A Christmas Tradition

My best friend, Red, and I have had a Christmas book swapping tradition for as long as I can remember.

We pick 2-3 books that we read over the year that we recommend each other read. Each year it’s always been different books and we’re honest with each other with our reviews when we’re done. It’s something that for us, is always full of excitement- waiting to see which book each of us chose for each other.

This year was no different except I took her to two used book stores this year and picked out her books there, rather than purchasing them ahead of time. It was fun, being put on the spot to find something I’ve read actually sitting on a shelf or having to use my mental bookshelf to find another in my reading history that she might be into.

Red, book a hunting (Red, book hunting)

Red, always prepared, purchased my book gifts ahead of time and I’m pleased with the chosen.

(Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

(Jasper Fforde, The Big Over Easy)

I have to admit, I’ve had Douglas Adams on my list for some time but with my ever growing book list and my impulse to allow other books to jump the line; I hadn’t gotten a chance to purchase it, let alone read. The other, by Jasper Fforde, I’ve never heard of until today. It sounds extremely funny and Red has given it a glowing review. I’ll be starting with that one first (impulse) because I just need to know what it’s about.

For Red, I chose 3 books (I had 2 but damn my impulses, 😩 I decided on yet another).


Danielle Trussoni, Angelology)

(Mitch Albom, Tuesday's with Morrie)

(Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry)

All of the 3 books I gave to Red were favorites of mine. I read them all before, Gabrielle Zevin's being the most recent. I was actually surprised to see it on a shelf since I read it on Kindle. Of them all, I'm hoping she enjoys Angelology the most as out of those three, that one had the most impact on me. Time will tell, I'll update you all with her reviews when she's done!


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