My friend offered today to throw me a baby shower for 10-12 friends. I was relieved, because otherwise my mom was going to throw a shower that I thought was too big (with family and friends).
However, my friend said that if she hosts, she may institute her "books only" presents rule. Apparently she has instituted this rule before. She said that for her and others without kids or any interest in kid stuff, it is boring to sit through a shower with a bunch of practical baby gifts. She said books are better at promoting fun conversation and making the gift opening go quickly.
I am not sure that I want that many books, though, especially when there are other things I need. I also think, as a guest, I would find that confusing because books can be inexpensive and I wouldn't know how many books to buy.
I'm really uncomfortable telling her that I don't just want books, though--I'm a people pleaser and she's doing me a favor. Could I tell people about my registry on the side? Do I even have to worry about people actually complying with this rule?