Putting up this video full of famous people telling you to buy books makes me feel kind of dirty, but I do agree with it. Books are my favorite things to give and receive. It breaks my heart that somehow reading has become an extra in our culture, a hobby like knitting or golfing. Reading is essential to sharpening the mind and keeping it sharp. On top of that, books aren’t that expensive, especially if you buy them used. And they are something people can use again and again. So if you are a loss of what to give this holiday season, a book is the way to go.