Reading for pleasure is a great way to relax, but people often think of reading as being quite a serious past-time, full of serious information, serious murder mysteries, of sad life stories and difficult histories. It’s not always like that, though. If you ever sat on the train or bus and notice that someone is smirking and smiling over a book, then it’s worth making a note of the title for the next time you need to buy a gift for your bookworm friend.

Bookish humor can come in all shapes and sizes, from comedians writing their memoirs to whole series of humorous fantasy fiction novels. Many people forget that most humor is written in some form before it is performed, from stand-up comedy to screen plays, and much of it is published. Joke books, humorous poetry and even screen plays are often published, so there is bound to be something out there that appeals to your bookworm friend.

Technology has moved on quickly in the booky world and it’s possible that paperback and hardback books may become a thing of the past, a collectors item for the future! If your bookworm friend enjoys embracing new technology then one thing that is sure to bring a smile to their face is an electronic reader. There is a wide range of choice if you are looking for an e-reader, the main e-readers are the Nook, Kindle and Ipad. There are some cheaper models available but they may not have the same functions as the popular models. E-readers come in different sizes and some models are wi-fi enabled to allow access to the internet so you can read your mails and download books directly to your e-reader. Many of the classic reads are free to download, so it is a great gift for a classics fan as well as a techie fan.

The e-readers allow you to download audio books too. Audio books are available to download to your Ipod or MP3 player, as well as on CD in most good bookshops. They make an entertaining alternative to a book that you can enjoy while doing other things such as jogging, walking the dog or housework. It’s a great gift for children too, and they are sure to love listening on a long car journey or at bedtime.

Often a keen reader will have their favorite authors, who often write in different genres under different pen names so it may pay to do a little bit of research and surprise your friend by presenting them with a gift from their author under a different pseudonym. They are sure to be impressed with your knowledge and surprised by their favorite author.

Readers enjoy other gifts too, like magazine subscriptions to their favorite past-times that are full of tips and advice, and great articles that are sure to keep them up-to-date. There are also subscriptions to writers clubs and magazines, if they are a budding novelist or short story writer, many of which have great competitions for the amateur writer.

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