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Books Make The Best Gifts! Running Out Of Pages Holiday Gift Guide

Books Make The Best Gifts! Running Out Of Pages Holiday Gift Guide

Hey Friends!

I always feel like the holidays come up way too fast! I come from a very small family, so shopping for gifts was never a big production for me, I just needed to shop or 2 or 3 people. Jeff, however, has a much bigger family so it’s always good to get the shopping started early!

I love to gift books and have been trying hard the last few years to give everyone on my Christmas list a book as part of their present (some have gone over really well… some not so much!). I think books make the best present’s so below I’ve got a list of some great suggestions for everyone on your list.



 The Flood Girls The Flood Girls (Richard Fifield) – This book is funny and sad and makes you feel all sorts of things. I adored it. Moloka'i

Moloka’i (Alan Brennert)A great story about the leper colonies in Hawaii for the historical fiction lover on your list.

The Almost Sisters (Joshilyn Jackson) – A family drama that spans several generations that also includes superheros and comics.


 The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1) The Beekeeper’s Apprentice – Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #1 (Laurie R. King) – My mom kept recommending these books to me and I finally read the first one and I’m so happy I did! One of the best continuations of the Sherlock Holmes world.

 The Dry (Aaron Falk, #1) The Dry (Jane Harper) – An amazing mystery set in Australia that has won/is up for a bunch of awards this year.

Murder on the Orient Express – Hercule Poirot #10 (Agatha Christie) – The movie just came out and I can’t wait to see it,Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) but–believe me–Agatha Christie can spin a mystery like no one else. Don’t worry about this being out of order for the series, this book reads pretty much like a stand alone.

 Jane Steele Jane Steele (Lyndsay Faye) – A retelling of Jane Eyre – Great for the friend/family member who loves his or her reading dark and creepy.






Fantasy/Comics/Sci Fi

 The Martian The Martian (Andy Weir) – If your friend/SO/family has been living under a rock and hasn’t read this yet do them a favor and pick up a copy for them. You could also get a copy of Andy Weir’s newest book Artemis if they’ve read and enjoyed The Martian. 

 Dark MatterDark Matter (Blake Crouch) – Sci fi at its best. Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)

Soulless – Parasol Protectorate #1 (Gail Carriger) – For a fun twist on the standard vampire/werewolf/fantasy adventure.

Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) – (Susan Dennard) – An epic fantasy series.

 The Flash: A Celebration of 75 YearsThe Flash/Batman/Wonder Woman/etc. A celebration of 75 years – A great book for the comic lover in your life (DC has about 17 options out including villains like The Joker).

Ready Player One (Ernest Cline) – For the pop culture lover or someone excited about the movie that’s coming out next year.The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1)

Paper Magician – The Paper Magician Triology #1 (Carlie Holmberg) – A fun light-hearted magical series.  

Rivers of London (Ben Aaronovitch) – Billed as Harry Potter meets police procedural and that’s not wrong.  

 Illustrated Editions of Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay (Illustrator)) –  Books 1 – 3 and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them have all been released (and I can’t wait for the rest)!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)   Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)



The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories, #1)

The Wishing Spell – The Land of Stores #1 (Chris Colfer) – I gave this to one of my nieces a few years ago and the whole family loved them and finished the entire series.

Sideway Stories from Wayside School/Wayside School is Falling Down/Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger (Louis Sachar) – An amazing series of children’s stories about Wayside school. Each chapter features a student in the classroom on the 30th story!

I Spy Christmas: A Book Of Picture RiddlesI Spy: A Book of Picture Riddles (Jean Marzollo, Walter Wick, Carol Devine Carson) – There are a ton to choose from but the Christmas one is always a great choice for the holidays. My parents used to buy a new one every Christmas and the whole family would get into these when we were together.

Inkheart (Cornelia Funke) – A fantasy about the power of books – what more could you want!

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska (John Green) – A lesser known John Green that is                                                                    my personal favorite.

Alanna: The First Adventure – Song of the Lioness #1 – (Tamora Pierce) – I fell in love with this fantasy series when I was younger. It follows Alanna as she disguises herself as her brother to become a knight.


Anything by Roald Dahl – But I especially love Matilda and James and the Giant Peach.




Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)Freakanomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner) – Jeff loved this book.

Reading People (Anne Bogel)  – Great for the personality lover of your group.

The Omnivores Dilemma or In Defense of Food (Michael Pollan) – For anyone who’s interested in not only where our food comes from but  in the how our food choices affect our lives.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot) – Shows the human side of scientific discovery – great for the biologist in your life.

84, Charing Cross Road (Helene Hanff) – A collection of letters from a writer in NYC and a used-book dealer in London — a book every bookworm needs a copy of in their collection.




Happy Holiday!

Do you give books as gifts? Any particular books that have gone over really well? Or not?

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