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Which books topped your holiday gift list?

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Bestreads_lSome folks say it’s better to give than to receive, but when it comes to books, I prefer a little bit of both, to be quite honest. And in the spirit of the just-concluded holiday season, I thought it might be fun for all of us to post the best tomes we found beneath our trees, and the best ones we wrapped up for our loved ones.

On the giving side, I got Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri‘s gorgeous, Pulitzer prize-winning collection of short-stories, for my sister Nancy (thus completing my mission to get it into the hands of pretty much every person in my life). On the receiving side, I just finished tearing through Lee Child‘s Die Trying (from my sister Debby), a trashy-good thriller that I managed to finish in less than a week. Admittedly, it’s not a Great Work of Literature, but you can bet the value of all your holiday gift cards combined that I’ll be checking out the other entries in the Jack Reacher series.

Okay, your turn: Which books topped your holiday gift list? Hurry, I need ideas for a couple of fast-approaching January birthdays!