Books Make the Best Gifts

As I have blogged about before, every year I make a list of books that I want for Christmas. I give it to my family and then I promise not to buy any of the books on the list. I don’t expect to get them all but I like to give them some variety. I love to get books as gifts which should be obvious but I also like to give books as gifts. I like to consider who they are and what they might like and then to see how excited they are when they open them (although in all honesty, not every gets as excited as I do). In this spirit, I thought I would share my list and why I’m interested in each book.

The Most of Nora Ephron by Nora Ephron – I recently watched a documentary about Nora Ephron called Everything Is Copy in HBO and I was fascinated by her, her life, her stories and I resolved right then to read her material. I saw this book and thought it was as good a place as any to start!

Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward – this is one of the books I have seen on many lists and I have more than a couple screenshots of it on my phone to remind me that I want to read it. It’s won some awards and been recognized for other accomplishments which always make me look but really, the story intrigued me.

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur – I loved her first collection so much that I keep it on my bedside table and often read a few poems before going to bed. I might have made a mistake in putting it on the list because it’s meant I have to wait so long.

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates – I read a fantastic article in The Atlantic by Coates called My President Was Black and I wanted to read more, to learn more. In case you’re interested, here is a link to that article:

Sticky Fingers by Joe Hagan – the full title is Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine. If reading is my first love, music is a very close second and I can remember reading somewhere that Wenner gave Hagan a full “backstage pass” – the review seemed to say it’s got all of it, the good, the bad and the ugly. It seems like it will be a fascinating read.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson – I’ve seen this book pop up in lots of places and the truth is, sometimes I care too much. A little assistance in that area can’t hurt and I just love the title.

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz – I was a fan of Stieg Larsson’s original three novels (starting with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and while I was hesitant to read Lagercrantz’s first effort at continuing the story, I was pleasantly surprised. I can’t wait to see where he takes Lisbeth.

Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths for a Better Life by Humble the Poet – this is a Heather’s Pick at Indigo and Heather Reisman shared it on RECO and said the following about it:

Heather Reco Post

Made me want to read it!

SHE – Kate Spade New York – this is a beautiful coffee table book. I already have one of Kate Spade New York’s coffee table books and I enjoyed it. This one looks interesting and it will match my aesthetic. And in case you were wondering, yes, I read the books before they become display items on my coffee table!

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman – this one has a bit of history for me as I read Hoffman’s Practical Magic in grade 12 for an English project – fantasy and science fiction were the focus and I okayed it with the teacher. I loved it and then I loved the movie and every now and then, I come back to either of them. The Rules of Magic is a prequel to Practical Magic! How could I not, just for my teenage self!

The list is in no specific order and I would be happy to open one, two or all of the above on Christmas morning.

Follow my Instagram account @acaptivatedreader and I’ll share some other great book gift ideas! And if you think I missed something (I know I did), let me know as I love book recos!

Happy gifting!


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