Gift guide for book lovers will help you find the perfect present for the bibliophile in your life. A mix of price ranges will fit any budget.
Each year I get new books for Christmas from my husband’s family. Troy calls them nerd gifts, and I fully embrace that title. Troy and I have been married for 13 years, and about 12 years ago my Christmas books started to seem a bit worn when I unwrapped them. My mother-in-law eventually admitted to pre-reading all the books she gifts me. To me, books are meant to be shared and loved by others, and I adore the fact that all my gifts are now “pre-screened” by family. 🙂
All of these books are stories that I loved, couldn’t put down, or moved something in my heart that I didn’t know was there. If books are meant to be shared, I hope these titles also bring you joy. Consider these all “pre-read” by me.
- Lamb. This book is about the “real” story of Jesus Christ, as told by his best friend Biff. It is so ridiculous and silly and it made me almost pee my pants. My pastor loves this book too.
- At Home. This book makes dorks so very happy. It sounds lame, but it is fascinating. It’s the history of how every room in a house came to be. I know, boring right? NOPE. So good. If you enjoy this book, another wonderful story by the author is A Walk in the Woods.
- Crashed. This is the first book in the Junior Bender series that I love. Junior Bender is a thief in Los Angeles who somehow keeps getting mixed up in solving mysteries. The premise sounds a bit silly, but the stories are fascinating, and the writing is whip-smart. LOVE this series in a way I haven’t loved books in a very long time. Others in this series: Little Elvises, The Fame Thief, and Herbie’s Game.
- A Fault In Our Stars. Oh dearie me, this book made me sob. I’m not a sobber in my daily life, but this book did me in. Troy found me in a puddle on the couch clutching this book and sobbing. He dared to ask the stupid question “why don’t you just stop reading it”? Because I literally couldn’t stop. Not if my life depended on it. This book could not be ignored. And then I found out it was a YA book after I finished it, and all the sudden my angst made so much sense.
- The Power of One. A story about a little boy who is pretty much tortured at boarding school in South Africa. It sucks to read the first part. You want to slap everyone this child comes in to contact with. Then he takes a train trip to his new home which changes his life. Eventually, good things happen, and you root your ass off (it’s a thing) for this kid. A bit more tragedy, an amazing friendship, some more tragedy, happy times, sad times, clean ending. I loved this story so much, that I named one of my chickens after a character, Grandpa Chook.
- What Alice Forgot. If you’re married or have been together with anyone for a period of time, chances are you take them for granted (and if you don’t, you’re a damned liar). This is the book that you need to read to remind yourself why you’re still with this person.The book is funny, sweet, sad, and pretty thought-provoking.
- Fall of Giants. I wanted to cry when this book was over. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Ken Follet ever since I read (8) Pillars of the Earth when I was pregnant. I had horrible pregnancy insomnia, and Pillars of the Earth came into my life when I desperately needed it.Fall of Giants tells about the ramp up to World War One from the perspective of English gentry, English non-gentry, Americans, Germans, and Russians. I absolutely loved it. Book one of the Century Trilogy.9. Winter of the World. Didn’t get enough of global conflict and world war in Fall of Giants? You’re in luck, cause World War II is covered in this book! I can’t get enough of this series. Book two of the Century Trilogy.10. Edge of Eternity. The final book of the Century Trilogy. This installment covers the civil rights era, Vietnam, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and some of the modern day (through 2008). It wasn’t my favorite of the three, but the writing was excellent and the story was interesting.11. Boys in the Boat. This story made me stand up and cheer. A fascinating book that looks at the University of Washington’s male rowing team and their epic quest for the gold medal in the 1936 Olympics. And it’s a local book, which makes it even better!