If you received a book as a gift or a book from someone as a gift, you might want to send the person a thank you note or thank you message.
What can you say when thanking someone for a book?
What to say in your message is the hard part. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
- What did you learn from the book?
- Why did you like the book?
- What stood out to you the most about the book?
- Why are you grateful that you received the book?
- Was the book given to you for your birthday or a holiday?
The answers to the questions above will be used to shape the thank you message. You can also include the book title in your message or work through these sentence completion exercises.
If you need to see a thank you note template, click here. The examples are going to the message part of the note only.
If writing a handwritten note, you will still need to include the opening, closing, and signing your name at the end. You can download and print free cards here.
You may also want to review the “thank you for letting me borrow” sample messages as there is a section for books. The messages there can be modified (by removing the references to borrowing) to work for a book that was a gift.
Also, not all of the examples start with “Thank you for the book” or “Thanks for the book,” which is one of my tips for writing better thank you notes.
Thank you for the book example messages
Note: Words in [brackets] should be replaced as appropriate for your note.
#1 Thank you for giving me [book title] for [event/holiday]. I enjoyed reading it because [reason]. And I also learned [what you learned]. I appreciate that you thought of me.
#2 Thank you for giving me [book title] for my birthday. I learned so much about how to automate my finances. The methods will help me to save more money and to reach my financial goals more quickly.
#3 I loved the book about cat breeds that you give me for Christmas. The pictures will help me identify various breeds, and I learned more about the characteristics of each breed.
#4 Thank you for the book you gave me last week! You choose a great story for me to read. I have already read it and loved the love story in it. I enjoyed it so much that I plan to read the entire series.
#5 I want to thank you for the book you gave me about [topic]. I was able to relate to the ways [author name] talks about his personal experiences. I am confident that the recommendations for handling [topic]. You were right when you told me that I needed to read [book title]. Getting help from a book is easier for me than discussing problems with my friends.
#6 Thank you for the cookbook for Christmas. You are wonderful at selecting gifts. So far, I’ve made two recipes, and I like reading the little stories that come before the recipes.
#7 I loved reading [book title]. Thank you for giving it to me for Christmas. I could relate so well to the story, and of course, you know that I enjoy a good romance!
#8 You are great at picking out books for me! Thank you for introducing me to the [series name] book series. And I always look forward to what new book you will be giving to me next.
#9 The book on drawing cats has been very beneficial when I make acrylic cat paintings. The cats are starting to look more like cats. Thank you for giving me the book for my birthday.
#10 Thank you for [book title]. I will look forward to reading it during my upcoming vacation. The story sounds interesting, and it was thoughtful of you to give me a book to read on the plane.
#11 I am glad that we both enjoy reading so much. Thank you for sharing [book title] with me. It was a great mystery, and we can discuss it the next time we see each other for lunch. I didn’t want to wait until then to say thank you!
#12 Thank you for the Ramit Sethi book. His way of managing money and earning more makes sense to me! I will implement his methods soon and let you know the progress that [spouse name] and I make.
#13 I very much enjoyed the [author name] book you gave me last week. The story felt so real, and it was funny too! And I learned a for cooking tips from it, which I didn’t expect. I will be passing this book on to my mom as I think she will enjoy it too.
#14 I was shocked when you gave me the book last week. I have learned so much about [topic] from it. Thank you for thinking of me when you saw it at the secondhand store. It’s been a delight to read.
#15 Thank you for the how-to cookbook. I liked how easy it was to learn basic skills and make recipes that also taste great. The next time you are in town, I feel confident that I can make you a simple dinner to show you how much I’ve learned. Let’s make a plan soon!
#16 [Book title] was a fantastic book! Thank you for giving me the book and introducing me to science fiction fantasy. I am hooked and will be looking for more books by [author name] to read next.
#17 I am thankful for you and your book choices! Once again, I enjoyed reading a book that you gave to me. I liked every page of [book title]. Would you please let me know if you have any similar books that I could read?
#18 Thanks for the books! My kids were thrilled to read through all of your son’s old Berenstain Bear books. Someday we will pay it forward and pass them on to another young reader.
#19 Thanks for the book. Reading through [book title] was a delight. The pictures of the [animals, house, whatever] were wonderful and added to my enjoyment of the book. Maybe someday I will be able to take pictures as well as [Author Name].