Another Wednesday has fallen upon us and that means it's time for another edition of "Why I Love Wednesday", a meme hosted by Alexis at Reflections of a Bookaholic. This week's topic is Gifted Books. While I don't tend to get many books as gifts (I can be slightly difficult to buy books for) and am more apt to give them, there are a few that have been given to me and were great gifts.
First on this list would be Ingeborg Bachmann's Malina. I received this book in the original German from my, much loved, German professor when I graduated from undergrad. She wrote a beautiful inscription on the front page and it's definitely a book that I will keep for as long as I can. I have yet to read the entire thing (it's in German, therefore a little more slow-going than an English version), but I am determined to one day finish it.
Secondly would be a Christmas present I received from my parents years ago. I have always been a huge fan of Nirvana and when Kurt Cobain's Journals was published, my parents got it for me. I was so incredibly ecstatic. It's a fascinating glimpse into Cobain's mind. A messed up, genius mind. The book is filled with lyrics, drawings, musings, and so much of what made Cobain tick.
Last on the list is Billy Corgan's Blinking with Fists: Poems. Again, having been a huge fan of the Smashing Pumpkins for ages, Corgan's collection of poetry was a completely natural book to receive as a gift. I received this from a friend in college. He felt that I would love it just as much as he did (also a huge Pumpkins fan). Corgan's poetry is beautifully written and intriguing, much like his music. It was a fantastic gift.
I could come up with a lot more, I'm sure. In fact, I know that I almost always get cookbooks as gifts during the holidays. I love cookbooks, have a ton, and will continue to collect them. But these three books were the top books that came to mind when I thought of books that had been given to me as gifts over the years. What are yours?