December 7, 2021
Ideas For Books as Gifts
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When I look at my reading list, most of the books fall into stories that women might enjoy (hence, Reading Ladies); however, my reading occassionally spills over into books that both men and women might enjoy. So please understand that I lean heavily toward reads for women.
For this Book Gift post, I’ve drawn from my RECENT reads (even though they may have been published a few years ago) and from recently published books.
I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie……
(more than ten books and ten categories….oops!)
For Sister, Mom, Grandma, Aunt, or BFF
Three Words For Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor
The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan
The Social Graces by Renee Rosen
The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner
Our Italian Summer by Jennifer Probst
Yours Cheerfully by A.J. Pearce
Love and Lavender by Josi S. Kilpack
For Husband, Brother, Dad, Granddad, or Uncle
Project Hail Mary (the audio version!) by Andy Weir,
performed by Ray Porter (same author as The Martain)
The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede
(published in 2011 but read this year on the 20th anniversary of 9-11)
This Tender Land by Willian Kent Kreuger
The Answer Is….: Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebik
For Middle Grade
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga (female main character & a male friend)
Ghost by Jason Reynolds (male main character but the team has girls and boys) ….this is the first book in a Track series
(published in 2016 but read this year)
Isaiah Dunn is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist (male main character)
The Next Great Jane by K.L. Going (female main character & male friend)
***For ALL the Middle Grade book lists visit Afoma @ Reading Middle Grade.
For Young Adult ( 13-16)
All I Want For Christmas is the Girl Next Door by Chelsea Bobulski (male main character and female friend; contemporary teen romance)
For Mature Young Adult
The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (female main character)
Love is a Revolution by Renee Watson (female main character)
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir–the audio version! (science fiction; male main character…some language)
For Fans of Design
For Fans of Historical Fiction
(all of these are candidates for favs of the year)
Love and Lavender by Josi S. Kilpack
The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin
Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi
Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan
The Invisible Woman by Erika Robuck
Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly
The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton
For Fans of Science Fiction
Project Hail Mary (the audio version!) by Any Weir and performed by Ray Porter
(this will be on my favs of the year list)
For Fans of Memoir
Dolly Parton, Songeller: My Life in Lyrics by Dolly Parton
The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
(published in 2017 but read this year)
For Fans of Christian Fiction
The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady by Sharon J. Mondragon
For Fans of Complex and Ambitious Stories (by a prize winning author)
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
For Fans of Nonfiction
The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede (9-11 in Gander, Newfoundland)
(published in 2011 but read this year for the 20th anniversary of 9-11)….follow up with the musical, Come From Away (on Broadway and streaming on Apple TV +)
For Fans of Books About Books
The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin
The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams (my current read)
For Fans of Quirky Reads
The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley
For Fans of Complicated Family Drama
The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
For Fans of Thoughtful Contemporary Fiction
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Books as Gifts 2020
Books as Gifts 2019
What books are on your gift giving list?
Please let me know if you found something useful on this list for gift giving!
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Thanks Carol, there are some great suggestions here! I think I’d love to read Anthony Doerr as I loved All the Light We Cannot See.
It’s quite different Debbie! But I enjoyed it! Maybe for next winter!
Great idea Carol!
Thanks Nicki! 🙌😍
Love your categorization, Carol💜
Thanks Jonetta! 😍🙌
Great list! I’m especially interested in the historical fiction. I’ve read a number of the titles on your list, but certainly not all of them. I love that no matter how much I read, there are always more books waiting for me!
So many books so little time!
Ooh such a detailed list of gift suggestions! I loved both The Rose Code and The Last Bookshop In London.
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/12/07/top-ten-tuesday-345/
Thanks! It’s so fun to make book recs! It’s like introducing friends!
Yes, books recs are my favourite thing to do 🙂
Project Hail Mary is a wonderful pick!
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-bookish-wintry-gifs-and-photos/
Thanks! One of my most memorable reads this year!
I really appreciate that you separated YA from Mature YA. That’s something I struggle with when looking for books for my 13 year old.
It’s increasingly a difficult age to buy for! Unfortunately, YA is becoming more and more adult in language and content and the MG can be too young! Good luck!
Now I want to read Joyful!
Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.
It’s interesting and inspirational!
Timely! I wonder if my mom would like the Dolly Parton book? —>off to google. 🙂
My freebie is here: https://fiftytwo.blog/2021/12/07/ttt-ten-books-i-feel-like-everyone-has-read-but-me/
I love DP! It’s a book that I appreciated in both formats! Physical for the pictures and audio for the singing and narration!
I want to read Dolly Parton’s Memoir. Great list. https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2021/12/top-ten-tuesday-free-little-library.html
Thanks! I hope you enjoy the DP memoir!
I really want to read Firekeeper’s Daughter and Other Words for Home! Looks like you have plenty of recent reading to use for your recommendations. 🙂
I’m happy to hear you have those two on your TBR! Happy reading Nicole!
I have Yours Cheerfully on my TBR. I’m hoping to read it soon.
Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
You might also like the first book, Dear Mrs Bird….although Yours Cheerfully can be read as a stand alone, it might be a richer read to have read the first one! Enjoy!
I read Dear Mrs. Bird earlier this year and loved it.
Great! I loved Yours Cheerfully even more! Enjoy!
Love your take on this topic! I was hoping someone would come up with ideas for giving books as gifts. I’ve heard about Dolly Parton’s book. Will have to check it out. Thanks for the suggestions!
Thanks! I hope you enjoy DP book! I enjoyed both the physical format for the pictures and the audio for the narration and singing!
Some great ideas. Delighted to see Louding Voice on here since it’s one of my favourites for 2021. I’ve bought it for my niece and one if my friends . Everyone in our family will be getting books this year.
That warms my heart to hear you are giving book gifts! And Louding Voice is a def fav! (But I read it last year so it won’t make this years list)
You probably won’t believe this but I am the only person in my family who enjoys reading! It’s a miracle I became a verocius reader when I could read chapter books in elementary school. Growing up, my parents indulged my reading passion by buying the children’s classics and taking me to the library. However, I can’t recall a singe instance when I saw them reading something other than a magazine! My brother and sister aren’t readers, and neither are their children.
My husband and son aren’t readers either (and trust me, I really tried with my son). They prefer listening to sports podcasts. At least they respect my love for reading.
You can gift yourself then! 😂 Do you have friends that enjoy reading? Thanks for sharing!
I already gifted myself a mini food processor for Christmas this year. I try to limit it to one “me” gift per year. LOL
Love it! 🙌
Great ideas and lists. I will be back to add some of these to my TBR list.
I’m happy to hear you found it helpful! 🙌
wow, what a list! I also enjoyed a lot Project Hail Mary
Thanks! PHM was so good! Especially the audio!
Great ideas, thanks!
My pleasure! 🙌
I never know what books to get people, it’s impossible to know what they already have
It’s challenging but so rewarding if you can find the perfect book!
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