Many great writers share that their path to publishing started by being a voracious reader. To celebrate this season of giving — and getting — more than thirty authors are sharing their favorite memories of giving or receiving a book at the holidays on the Bookreporter.com Author Holiday Blog. For example, International best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark reminisces about the books that she was overjoyed to find under the Christmas tree during her childhood, while her daughter and co-writer, Carol Higgins Clark, theorizes that her most popular character, private detective Regan Reilly, may have had her roots in books given to her as a young girl. Meanwhile, Wendy Corsi Staub tells us why Christmas always means Little Women to her.
Upcoming blogs include a piece by Francoise Mouly, who reminisces about the intimate experience she shared over a comic strip with her now-husband, cartoonist Art Spiegelman, during the early stages of their relationship, and how that event forever changed the way she approached the solitary act of reading. Head over to Bookreporter.com each day until Christmas to read these essays and others from David Baldacci, Laura Pedersen, Ad Hudler, Kristin Hannah, Garth Stein, M.J. Rose, Mary Kay Andrews and more.
The blogs can be read each day at: http://www.bookreporter.com/blog/blog/index.asp
Bookreporter.com’s Books as the Perfect Gifts Countdown
There’s one gift that’s perfect for everyone on your holiday list — a book! Yes, everyone has people who are readers on their lists, which makes shopping for them easy. But beyond these kindred spirits, there’s a book that can match just about any recipient’s interests, even if reading is not their true passion. That is why Bookreporter.com is sharing 45 reasons why a book makes a perfect gift, counting down until Christmas Day, December 25th. Check out the countdown and see why we think this is the gift you want to give — and, oh yes, receive!
The Countdown can be read at: http://www.bookreporter.com/features/holiday_countdown/index.asp
The feature is also running on ReadingGroupGuides.com, FaithfulReader.com, Teenreads.com and Kidsreads.com.
Bookreporter.com’s Holiday Basket of Cheer Contest
Bookreporter.com’s popular annual contest spotlights a different title or collection of titles every week from November 7th to December 12th. Readers can enter to win a basket that includes two copies of the book (one to keep and one to give), wrapping paper and a bow, and holiday-themed items such as Ghirardelli hot chocolate mix, gourmet vanilla marshmallows, Chewy Peps candy, an Illuminations cinnamon spice-scented candle, and more.
The Holiday Basket of Cheer feature can be found at: http://www.bookreporter.com/features/holiday_basket_2008/index.asp
Bookreporter.com’s What to Give/What to Get Guide
Gift giving is made easy with “reader perfect” suggestions in categories like Eat, Drink & Be Merry (cookbooks and culinary tales), Faces & Places (history, biography and memoir), and Healthy, Wealthy & Wise (advice and how-to).
The What to Give/What to Get Guide can be found at: http://bookreporter.com/features/wgwg2008/index.asp