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What was the best book you ever received as a gift?

Post by Reuben 92 » 27 Aug 2017, 14:16

Have you ever been given a book from someone, without having to ask for it, which was just brilliant? I find it's rare for people to know me that well but a few times I remember are:

1) Getting given Heidi by Johanna Spyri as a child and being transported by it. I still think of that book very fondly.

2) Receiving a book of compiled C. S. Lewis quotes, which I go back to again and again!

3) A friend recently bought me a copy of Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich and it was just what I needed at the time. I found it a really beautiful and encouraging read.


What are your stories of gifted books that made an impact on you?
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Post by KN17488 » 29 Aug 2017, 11:08

The best book I have received as a gift that I have actually finished so far is Go Ask Alice. My parents got it for me for Christmas and it was such a good book. It is a book I would recommend for people to read because it is something I think many people can relate to. I am quite thankful for receiving this book.

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Post by Reuben 92 » 29 Aug 2017, 13:09

Thanks for replying! Thats not a book I'd heard of before but it has great reviews and sounds very topical. I'll maybe give it a go!
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Post by CatInTheHat » 29 Aug 2017, 16:14

The ones my kids wrote in elementary school. They were handwritten with construction paper binding. They will always be my favorites.
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Post by Reuben 92 » 29 Aug 2017, 18:54

That is adorable! Those are definitely something to treasure :) thanks for the reply
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Post by Brandi Noelle » 21 Oct 2017, 17:57

"Time and Again" by Jack Finney.

My husband bought me this as a gift for our 1st wedding anniversary. He is not a reader and had no idea what kind of books to get me, but he was determined to pick one out on his own. He went to the bookstore and ended up asking an employee for some direction into historical fiction, my favorite genre. This was the book he selected and I absolutely love it. It's about a man who becomes part of a time-traveling experiment. As a history buff, I have always thought it would be cool to travel back in time, and it was fascinating to be able to read about that type of experience through the eyes of the character.

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Post by Agawyne » 21 Oct 2017, 22:15

The book is called Soundless by Richelle Mead, it was given to me by ex boyfriend, at first I didn't feel like reading it because we have different tastes of books so one day I happened to give it a try and guess what I felt something special about this story and the characters, it was unique n I wondered why I hadn't read something like this before. The book kept me on my toes irrespective of my busy schedule. While I slept it's all u dreamt n thought of during the day, u love Soundless that I wouldn't mind reading it again n I recommended my bro to read it too

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Post by Reuben 92 » 22 Oct 2017, 07:54

Thanks Brandi Noelle and Agawyne for the replies. Both of those sound like interesting reads :)
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Post by Ubheeram Nina » 27 Oct 2017, 09:57

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

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Post by Reuben 92 » 28 Oct 2017, 12:38

Thanks for the reply, Ubheeram Nina, I will look that up!
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Post by Ubheeram Nina » 28 Oct 2017, 13:07

The secret change my life completely and so i wanna share it to those who want a change. But for this you need to have believe,feel and have faith.

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Post by Mjgarrison » 06 Dec 2017, 15:25

My son got me Redeeming Love and Atonement child last Christmas. At first I had a hard time getting into them but once I really started reading I couldn't put them down. Now I collect books from the same Author.

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Post by AlainaElric » 06 Feb 2018, 15:35

I got the first three of the Lost Years of Merlin book series by T.A. Barron by my adopted brother when I was nine years old, for Christmas. It was my first Christmas with the family, so these books had quite a sentimental value to them, in addition to being some of my favorite stories.

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Post by Brandi Noelle » 06 Feb 2018, 16:27

Mjgarrison wrote:
06 Dec 2017, 15:25
My son got me Redeeming Love and Atonement child last Christmas. At first I had a hard time getting into them but once I really started reading I couldn't put them down. Now I collect books from the same Author.
I absolutely loved "Redeeming Love." I don't usually read Christian fiction, but this was a recommendation from a friend and I couldn't put it down. Great book!

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