What, if any, memorable or special book have you ever gotten as a present? Birthday or otherwise. What made it so notable? The person who gave it? The book itself? The “gift aura?”

A few years ago, my best friend gave me a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I ended up returning it because I already had a copy, but I remember being really touched that she would remember that I loved a book, and try to give me the gift of owning it (I’d actually just bought it a few months before my birthday, so she wasn’t too far off).

I’ve received a lot of books over the years, but this is one that really sticks out to me.

What about you? What great gift experiences have you had with books?