Holiday Fun ~ Books as Gifts Part 1 Soulless (Miss Carriger Recommends)

The book basket!

This is an idea shamelessly taken out of the Romance Community, but it is such a good idea! I can’t help myself. I recently parroted on about it on the SF Signal podcast and have decided to do a few companion blogs on the subject.

If you have a friend/loved one who is a voracious reader why not consider a signed copy of a book from an author you know they love, accompanied by a basket of items themed to that book? My local indy Borderlands has many signed books available. Give them a call or try your own local establishment (like Murder by the Book, Tattered Cover, Powells, Book People, or Mysterious Galaxy). They will usually have authors in town drop by and sign stock.

Anyway, so here’s the idea: once you have the book, signed or not, then build a basket of fun around that book.

For example: the Parasol Protectorate books
1. Order signed from Borderlands (Definitely get your request in before Dec 15th, that’s the last time I’ll be able to get in to sign stock for them before the holidays.)
2. Source a vintage looking basket, possibly from the local thrift store
3. Fill with accompanying fun items, many of which might also be found at a thrift store

Soulless Tea Party themed (can use Soulless, Soulless: The Manga Vol. 1, or the Parasol Protectorate boxed set)

I have lots of additional ideas and food thoughts in my blog post on How to Throw a Parasol Protectorate tea.

Next up in this blog I’ll do a fantasy book basket idea for Changeless but in the meantime I’m interested in your thoughts. Anything you’ve run across that would fit with this theme? Suggestions for good recipes? Other books that might work with this basket?

Book News:
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 2 a #1 New York Times bestseller in the Graphic Novel List!

Quote of the Day:
“Cakes and bonbons suitable for tennis parties are legion, and, as a rule the one thing to be observed in selecting them is to avoid stickiness or surprises.”
~ Steel & Gardiner, 1888

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