"I don't like getting books as gifts. It always creates this weird pressure: You suddenly have to read some weird novel, because you know the person who gave it to you will ask what you thought of it. I don't want any gift that dictates my behavior."This is precisely why I don't subscribe to any magazines. They're like finding homework in your mailbox.
Coincidentally (if I were a writer for the Topeka Capital-Journal, I just would have misused the word "ironically", and would misuse it again before this post was over), the last book I received as a gift was authored by Mr. Klosterman.