From Booking Through Thursday:
Buy a Friend a Book Week is October 1-7 (as well as the first weeks of January, April, and July). During this week, you’re encouraged to buy a friend a book for no good reason. Not for their birthday, not because it’s a holiday, not to cheer them up–just because it’s a book.I approve in principle: I love giving books to my friends. But who would I choose? and how? The book I should choose would depend on what friend I would choose. For instance, josanpq and I seem to relate well to the same authors (Dorothy Dunnett, Lois McMaster Bujold), and giving or recommending to her some of my favourite books of recent years - like The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, or Warchild by Karin Lowachee - was and would be a good thing to do. But conversely, maaboroshi didn't read Cagebird, and walkingowl hated Warchild - I wonder if she might have liked Cagebird or Burndive more? Probably not.
What book would you choose to give to a friend and why?
And, if you’re feeling generous enough–head on over to amazon and actually send one on its way!
My point being, it's often tricky to recommend or give fiction, and often not a great idea to give books that are so very much my favourites. I try to make a point never to recommend Dorothy Dunnett to anyone. I'm just not objective enough.
So - does that make non-fiction a better, safer choice? I'm not sure. walkingowl has done a rather good job of choosing books for me that I would like, usually but by no means exclusively non-fiction. Ditto Tasia and Donna and - many friends. Interesting how I and my circle so often give books as gifts.
Okay, okay, I'll pick one friend and one gift. The friend - no, wait, I want to make this a surprise. I'll tell about it after the fact.