Christmas is around the corner and we’re probably all trying to figure out what we want to give to our loved ones. I find Christmas to be the perfect opportunity to share my favourite books with my relatives and friends, even if they’re not perennial readers. Some of them probably haven’t met with a book that truly resonated with them and maybe your gift would be the one that will change their lives. So choose wisely!
There’s noting better than a sock full of books right?! With their small size, these books are the perfect choice to stuff in any Christmas stocking: The Vintage Minis Series, Penguin Little Black Classics, Penguin Little Modern Classics and Everyman’s Library Pocket Classics.
For the fantasy lovers…
These are all part of a series, except for The Night Circus, but I’m pretty sure that after they read the first book, they would want to finish the rest of the books!
I haven’t read that many graphic novels, however, the few that I’ve read have been phenomenal, both in art style and also writing and plot. If you’re looking for a fun fantasy story that is perfect for young adults, then Nimona is your best choice. If you want a fantasy story with a more philosophical undertone, you should check out The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, a beautiful collection of stories about Gods, monsters, kings, medicine men, brothers and sisters and true love.
I would recommend Saga for a more mature audience because it contains graphic and sexual scenes. This series is amazing in every possible way. The artwork is impeccable and the plot will make you devour the pages in seconds. There are currently 9 volumes but honestly I want hundreds!
Nothing like the perfect classic…
There are obviously so many classics to choose from, but I coulnd’t pass up the opportunity to recommend three of my favourites that I’ve read this year: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, 1984 by George Orwell and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Back in time…
These books are for those people who love going back in time and immerse themselves in a world rich in history. If you have any relatives or friends who do not read that often but love watching historical fiction films or series, then I think these books would be right up their alley. City of Thieves, Atonement, All the Light we cannot See and The Book Thief are all set during WWII but in different countries: Russia, England, France and Germany.
The Miniaturist is set during 17th century Amsterdam and is a beautiful and mysterious story with a magical undertone. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is also magical in it’s own way and truly heartwarming. It is set in 1930 Paris and is filled with intricate drawings that make you feel like you’re watching a silent movie instead of reading the book.
Unlike the previously mentioned books, Homegoing takes place on a span of a number of years, following multiple generations of the same family, each with their own struggles and hardships. You can check out my review here.
For those who love to scare themselves to death:
A book about introverts, a series about different artists and a book about the history of humankind. All of them are captivating in their own way.
And last but not least, you can never go wrong with some gorgeous editions of books. There are so many to choose from so it was really hard to narrow it down!
- Penguin Orange Collection series: a beautiful collection that showcases twelve influential and beloved American classics, such as East of Eden by John Steinbeck, On the Road by Jack Kerouac and The Crucible by Arthur Miller.
- Penguin Clothbound Classics: Bound in cloth and with a unique design for each book, these editions are beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside.
- Penguin F. Scott Fitzgerald Hardback Collection: These gorgeous and vibrant covers evoke the glamour and beauty of the 1920s and they complement Fitzgerald’s writing perfectly.
- Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions: These gorgeous editions are a literal marriage of art and literature, with a unique interpretation of famous classics represented in their creative covers.
- The Penguin Classics book: a perfect reader’s companion to the largest collection of classics literature, encompassing over 500 authors and introducing you to thousand of classic books. Basically this is the kind of book that makes you buy even more books!
- What We See In The Stars by Kelsey Oseid: A beautifully illustrated and highly informative book about the stars, constellations, planets and the beauty of the night sky. It’s a great introduction to a very complex topic with wonderful illustrations and overall design.
- Harry Potter Hogwarts House Editions: These books would truly make the perfect gift for your Potterhead friends!
Do you have any gift ideas in mind? I hope you all have a lovely Christmas!