There are some terrific ideas listed in my previous post. (Add yours, if you haven’t already.)
My short list is below, books I’d give for the holidays to:
Fellow book bloggers (books that aren’t widely known but that I’ve really enjoyed): Daughter of Earth by Agnes Smedley; Million Dollar Baby: Stories from the Corner by F.X. Toole; and The House of Exile by Nora Wahn.
My 12-year-old niece: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (oh, that she would read it!)
My 10-year-old nephew: Day of Infamy by Walter Lord or The Winds of War by Herman Wouk (tough call–he likes WW2 video games, and these books might be a little advanced for a kid–but this IS a wish list)
All my relatives who don’t read because they don’t make time for it: Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust (serves ’em right)
All my friends who don’t read because they don’t have time: Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (if they read the first page, they’ll be hooked)
Books I’d want for myself: Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee (by the way, the New Yorker has a fascinating review by James Wood)