It seems that with each passing year it only gets more tiresome figuring out what to give someone for the holiday season.
This year, I would like for people to consider giving their loved one a book and if they can, donating a book to a child.
My mother is an avid reader and throughout elementary and middle school she consistently told me that if I always had a book in hand, that I would always have a friend.
I think that among children it is especially pivotal for them to strengthen their literacy by reading.
I know that not everyone is reader and there are plenty of people who wouldn’t be grateful but I believe that a book can be much more valuable and unique than a cliché present.
There are last minute “hey, I remembered you” gifts and the ones that have been hinted at all year.
The “lesser” gift usually gets forgotten by mid January which is disappointing yet very common. Give someone a “little infinity” this year instead.
It can be an escape, an opportunity for knowledge and an additional hobby. It is surprisingly accessible and easy to improve your vocabulary just by reading along and looking up new words.
Earlier this month I decided to stop by Barnes n’ Noble on a free day and I ended up spending five hours there catching up on what I had missed.
During my scramble to get end-of-the-semester assignments done I also walked out of the store with John Green’s new novel “Turtles All the Way Down.”
Green’s novels are typically more up my alley than a non-fiction but I’ve also been enjoying journalist Ashlee Vance’s novel on engineer, inventor and businessman Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla.
I can tell that Vance approaches writing with the attitude of a reporter and a feature kind of style in comparison to a regular author.
So, based on what you know about a person, there must be clues from which you can guess what kind of book would interest them.
If not, Google is always there to save the day as well as librarians/bookstore workers.
For a more in-depth explanation of a novel, there’s a rising community of “booktubers” on YouTube who review literature.
It really is true what J.K. Rowling said, “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”
A lot of people claim that they do not have time to read but making time is as simple as setting apart an hour before bed instead of scrolling through Facebook.
If you’re stuck in a reading slump, find another book!
If I’ve convinced you by now, one organization that would most likely accept books is the Angel Tree Program.
Angel trees can be found at Sunland Park Mall, Cielo Vista Mall and normally the Salvation Army.
Paper cutouts of angels are hung like ornaments and have a child’s name on the back, age, gender and sometimes gift ideas.
My mother and I have donated to them in other years and some of my best memories as a kid were by participating.
Think of it as a scavenger hunt.
Even if the child you choose has not specifically requested reading material, I’m sure you can include it, the more the merrier.
Whomever you decide to give a book to, I hope it brings them joy.