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Subject: What Would a Reader Like?
Date Posted: 9/26/2008 1:46 PM ET
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I'm really, really bad at picking out presents. I like to get something the recipient would like, rather than something I would like. This always trips me up when I don't know the person well, or when the person already has everything.

I'm looking for suggestions. I don't know the person well at all. She's someone I met online on a different forum and she doesn't trade here (as far as I know). She's about my age (50) or a few years younger. She loves HF and medieval English history (non-fiction). She's married with grown children and pets. She's a lawyer and an author (fiction).

She did me a huge favor. I'd like to send her something valued between $35 and $50. Any thoughts?

Genie

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 2:10 PM ET
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This is sort of a cop out, but what about a gift card to B&N.  Personally, that's my favorite gift to receive.



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Date Posted: 9/26/2008 2:17 PM ET
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When considering the price range, I thought maybe one of those beautiful coffee table books they have out about all sorts of different subjects. Perhaps one about the English monarchy?

I think sending a few books of a non-fiction series would be great. One that I would recommend - Great Tales from English History by Robert Lacey - I think there are three volumes to this series. I enjoyed the two I read very much.

Or, maybe one of the humorous books that are out now about royalty, such as Sex with the Queen and Sex with the King. Great, fun reads!

If it's one of the authors from the H/F forums, it might be very hard to find something they haven't already read. In fact, for one of them, I don't think my suggestions are good at all. Sorry, I just caught the author part of your post and realised I'd have to re-think this. ;-)

 

 



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Date Posted: 9/26/2008 2:22 PM ET
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What about a subscription to the magazine the Historical Novel Society has, Solange? Does she have that already?

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 2:31 PM ET
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If it's one of the authors from the H/F forums, it might be very hard to find something they haven't already read. In fact, for one of them, I don't think my suggestions are good at all.

LOL, Valli! I think you guessed who it is. She's a lovely person, serious about what she does/likes. I would be terrified to pick out something she hasn't read and would like.

And, yes, unfortunately, she already is a member of HNS. What a great idea for future reference though!

Donna, I prefer gift certificates too. But I've heard others criticize giving money gifts. I don't get it, myself. What tops money? :) I may end up doing it though. I'll wait and see what others suggest.

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 2:48 PM ET
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even for something she's already read, you might track down a first or early edition or signed edtion of one of the HF 'greats' for her--I would appreciate something like that, maybe she would as well

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 2:52 PM ET
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Yep, I think I know who it might be! I'll check out her blog today and see if I can glean a good idea from it.

What about a couple of tickets to one of the historical fiction movies that are out right now? This is a hard one! I'll keep thinking.

Does she have a wishlist at Amazon?



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Date Posted: 9/26/2008 3:19 PM ET
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Does she have a wishlist at Amazon?

Valli, You are a genious! She does. But - LOL! - there's only one item in it and it's under $20.

Colleen, That's another good idea. I'll check out her blog for something she really liked. I'm not sure how likely it is I'll find a first in the U.S. But it's worth looking.

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 3:24 PM ET
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One item?! What kind of reader has a wishlist for only one item?! LOL!

I would say find a new release to pre-order and have sent to her, but there's no way to guarantee that she hasn't already pre-ordered it, or even received an ARC. This one really is hard, lol.

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 3:29 PM ET
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The first edition or signed copy was one that I was going to suggest as well.

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 4:06 PM ET
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She faked me out on Amazon. She has two wish lists. The second I found by locating her profile and then scanning her reviews of other books. In the middle of the reviews, Amazon kindly displays what's on her wish list. Clicked there, and voila, a second wish list.

She's wishing for 2 non-fiction books and she's about to receive them. :) Thanks for your help, guys!

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 6:33 PM ET
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Oh, that's great, Genie! You can't go wrong when buying from someone's wishlist. ;-)

So, uh, what'd ya get? You know I'm terribly nosy when it comes to books. I can't help myself.

Date Posted: 9/27/2008 8:05 AM ET
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Just for you, Valli, direct from my order confirmation e-mail. :D

1 "The Lady Penelope: The Lost Tale of Love and Politics in the Court of Elizabeth I"
Sally Varlow; Hardcover

2 "Marie-Therese, Child of Terror: The Fate of Marie Antoinette's Daughter"
Susan Nagel; Hardcover



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Date Posted: 9/27/2008 12:10 PM ET
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Hee-Hee! Thanks, Genie!

Oh, wow, you picked some good ones. I have both of those on my wishlist too, so, of course, we both must have excellent taste. ;-)