Call me crazy, but I couldn’t wait for the Black Friday sales and have already started my Christmas shopping! I pledged to buy as many books as possible as gifts this year and here are a few of the books I picked up.
The 500 Best-Value Wines in the LCBO: A great guide because it features wine that can be purchased at the LCBO stores here in Ontario. I have bought this guide for the wine lover in my family for the past three of four years with the exception of 2012 when a guide wasn’t published. I actually contacted the author, Rod Philips from Ottawa, Ontario to ask about the gap and he was very good in responding right away to let me know that the publisher couldn’t financially back the book when their distributor went bankrupt.
My Life in France by Julia Child: One of the foodies in my family is a big fan of Julia Child and loved the movie Julie & Julia starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. I also loved the movie, including the parts that detail Julia Child’s trials and tribulations learning to become a chef at the Le Cordon Bleu school in Paris. The movie was adapted from Julia Child’s autobiography, My Life in France, and I thought this would be a good pick for my beloved foodie.
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader – Weird Canada (by Uncle John?): I was thinking of buying a book about Google for the techie in my family because he had been interviewing for a job with them, but changed my mind at the last minute in the book store. Thank goodness I went with my gut … he got turned down twice! Now what to buy? Even though he was born in Canada and lives here now, my techie spent most of his childhood in Australia. He always strikes me as viewing the country with the eyes of an outsider. I’m considering this book for him as I think all of the random factoids, quotes and stories will appeal to his fascination with Canadiana.
What books are you going to gift this year or want to receive as a gift?