Will this book make the person feel understood, not judged?
Does this book fill a need that the receiver has expressed?
Do I personally cherish this book?
Does the person realistically have time for another book?
See the entire piece at http://bookriot.com/2017/04/18/the-right-and-wrong-way-to-give-books-as-gifts/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Riot%20Rundown&utm_term=BookRiot_TheRiotRundown_Tue-Thur.
Maybe a bookstore gift card is better and the recipient has the fun of choosing a book?
Sometimes people don’t want to gift a book but want to recommend titles to others; this too can be fraught with peril. Michelle Anne Schingler wrote “25 Terrible Book Recommendations” for BookRiot: http://bookriot.com/2017/07/17/twenty-five-terrible-book-recommendations/. How about recommending Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle as the prize for winning a hot dog eating contest?