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10 Books to Give for Christmas

Hello friends! Christmas is right around the corner and it’s time to get your friends and family some books for Christmas! Don’t worry because I’ve got every person on your list covered.

For the person who needs some self-care & a kick in the butt:

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero: One of my all-time favorite books that I’ve had recommended to me by multiple people and then have gone forward and recommending it to others. It will help you get out of any kind of slump whether it be a break-up, anxiety bout, unemployment, etc. If you need self-love and some work to do on your brain— read this book and def give it for Christmas to anybody who needs it!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: Eleanor Oliphant struggles with social interactions and people in general until she meets Raymond, an IT guy at work. After they bond over saving an elderly man whose fallen on the sidewalk, Raymond starts to help Eleanor through her struggles. Loved this book— such a heart-warming read that’s good for the beach, a long weekend, or really anytime.

For the YA-loving budding activist:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: I reviewed this book on my blog already here. Starr Carter witnesses her childhood friend, Khalil, get shot while he was unarmed. Starr struggles with telling the truth as she worries for the outcome of her own life and her families’. So, so good and should be on everyone’s reading list.

We Should all by Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: This was an essay Adichie wrote that was so well-received that they made it into a little bound book. I love it and it’s a great gift for a quick, but poignant read!

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For the documentarian: 

Hatching Twitter by Nick Bolton: Great story of how Twitter was founded and all of the drama that ensued. Written more like fiction than non-fiction so it was incredibly gripping, but true! Definitely will give you an interesting insight to one of our biggest social media platforms.

For the romantic: 

Landline by Rainbow Rowell: Georgie McCool is married to Neal, and their marriage is not exactly where it’s supposed to be. When Georgie tells Neal she can’t go home to their parent’s home in Omaha for Christmas, she doesn’t expect him and the kids to go without her— but he does. That night she mysteriously finds a way to communicate with Neal in the past and is given the chance to try and fix her marriage one phone call at a time. I LOVED THIS. Even better that it’s set in the holidays!

For a sentimental parent: 

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: I gave this to my mom last Christmas and we both loved it. A.J. Fikry is a bookstore owner in a sleepy town and while struggling with dwindling book sales, and the loss of his most rare book, an unexpected package arrives at his door.

For the WW2 obsessed: 

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: Probably one of my favorite books of all time— if you haven’t read this, what are you waiting for? Let’s keep it simple— A blind French girl and a German boy collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Better than you’re expecting, I guarantee it.

For your niece/nephew:

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: The Lightning Thief is the first in a children’s series about a camp that houses half-bloods, sons and daughter of the Greek Gods. Percy Jackson finds out he’s part God and is thrust into a journey with his friends that will decide the fate of the world! These are so cute and fun to read— highly recommend for any age.

For the Worldly Reader:

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Chimamanda is one of my favorite authors and I just talked about this book here (finished and loved it). This goes into Nigeria’s struggle with the secession of Biafra and three character’s journeys to escape the violence that follows. So very good.

OKAY, hope that helps you pick up some last minute books for Christmas. What are your favorite books to give out during the holidays? I’d love to know!


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