Best Book Gifts for Everyone on Your List

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As I mentioned in my earlier gift guide for travelers post, gift giving is not one of my natural love languages. What I am good at? Recommending books. I’ve created a guide to book gifts for everyone on your list.

My family has started a tradition that my bookish heart adores. For each person in our family, we give something they need, something they want, something to wear, and something to read.

You can guess which category comes most easily to me.

If you are hoping to give the gift of books this year, let me be your guide to the best book gifts.

Before I jump into specific books, I have to mention the best gift for readers who travel. My Kindle Oasis is easily one of the most used things in my backpack. It’s lightweight, great for outdoor and indoor reading, and adjusts lighting automatically. It is even waterproof to stave off accidental water spills or dunks in the pool. The Kindle Paperwhite is another great more budget alternative.

As is always the case for any product I recommend here, everything that you see on this gift guide would make the cut if I was packing for a long-term trip tomorrow. Would I suggest the bulkier books be Kindle editions? Sure, I would.

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Best Books to Gift Your Dad Who Always Wins at Trivial Pursuit, Can’t Resist a Heist Movie, and Secretly Wishes He Was Maverick in Top Gun 

My Dad’s only request for his books this Christmas? Pick good ones. I’m translating that to mean action-packed and plot-driven.

Here are the books that are on my short list to gift my Dad this Christmas.

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Artemis by Andy Weir because a story written by the author of The Martian about a heist on the moon is precisely the kind of fun book he likes to read around the holidays.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch because it’s mind bending and surprising. Plus, it’s on his Christmas list.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson because it’s rumored to be adapted into a movie soon and we both loved Larson’s Dead Wake.

The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz because it reads like an action movie and has been called the best thing since Jason Bourne.

Best Books to Gift Your Mom Who Falls Asleep Reading Every Night,  Knows the Name of Every Flower, and Wouldn’t Mind Traveling Back to a Simpler Time

My mom had one special request when it came to books this year – no more World War II. She’s already plowed through a handful of books this year set in that time period (like The Nightingale and All The Light We Cannot See) and wants to explore a new era.

These are my picks for best books to gift your mom this Christmas.

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The Glass Ocean by Beatriz William, Lauren Willig, and Karen White because following three women through life and love, all set on the final voyage of the HMS Lusitania ship, sounds right up her alley.

In His Father’s Footsteps by Danielle Steele because you vaguely remember her nightstand covered in Danielle Steele novels growing up.

The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki because a riveting historical fiction book set in a forgotten era is just what she asked for. This one is the 1853 love story of  “Sisi” the Duchess of Bavaria and one of the most important men of the time, Emperor Franz Joseph Habsburg.

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory because you know she’s enjoyed TV series set in this time period (like The Tudors and Reign) and gifting the first book in a series is like gifting the bonus of more book recommendations for her if she likes the first.

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh because she’ll get to brush up on her gardening knowledge while immersing herself in 1900’s London.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn because who doesn’t love a good spy novel. Bonus: one of her book club friends recommended it to her earlier in the year too.

Best Books to Gift Your Little Sister Who Fast Forwards Through the Sad Parts of Movies, Listens to Christmas Music in October, and Still Remembers That Ramona Quimby’s Sister Was Named Beezus

My sister also had a special request when it came to her books – fiction only. This year, she wants her reading to be an escape from the real world, not a further investigation of it.

Here are my book suggestions for little sisters like mine.

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Alex & Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz because she loves a good trilogy and I’d bet she’s listened to the Hamilton soundtrack a few times.

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis Box Set because you are never too old to reread a wintertime classic and, in the words of author C.S. Lewis himself, “one day, you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert because young adult fantasy is her genre of choice and the cover is simply gorgeous.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard because any book promising twists and turns with a dash of royalty and revolution mixed in, sounds about right.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo because you can’t shut up about how much she would love it. Bonus, the black-edged pages of the hardcover make an impressive gift unwrapping.

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger because there is finally a sequel to Devil Wears Prada and she will probably love it.

Best Books to Gift Your Friend Who Says She Wants to Read More But Needs a Nudge in the Right Direction

We all have this friend, don’t we? The one that says “Oh, I should read more” when you mention a book you’ve picked up recently or a quiet Friday night in. Encourage her to take a walk on the good literary side with these entertaining and, yes, short reads.

Here are my book suggestions to give your friends this holiday season.

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Bossypants by Tina Fey or Yes Please by Amy Poehler because she’s the Tina to your Amy or vice versa.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan because she hasn’t seen the movie (yet) but you know she’ll love it.

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center because easy reads don’t have to be superficial.

Is Everyone Hanging Without Me? by Mindy Kaling because this book literally made you laugh out loud.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan because she was royal wedding obsessed.

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