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Gifts for a teenage bookworm

November 28, 2006|by ADELINE CUMPATA

This Christmas, consider giving your friends an inexpensive gift with rich rewards. Give them books.

I believe in self-betterment, happiness and hard work. Many people ask themselves, "Am I a good person? And if I am how can I improve who I am without pretending to be somebody else?"

I strongly believe if you ask yourself these questions, you have nothing to worry about. The people who think they are OK and invincible are the ones who need a reality check.

But if you truly feel you need self-improvement, the best thing to do is read.

Yes, reading is relaxing, but books are informative above all. Your problems will be eased by the exciting plots of fiction tales. Your heart will be mended like a torn sock by historical romances. And if you want something educational or thought-provoking, check reference and nonfiction books - and always make sure the sources are credible and up to date.

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There is a book for every mood you're in. All you need to do is look around and discover. Whatever has happened in this world, someone has written about it. So no matter what the topic, there is a book waiting for you to caress its pages.

Only within the covers of a book can you find the world coming together and, at the same time, falling apart.

By reading, you expand your horizons and experience different situations, if only vicariously. Sometimes, when a difficult situation arises, you can recall a similar situation you read in a book, and you have a better idea how to respond.

So read. Give a book as a gift. Or accept one in return. Books are the passageway into a full, rich life, and who doesn't want to live fully and richly?




Bookish gift ideas



· "The Clique: The Second Collection," the second box set of books in the "The Clique" series by Lisi Harrison - includes "The Clique No. 4: Invasion of the Boy Snatchers," "The Clique No. 5: The Pretty Committee Strikes Back" and "The Clique No. 6: Dial L for Loser."

· "O-Parts Hunter Vol. 1" by Seishi Kishimoto - a manga about Jio, a teenager who is on a quest and is the embodiment of conflicted youth.

· "Emily the Strange Vol. 1" by Rob Reger - a collection of cartoons featuring Hot Topic icon Emily, a walking brew of teenage ennui filtered through a macabre sensibility.

· "The Real Question" by Adrian Fogelin - a smart tale about a nerdy teenager who has aced school since sixth grade but accepts a challenge to rock the boat.

· Inexpensive bookshelves from a big box store.

· Make a bookmark from photos of your friend and yourself, or cut out letters and spell his or her name.

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