As I mention in this post, I have a female cousin in her mid-teens who got into trouble a couple of weeks back for refusing to budge on her skepticism at church. In addition to grounding her, her parents confiscated all her books and culled all the ones they found objectionable–which means, among other things, all the hard science (you can imagine how her parents reacted to the Dawkins stuff) all the science fiction, and almost all of the fantasy–including, mysteriously, all the Tolkien & Lewis. They’ve left her with nothing but idiotic, homogenized pap suitable for third graders.
I mention all of this because my wife and I were just looking over all our first-year anniversary presents. This included several bookstore gift cards–about $150 worth–as it’s the paper anniversary and everyone we know knows that we’re nerds. Kim wants to use the cards to rebuild my cousin’s library, which we’ll keep here so my cousin has access to the books whenever she pleases (once she’s off punishment) and can take them with her when she goes off to school I thought I’d ask you guys for some input.
What we don’t need: Tolkien & Lewis. We already have multiple copies of LotR, Hobbit, Silmarillion, & the Chronicles, as I’ve been buying hardbacks to replace paperbacks. Likewise Heinlein.