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What a fantastic idea!

I was reading a back issue of The New York Times Book Review when I came across this in an interview with Jo Nesbø:

What’s the best book you’ve ever received as a gift?


For my 40th birthday, I requested from my invited guests who insisted on bringing a gift to bring a book they thought I should read. They could just pick it from their bookshelf and write a sentence or two on why this book. Understandably some of them brought new copies, you want to keep the books that mean something to you, that have your coffee stains, notes and ripped pages. I would. Anyway, the books from that birthday are still the best collection of books I have.


That is an incredibly great idea! I'm going to have to make a similar request for my next birthday.