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#1 Peach

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    Posted 16 October 2011 - 04:23 PM

    Okay, I really want to give the ladies nearest me - my moh (sister), bm, fmil and mom - some nice gifts. I am already giving them beach bags full of stuff... barefoot sandals, pashminas, jewelry, travel items, etc.; very similar to ones posted on here. I am also thinking about getting them each a meaningful book. I am stuck with WHICH ONES! My fmil is an avid reader; I will probably just pick one out at that time that I know she will like. My mom is the opposite; when she does read, which is rare, she likes it. She mostly sticks to Danielle Steel and such. My sister and BM both are occassional readers. My sister goes through phases of being book crazed, then nothing at all; she will be just about 18 when we walk down the aisle. My BM and friend reads more Jodi Piccoult style books. 

    I am a total English nerd, and love all books, especially classic novels, and think it would be a cool addition to their bags which they are probably going to get right before getting on the plane (so they can read them during the flight). 



    I would love suggestions of books for these ladies. I am thinking "Little Women" for my sister, but beyond that I am not sure. What do you think of this idea? Or if you have any suggestions, please let me know!!!

    #2 Peach

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      Posted 16 October 2011 - 04:38 PM

      The other option is to find nice copies of our favourite books - The Hobbit and Pride and Prejudice, respectively, but I am not sure that they would appeal to everyone. 

      OR if anyone has any recommendations of books about the ocean, or a beach, or something like that as a setting, that would be great too. 

      #3 kellygrrrl

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        Posted 18 October 2011 - 07:04 AM

        I freaking love Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. it is THE funniest, most laugh-out-loud book I've ever read - the only downside is I'm not sure if it has relevance to your wedding.


        when I go on vacation, I like to read cheesy girly novels, like Something Borrowed, Something Blue (or anything Emily Giffin). her series of books are wedding/baby themed with good girl drama. I think anything you can pick up in the airport bookstore are usually awesome. Last Night at Chateau Marmont was good, perfect for anyone in a relationship (her b/f becomes famous practically overnight and she's dealing with the aftermath). I'm currently reading the Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell. that may be appropriate for the 18 year old because it's about Carrie's (Sex and the City Carrie) time in high school.


        finally got around to reading the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and total meh. didn't think it was anything special. classically overdone whodunit.


        what if you bought them all different books? the latest and greatest for the avid reader, the David Sedaris one for your mom, etc? I think they'd really like how you thought of them individually and bought them each something they'd like. but I think the most important part is that it's FUN. no one wants to be on an awesome beach vacation reading a total downer like We the Living by Ayn Rand or something. ; )


        there are always magazines, too. I think my mom (total non-reader) would much prefer that to a book. let me know what you decide! I think reading material is a great idea!

        #4 Peach

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          Posted 18 October 2011 - 07:18 PM

          Yeah I think I like that idea too... focusing more on fun beach reads. I guess the problem is, I do not really read those books typically, so I do not know what is actually good. I like wedding or beach themed ideas though; I saw the Carrie books, that could definitely work for my sister. And I will check out Emily Giffin for my friend... Or something like that for my mom too ... my FMIL likes literary books, but she will still want an upbeat one, so I will just pick up the latest paperback for her then. 

          Thanks for the help. Whenever I make up my mind I will let you know. I have lots of time, so I intend to pick them up as I go. :)

          #5 scooter514

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            Posted 03 January 2012 - 02:24 PM

            Great idea to include the books!

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