How to find the Best Gifts for the Book Lovers in your life.

If you are a regular reader in these parts, then you know I am an avid reader. My monthly reading lists are my favorite posts to put together, and I LOVE getting your recommendations on what to read next – I often find myself shopping off of your comments.

With the holidays upon us, who better to turn to for holiday gifts than then Barnes & Noble. This year they created a special Holiday Gift Guide . Barnes & Noble has enhanced it by segmenting it into curated lists that reflect the common questions customers ask booksellers in-store, making gift-giving a more seamless experience. You can shop by recipient, and categories include “Headline-Worthy Gifts For Political Junkies,” “Must-Have Fiction Books of 2017,” and “Captivating Books for the History Buff” to tailor gifts to the hobbies and interests of any and every gift recipient. My personal favorite (obviously!) is “Up All Night Reads for the Thriller Obsessed…” but there’s truly something for everyone which makes finding the perfect gift for the harder to shop for recipient a cinch.

This month, after combing through your suggestions + comments on my reading list, I was particularly drawn to three of your recommendations: Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History (another political memoir), My Absolute Darling (it sounds amazing but also very emotional & graphic), and The Alice Network (more historical fiction). I’m planning to order those + a few more books for friends + my family. (My dad is so hard to shop for so I always get him a few books.

Whether I end up gifting or just keeping for myself – I am excited to use this holiday tool while reading these new finds.


photography by Trent Bailey. Created in partnership with Barnes & Noble.

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  1. Books are for sure one of my favourite gifts to receive. I love it when people know my favourite genres and tastes and choose a surprisingly good book for me! 🙂

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  2. The Alice Network was so good! My dad is also so hard to shop for, so I always get him books. 75% of the time it’s a book he hasn’t read yet 🙂

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    • Same!!! Dads are the HARDEST to shop for!!

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      • Cy:

        One year I went to Sephora and bought my dad a beautiful ( and expensive) candle for his bathroom. I asked later how he liked it. ” oh honeys it’s perfect, but it’s too nice to burn” Really dad what are saving it for? Lucky for my stepmother, it still was fragrant even to make the bathroom smell good

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  3. sydnee:

    Definitely going to check out “Up All Night Reads for the Thriller Obsessed…”. Love thrillers!

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  4. Oh my gosh this post is perfect!
    Barnes & Noble is one of my favorite places EVER. I used to make my mom take me at least 3 times a week when I was younger, and I’d spend hours there. Love this holiday guide from them….definitely more useful for me 😉

    Happy Friday!
    Pink Champagne Problems

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    • Mine too!!!! And same… I would spend HOURS when I was younger… and then once I got a little older she’d just leave me while she ran errands. 🙂 Happy Friday, Dana!

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  5. Grace:

    My Absolute Darling was such a disappointment to me after all the hype! I had a lot of quibbles but mainly the writing style was too repetitive – the author used way too many adjectives over and over again, and worst of all, he wrote about teenagers like he’s never met one before. Their dialogue was so unrealistic, it really takes you out of the moment. That being said, the main character and the “villain” made a strong impression and were very memorable.

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  6. When I was younger we would donate our used/read books to local shelters and for the books donated my mom would purchase us new ones. I haven’t done this since she passed about 7 years ago. After reading your post I am inspired to continue the tradition and by myself a book for every donation!

    Thank you for the suggestions and have a great weekend, Grace!

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  7. elizabeth ashley:

    I like your sweater! Where is it from?

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  8. I take my kids to Barnes & Noble at least once a week. My 2.5 year old son LOVES going to the “bookstore!”

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  9. Cy:

    I love this! Always love your book recommendations. I’ve always been an avid bookworm

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  10. Maggie (cat lover & avid reader):

    I am re-reading Alyssa Mastromonaco’s book because I just started listening to Pod Save America and I wanted to refresh my memory on where the hosts fit into her journey. I’m torn on what my next book is going to be, either Katy Tur’s book or Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Book. My Amazon Wishlist just exploded with all the recommendations on the political junkie list.

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    • I love that! The funny thing is, I finished her book and literally the DAY AFTER (without having mentioned her book) someone told me to listen to Pod Save America. I immediately put two and two together and was so excited to get to listen to the hosts, after reading Alyssa’s story.

      I just got Katy Tur’s book… Ruth’s is next!!!

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