Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Books to Buy For All the Readers on Your List

It's officially Christmastime -- and gift-shopping time! As a devout bookworm myself, I love to buy books as presents but sometimes it can be hard to choose the right book for certain people. Hopefully this list will help you shop for both the booknerds and the reluctant readers on your list! I've read and loved almost all the book below -- and the few I haven't gotten to yet are highly recommended. They're mostly newer releases with a few older books thrown in. Happy shopping!

(I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish to share my list. Head over and check out hundreds of other gift guides there!)

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

 Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (in a tie for my fave book of the year)
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye (an awesome Jane Eyre re-telling)
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (I haven't read this family saga yet but I've heard so many good things about it!)
The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron
 Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalvan
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthoney Doerr
The Lasts Days of Night by Graham Moore
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
The Fireman by Joe Hill 
The Passage by Justin Cronin

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
You by Caroline Kepnes
The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

 A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (witches, vampires, daemons)
Written in Red by Anne Bishop (shapeshifters, vampires, elementals)
 A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (early- to mid-1900s Russia)
To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey (late 1800s Washington state and Alaska)
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain (1920s Kenya)

In the Woods by Tana French (Dublin Murder Squad #1)
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #1)
Still Life by Louise Penny (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1)
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (Detective Hodges #1, more of a detective story than a mystery, but I wanted to make sure it got on the list and this was the most appropriate place)
And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander (Lady Emily #1)

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (all of Kate's books fit in this category!)
A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
My Life in France by Julia Child
Delicious by Ruth Reichl 

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the America City by Matthew Desmond
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Grunt: The Curious Life of Humans at War by Mary Roach
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

 One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
Let's Pretend This Never Happened A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson (the funniest book I have ever read)
You Have to Fucking Eat by Adam Mansbach (perfect for parents of toddlers!)

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (great book for people who don't read much fantasy, also good for teens)
Uprooted by Naomi Novik (ditto above)
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
 (Here are some great lesser-known titles that the bookworm in your life might not've read yet.)


 Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer (mystery set in Scotland with an autistic protagonist)
The Daily Coyote: A Story of Love, Survival and Trust in the Wilds of Wyoming by Shreve Stockton (woman moves to middle-of-nowhere Wyoming and adopts an orphaned coyote; amazing photos!)
Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre (a phenomenal war story written by an Iraq veteran)
The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne (memoir by a reference librarian and strongman with Tourette's)
The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy (American comes of age in 1950s Paris)

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

(Because, let's face it, there are lots of books geared toward women. But I've read nearly all of these and I can tell you with certainty that they're unisex!)

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If there are any kids on your shopping list, this book is ador-a-ble! (I love the entire Bear series. The board book of "Bear Snores On" is my go-to baby shower gift.)


  1. I love your list!! I've read quite a few on here and have even more on my wish list of TBR. I really want to read Uprooted, The Bone Seaon, The Fifth Seaon, and Ready Player One. Thanks so much for the awesome list!
    My Top Ten

    1. Oh and we have Bear Stays Up and we love it! So cute!

  2. A very thorough list of great choices for book-gifting this year! Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Here's my Holiday Gift Guide!

  3. This is such a great comprehensive list!! I have read and loved some - a bunch on my TBR and I think some I will add. I don't have many bookish people to shop for so it is just me really :)

  4. Wow! This is an incredible list! Happy to see Lily and the Octopus on it. I loved that book! My list is 10 book for men, but you really outdid me on that front. Happy Holidays!

  5. I LOVE THIS LIST! I agree with half of it (because the other half, I haven't read). And that other half would definitely be on my high pile of TBRs. LOL

    Great list
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday if you want to check it out: https://thehogsmeadereader.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/ten-magical-gifts-any-potterhead-will-love/

  6. Wow, there are so many good books on this list. I've know I've purchased a few myself after seeing your reviews the past few months. I STILL need to read Lily and the Octopus. I know it will be sad but I WILL get to it soon!

  7. What a great list of books! You have a few I've read and a few I haven't, but want to. :-) I ended up getting my father-in-law a copy of Grunt for Christmas. I haven't yet read it, but I have enjoyed other books by Mary Roach (Stiff is my favorite by her). I had given my mother-in-law a copy of A Man Called Ove a couple years ago and she adored it. Moloka'i is one of my all time favorite books. I loved the audio version of Ready Player One. I really want to read Uprooted and A Darker Shade of Magic. I could go on and on. Haha. I love your list, Lindsay. It's very comprehensive.

  8. This is just a wonderful gift list! I love your choices. I counted 10 that I already read from above, and enjoyed, and several more than I already was hoping to get my hands on. Thanks for sharing this-- especially with fun categories-- you have probably helped more than a few bloggers come up with an idea!

  9. Thanks for this list! I didn't even know about half of these and I have seen a few on your other lists that reminded me that I wanted to read them! Haha. Now I can't wait to get the Bear books for my girls!

  10. Great list! I love your selections for dogs and for non fiction. Lily & The Octopus makes me teary still just thinking about it! I just finished Lauren Graham's book and loved it, too!


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