Book Gifts 2022 #EveryoneGetsABook #BooksAsGifts #TopTenTuesday

Ideas For Book Gifts

Do you give book gifts? If you have books on your gift-giving list this year, I have some recommendations for you!

Book Ideas for Gift Giving (Christmas coffee cup and Christmas tree and lights image)

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*Titles are linked to my review which contains Amazon affiliate links.

For this Book Gift post, I’ve drawn from my RECENT reads (even though they may not have been published this year). Please read my linked reviews for content summaries and possible trigger warnings. You might also enjoy pursuing the gift list from 2021.

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: December Freebie.
(more than ten books….oops!)

TTT That Arsy Reader Girl Christmas

Contemporary Women’s Fiction

The Christmas Castle in Scotland by Julie Caplin

Once Upon a December by Amy E. Reichert (magical realism)

Christmas at the Borrow a Bookshop by Kiley Dunbar (books about books)

A Brighter Flame by Christine Nolfi

Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

For Readers Looking For Diverse Reads

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (mature middle grade and older)

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson (family drama)

Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe (contemporary)

The Thread Collectors by Shaunna J. Edwards (Civil War)

For Fans of Literary Fiction

(heavily character-driven)

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan (novella)

The Winners by Fredrik Backman (#3 in the Beartown series)

Lucy By the Sea by Elizabeth Strout


An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

Atomic Habits by James Clear

The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore (narrative nonfiction and my fav NF of the year)

I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet by Shauna Niequest (Christian memoir)

For Middle Grade

A Rover’s Story by Jasmine Warga (Science Fiction, STEM)

A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus (WW11 histfic for readers who loved The War That Saved My Life)

Isaiah Dunn Saves the Day by Kelly J. Baptist (diverse read, followup to Isaiah Dunn is My Hero)

For Mature Middle Grade and Young Adult

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (diverse read, “own voices”)

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys (and highly recommended for adults)

For Fans of Historical Fiction

The Girl From Guernica by Karen Robards (spoiler: my fav of the year)

The Next Ship Home: A Novel of Ellis Island by Heather Webb

The Sisters of Sea View by Julie Classen

That Summer in Berlin by Lecia Cornwall

A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connelley (the Titanic and Carpathia)

When We Had Wings by Ariel Lawhon

The Winter Orphans by Kristin Beck

The Belle of Belgrave Square by Mimi Matthews

Kit McBride Gets a Wife by Amy Barry (uplit)

The Forgotten Cottage by Courtney Ellis

The Thread Collectors by Shaunna J. Edwards

The German Wife by Kelly Rimmer

The Codebreaker’s Secret by Sara Ackerman

Our Last Days in Barcelona by Chanel Cleeton

The Matchmaker’s Gift by Lynda Cohen Loigman

A Hundred Crickets Singing by Cathy Gohlke

The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan

The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michelle Richardson (follow up to The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek)


a stack of three hardback books tied with silver and gold ribbon

More Ideas For Book Gifts:

Books as Gifts 2021
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!

Happy Reading Book Buddies!

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~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

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~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

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  1. Delighted to see the Keegan on your list – it’s a really special book.

    Everyone in my family will be getting book gifts from me again this year – my dad gets the most because he races through them. So his gift is a basket of books that he gets to unwrap one a month through the year

  2. You know, I usually don’t give books as gifts unless I for sure know which one someone wants. Otherwise, it’s just too hard to guess. I go for gift cards instead so they can choose books for themselves. Not as thoughtful, but practical! You’ve given a lot of great recommendations here, though. A PLACE TO HANG THE MOON is one of my favorite middle-grade books ever. It’s wonderful!

    Happy TTT!


  3. I love giving books as gifts. That is usually my go-to for most special occasions tbh. Thanks for the list of diverse reads! I actually found some presents for myself instead *lol* Oops! My recent book club book is now my #1 book present for most of my girlfriends. As a middle-aged woman I find that a lot of modern romance novels tend to focus on younger characters which is fun….but I do enjoy a relatable romance every now and then. My book club found “The Placeholder” by Lynda Wolters and we all LOVED IT. I do want to preface this by saying it’s a great book for non-romance and romance fans alike. The main character, Sera, loses everything in a nasty divorce with her ex who ends up with a younger, more fertile option. She finds herself in her 40s, in a motel, swiping on dating apps. Luckily, she has a wonderful friend (and boss) Carolyn who helps her on her journey and encourages her to find a “placeholder” to have fun with while she looks for Mr. Right. Zac is a gorgeous, ex-marine, booty call that is definitely a fun distraction until she starts falling for him. I know this seems like it could almost be a “romantic comedy” but…. there are some serious twists and turns that I did not see coming. I also love the friendship between Carolyn and Sera. It’s genuine and snarky and they do end up going through a lot together…. I feel like this is a deep piece of contemporary women’s fiction in disguise as a romance read. Does that make sense? I don’t want to give too much away but this is a fantastic book and a great gift for any woman.
    Happy Holidays

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