Buy a Friend a Book Week is October 1-7 (as well as the first weeks of January, April, and July). During this week, you’re encouraged to buy a friend a book for no good reason. Not for their birthday, not because it’s a holiday, not to cheer them up–just because it’s a book.
What book would you choose to give to a friend and why?
Well, the flip answer is that I would just check out their amazon wishlist and see what they want. Or, I'd check out their Library Thing account to see what they've been reading.
Now, to be sentimental, I would probably give them a book of poetry, based on the kind of relationship we have. Some friends would get Billy Collins, others Mary Oliver; one friend might get Daniel Ladinsky's translations of Hafiz, while another might get a collection of Emily Dickinson.