Books are my favorite gifts to give and get. I'm always looking for new books, and it seems like depending on the moment I'm either rich in books to read or I'm desperate to find a new book to add to my list.
Here are a few books I'd recommend for your gift giving this holiday season:
My Favorites from 2013:
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. This is a quick, fantastical read. It took me back to my days adoring Madeline L'engle and dreaming of the magical worlds hidden in plain site.
The Fault in our Stars by John Green. Just read it. or gift it. Mortality and great, painful beauty collide in this emotional page turner.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. Loved all of it: the characters, the plot, the rich description and the anticipation. This one took me a while to make it all the way through, but I thought it was definitely worth it.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. One of the most moving and stirring books I've read in a really long time.
My All-Time Favorites:
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Definitely one of my favorite books of all time. For lovers of music, fate, and classes colliding, you must read this book.
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende. A book of firsts for me: my first adventure as a teenager into the world of magical realism and the first time I ever read Allende. I could read this book again and again.
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. This book changed my life. I read a single page from this book and was motivated to find my long lost biological father. So I did (find him) within 24 hours. This is a book that will hit you in the core. Poignantly beautiful.
Next on my to-read list:
Recently on my birthday I purchased all of these books (except Daring Greatly) as presents to myself (along with The Joy of X, Made by Hand, Flight Behavior, and The Orphan Master's Son). I don't know too much about any of them except what friends have mentioned and what I've read in passing. I'm looking forward to devouring these over the holidays.
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
tinkers by Paul Harding (Pulitzer Prize winner)
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. Saw her Ted Talk and was blown away.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Do you like giving books as gifts during the holidays? What's on your to-read list this year?
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