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Holiday Gift Giving Guide

November 16, 2010

Do you have any bookworms on your Holiday Shopping list? I do.

This is the book to get the guy who is into computers, Star Wars, and building civilizations out of LEGOs.  It is the ultimate guide for making geeky, fun projects with your kids. After all who doesn’t want a lamp made out of old CD’s or to build the ultimate swing.

A short, easy read that gives you a lot to think about. My version is highlighted and tattered because some of the quotes from Morrie are just nuggets of gold that I like to think about. It’s a really great gift for the person you know who is really introspective, what-is-the-meaning-of-life phase. By no means will they get the answer, but it will give them something to chew on.

I devoured this 400+ page book in a week while taking care of a 5 month old baby. Not an easy task, but it was that good. It  is the perfect gift for any bookworm. Fast moving story line, not preachy even when talking about a hard subject, and brilliant characters.

I must admit, very ashamed here, that I have read neither of these books although Life Of Pi is on my bookshelf. However I’ve heard so many good things about these books that I can’t leave them out.

I took a snippet of a review from Amazon to sum up everything I’ve heard about this book:

Martel’s story line is already well-known: a fifteen-year-old boy, the son of a zookeeper in Pondicherry, India survives a shipwreck several days out of Manila. He is the lone human survivor, but his lifeboat is occupied by a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, an injured zebra, a hyena, and an orangutan. In relatively short order and true Darwinian fashion, their numbers are reduced to just two: the boy Piscene Molitor Patel, and the tiger, Richard Parker. By dint of his zoo exposure and a fortuitously positioned tarpaulin, Pi (as he is called) manages to establish his own territory on the lifeboat and even gains alpha dominance over Richard Parker. At various points in their 227-day ordeal, Pi and the tiger miss being rescued by an oil tanker, meet up with another shipwreck survivor, and discover an extraordinary algae island before finally reaching safety.

Again I took a bit of a review from Amazon to describe this book:

It’s about sadness. Really. It’s not funny, except perhaps in small details where you might find yourself smiling ruefully. It’s a sad book filled with sad and often thoughtless people. It’s about how we cover our sadness with layers of so-called civilization, wrap our fears in popular culture, and never ever have the opportunity to face any of it and learn to rise above. Little Bee knows how to rise above. She’s known how to do it her whole life because there’s nowhere to hide in her country. Poverty, abuse and death are common where she is from, and if you don’t want them to destroy you, they must be transcended.


Now I can’t leave out the little ones when it comes to books.

The Widow’s broom is amazing. It teaches about fear, ignorance, love and acceptance in a few short pages when an older woman takes in a witch’s broom. Add to it amazing drawings and it is a great gift for a kid ages 5-8.

Did you see anything that you liked? What do you want for Christmas/Hanukkah?  let me know what you want and it could appear on my reader’s choice guide at the end of the month by posting in the comments section below or e-mailing me at myreinventedlife@yahoo (dot) com


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  1. November 16, 2010 5:50 pm

    Great list, definatley helped out with a few of my gifts and now there are a few more books to add to my ever growing to read list

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