More end-of-year and best-books-of-the-year lists can be found on the following websites:
ReadingGroupGuides.com Best of List 2006
BookReporter.com What to Give/What to Get
OneMinuteBookReviews.com A Print and Save Guide for Grandparents to Holiday Gift Books
Librarians surf the net so you don't have to!
Here's a good reason to give books as presents that isn't mentioned too often: Romance author, Brenda Coulter writes in her blog, No Rules, Just Write: "No gift is easier to wrap and ship than a book. Remember that the next time you ransack your attic for a piece of Christmas paper large enough to cover a CrockPot". I've been meaning to add her blog to the list of links on the right... look for it soon.Her posts are brief, soothing, funny, with interesting tidbits of book lore or sometimes just musings on daily life.