Holly Jolly Reading; Your Holiday Book-Buying Guide!

The only thing better than buying books for yourself is buying books for gifts!  And with the holiday shopping season upon us (see ya in the Barns & Noble line!), I thought I’d give you my list of the top books to give as gifts this year!
Horror:  The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson
You know that crazy relative that you have to buy a gift for, but you’d rather send to the therapist?  This intense story may be perfect for them!
Mystery:  The Woman In Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware
Give this one to the relative that needs to be kept quiet.  They will get so into the story they’ll leave you alone and you won’t have to answer any embarrassing questions.
Coffee Table: American Libraries 1730 – 1950, by Kenneth Breisch
If you are looking for a gift for the bookworm in your life, but aren’t quite sure which type of book they’re dying to dive into and which they’d avoid, then a book about libraries is perfect!
History:  The Romanovs: 1613-1918, by Simon Sebag Montefiore
For that family member stuck in the past, a history book would be an amazing gift. The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times and this book details how they turned a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest empire and how they lost it all.
Fantasy: The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1), by Patrick Rothfuss
For that annoying cousin who won’t stop talking about Game of Thrones or Harry Potter, convert them to a new obsession with a fantasy book.  This is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
(BONUS – this is #1 in the series.  That means when cousin’s birthday comes around you already know that #2 will have your gift shopping done!)
Cookbooks:  The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!: Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives, by Ree Drummond
If you know a cook who follows Ree’s blog then this book is for them.  This is her newest cookbook, so odds are that cook in your family doesn’t have it yet.  It’s full of recipes that are full of simple widely-available ingredients and she adds in a splash of humor along the way.
Non-Fiction:  Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, by Richard H. Thaler and Cass. R. Sunstein
Do you have a family member on your gift list who is always trying to persuade you into thinking the way they do?  This book is about how we make choices and how we can make better ones.
I hope you like this list and feel free to comment below if you plan on buying books for gifts this year!
Happy reading (and book buying)!


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