Gifting Books Blog Hop

gifting books giveaway hop

Gifting Books Christmas hop was organized by Reading Romances!

The absolutely most special book that I ever received, hands down, was J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. I was in the third grade, so I was either 8 or 9 years old at the time. While The Hobbit isn’t exactly a romance, I will say that the boy who loaned it to me was the older brother of one of my best friends, and I did have kind of a crush on him at the time.

Back to The Hobbit. Bilbo Baggins’ unexpected journey changed my life. I fell in love with fantasy because of that story. I didn’t read Narnia until after I finished the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. ย And although I think I read Lloyd Alexander’s awesome Prydain Chronicles at about the same time as LOTR, and that does have a romance in it. But I know I checked those out of the library.

The Hobbit was a gift. It was the gift that has kept on giving throughout my life, because fantasy led me to science fiction, and from there to sf fandom, and to a lot of wonderful friends and adventures.

But the Gifting Books Christmas Hop was supposed to be about giving a romance book for Christmas. On the other hand, my husband and I have a holiday tradition. We tell each other what we want, and then, that’s what we get.

So the winner at Reading Reality will get their choice of prizes. I do want to share my love of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. So if you want a paperback copy of The Hobbit or any one of the parts of The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, or The Return of the King), I will be happy to send the winner their choice, US or internationally, to anywhere the Book Depository ships. Or in ebook if you prefer.

If the winner would prefer a $10 Amazon gift card, it’s the winner’s choice of present.

What you can win here:

Winner’s choice of paperback or ebook copy of The Hobbit or The Fellowship of the Ring or The Two Towers or The Return of the King


$10 Amazon Gift Card

Number of winners: 1

Open to (INT, US or US/CAN): INTย 

How to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There are LOTS of blogs participating in this hop. So hop on over to the other participants and see what gift books everyone is gifting this Holiday season!

74 thoughts on “Gifting Books Blog Hop

  1. My father used to buy me poetry books while I was growing up. He used to write a little note for me inside of them. I have each and every one of them. He passed away ten years ago. I treasure those books. I think books are one of the best gifts you can give!

    Happy Holidays
    Julie K

  2. i would be very happy to have my own copy of the hobbit.

    as for a special book i got it was one about time travellers in the “bibliotheque verte” but i don’t remember the title^^;; i was intrigued by it but was told it was for boys etc then one day my father called me and gave it to me because i was free to read all i wanted it was really special because my father didn’t like to reรฉd but he took the time to find one i really wanted

    thank you for the giveaway and happy holidays

  3. I have to admit that the Tolkien books were pretty special to me as well, i can remember getting them one year from my grand parents for christmas and litteraly devouring them over the next month or so

  4. My mother in law passed away shortly after I found out I was pregnant with our first child. My sister in law bought us the same children’s book my mother in law had given her when she was pregnant and copied in the same inscription since she felt my MIL would have wanted that. Very touching.

  5. When I was younger, Black Beauty I loved that book . Now that I have gotten older my family doesn’t really buy me any books because they don’t know what I have and don’t have.

  6. I would love to win the $10 g.c.

    I just gave to my sister copies of both Deb Macomber’s cookbooks and Sherryl Woods.

  7. I was thrilled to win signed copies of Eden Winters’ DIVERSION and JP Barnaby’s entire LITTLE BOY LOST series.


  8. My dad gave me a boxed set of James Herriot’s books, All Creatures Great & Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful. As a younger kid, I didn’t quite have the appreciation for them as I do now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. when I was young I was given all the little house on the priarie series and I sooo loved them

  10. Best gift I’ve received was a SIGNED copy of Dear Teen Me-a couple of my fave authors had signed it so it was pretty awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I love Tolkien’s books too, and I’m currently reading The Silmarillion for the first time. My special book gift was a collection of H. K. Andersen’s fairy tales – I loved them as a child.

  12. thereโ€™s been so many books give & received itโ€™s hard to say/pick one, but one that was special was when I was about 9 & not feeling well while on vacation, my brother (who has always been big into comic books) picked me up a new Isis (which was a Sat morning show weโ€™d watch) comic book to pick up my spirits.
    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

  13. One of the books I received that I still treasure is called Old Yeller. I just gave my age away but that’s fine, I loved that book. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy Holidays.
    Carol L

  14. When my daughter was 9, I gave her Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl, because they were two books that meant a lot to me when I was her age. As she was growing up, many books got added to her collection ….Brave New World, The Miracle Worker, Slaughterhouse Five and most recently The Great Lenore by J.M Tohline.ย 

    My daughter’s 27 now, a couple of months ago on a social media site, there was a question about her favorite book — her answer? Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl…

    Happy Holidays & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

  15. I owned very few books as a child so the best book gift was when the librarian finally let me check out an “adult” book as I had read all the “children’s” books. She really widened my horizons.

  16. I usually try to gift books that I know my friends will like, but I can’t think of any one gift that was super special. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Hidden Away by Maya Banks. She personalized it and I couldnโ€™t stop girl squeeing for the whole day!

    Happy Holidays!

    ehaney578 at AOL dot com

  18. I have read The Hobbit and watched the movies of Lord of the Rings.
    Though I have not read it yet, I have received a copy of Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore and am cherishing it until I have the time to reread the first 2 books. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I hope you had a wonderful holiday, Marlene!
    Thank you for the great giveaway.

  19. Many years ago, my mom gave me a copy of Alas, Babylon. She said it was one of her favorite books and encouraged me to read it. It was a great bonding experience for us, reading and discussing the book.

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the blog stop.

  20. My niece still has the copy of Where the Sidewalk Ends that I gave her years ago! Says it is her fav!


  21. I received The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon in college. I have been hooked ever since.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  22. My friends and family exchange books as gifts all the time, so several of my books have extra meaning as they came from someone I care about, but I’m not sure I can think of one super special book.

  23. They have all been special to me honestly but this year a good friend gave me the set of Beautiful Creatures and being as she doesn’t know me very well, it truly touched my heart. I guess she knows me better than I thought!
    Thanks for the great giveaway,

  24. My most special book was the first autographed book I received from an author, FORBIDDEN NIGHTS WITH A VAMPIRE by Kerrelyn Sparks.
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  25. the most special book that I have given would be The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and the one that I had received would have to be Oh the Places You’ll go by Dr. Seuss. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you had a Merry Christmas and have a happy new year!
    jessangil at gmail dot com

  26. My daughter gave me the Twilight series. It really gave us something to connect with. Nice.

  27. My grandfather’s book of Robert Frost poems. My mom gave it to me after he passed. Always remember him reciting Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.

    JessieL62 at comcast dot net

  28. Like you, it was The Hobbit. My mother gave it to me when I was a kid and I fell in love with books and the fantasy genre.

  29. I have a favorite book Vampire academy by Richelle Mead it got me into reading which I love now so much! Thank you for the great giveaway!

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