tiger. I’ve only begun reading it, so no total raves yet, but what caught my eye, other than the author’s name, is the artwork. Wow! It looks like I was lucky enough to pick it up on release day, too. Bonus!

And to tie books and music together yet again (like I don’t do this often?), I found Rob Zombie‘s The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. Flipping through, there seem to be lots of naked boobies and the vivid colors that Zombie is known for. A bit less detail than we’re used to from him; I wonder if that’s to better fit the format of a graphic novel. But what’s this I hear about a movie-tie-in? (yeah, it looks like it came out in 2006. What hole have I been living in?)

And lastly, head over to SuperFastReader. She’s giving away a Jeffrey Overstreet‘s Auralia’s Colors because she read it and flipped for it. I haven’t even heard of it before, so I’ll be checking it out with you. Please take note that this contest coincides with Buy a Friend a Book Week! Good timing, Superfast!!!

Edited to add: I forgot to tell you all to go on over to my review home, Front Street Reviews, and check out my thoughts on Colleen Gleason‘s first two books. I’d buy those for someone… Well, maybe myself, as my copies have already been stolen! They were autographed, too!



  1. Denise Kincy Grier

    September 28, 2007 12:37 pm

    Hey stranger! I thought I’d drop by and say hi, but since you are on the subject of what book I would buy for a friend, I just started reading “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert and it is wonderful! I would definitely buy it for my best friend who is on a journey of the soul. BR/BR/Come visit my blog soon! And have a great weekend. BR/BR/Denise

  2. Tempest Knight

    September 28, 2007 1:33 pm

    Hehehe! I’ve got planned the books I’m giving my friends next week, but I can’t tell here ‘coz then it won’t be a surprise. *evil grin*

  3. Special K ~Toni

    September 28, 2007 2:06 pm

    Ok- I came back- you dazzled!BR/BR/I would buy a friend a book, but I like to keep my friends stupid, and they can’t read!

  4. Marsha

    September 28, 2007 3:14 pm

    I’m a fan of Powell’s too! It’s the only bookstore I’ve been to where you’re handed a color-coded map (which you really do need) when you walk in the door. And the resident cats are awesome.

  5. Susan Helene Gottfried

    September 28, 2007 5:00 pm

    I’ve never been there, actually. Hopefully one day, I will get there. I’m using them as my affiliate ’cause I like them better than the big places.

  6. Camille Alexa

    September 28, 2007 6:06 pm

    Susan:BR/if you ever come to Portland for a visit, I’ll take you to Powell’s. I live a couple blocks from the satellite store on Hawthorne. Best coffee shop ever, too.

  7. Susan Helene Gottfried

    September 28, 2007 6:07 pm

    Now THAT is a deal, woman! (btw, I don’t drink coffee. I’m hyper enough.)

  8. david mcmahon

    September 28, 2007 7:13 pm

    Hi Susan,BR/BR/I’ll be a much more regular reader when I’ve got this second novel out of the way.BR/BR/My deadline with Penguin is end October.BR/BR/Thank you for your kind words on my “pepperazzi” picture.BR/BR/Keep smilingBR/BR/David

  9. Amy Ruttan

    September 28, 2007 7:49 pm

    Hmmm, that’s a great thing to celebrate next week. I will have to think what to pass on.

  10. Susan Helene Gottfried

    September 28, 2007 9:39 pm

    Gee, Amy, I don’t know… how about YOUR OWN BOOK????BR/BR/Just out today (Friday), folks, at Ellora’s Cave. Go get it!

  11. Camille Alexa

    September 29, 2007 1:06 am

    How ’bout bars? Restaurants? Ice cream parlours? We got plenty of those, too.

  12. Darla

    September 29, 2007 7:24 am

    Oh, cool! I hadn’t been paying attention to Booking Through Thursday lately. Now to decide which books for which friends….BR/BR/(and yes, I do always read everything on Thursdays–loved the Oreos post, btw!)

  13. Susan Helene Gottfried

    September 29, 2007 11:44 am

    Camille — yes to the ice cream, especially if it’s homemade. Food, of course. That’s a no-brainer. BR/BR/Darla — weren’t the Oreos fun? That was a great prompt. This week’s is good, too. Stay tuned!

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