29 November 2016

Ultimate Bookish Gifts for Your Friends

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

December is only a couple of days away, and we all know what this means. It means most of us are going to spend a considerable share of our income on presents. When I buy presents, I try and make them as personal as possible. And is there a better way to show that you know someone than with a book? 

I thought long and hard about this list (for about an hour) and as the first holiday-related Top Ten Tuesday, I present to you the list of Ultimate Bookish Gifts to Give to Your Friends. There's something in here for everyone. Alright, almost everyone.  

For the sci fi nerd

1. The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

They'll love it. Trust me. 

2. The Stories of Ray Bradbury

A beautiful, hardcover edition of some Bradbury's most celebrated works. Need I say more? 

For the fantasy fanatic

3. A Dance of Dragons, the complete series

by Kaitlyn Davis

An epic tale of war, love, betrayal and dragons told in three novels and four
novellas. The language alone is worth the read. And here's my full review

4. The Martian Chronicles

by Ray Bradbury 

Though considered by many as a work of science fiction, The Martian Chronicles is actually fantasy. This is the book that will set your fantasy loving friend's imagination on fire. And they'll thank you for it.  

For the cat person

5. Cleo: How an Uppity Cat Helped Heal a Family

by Helen Brown

This is a memoir of a woman who lost her son, and was about to lose herself in grief. Instead, a tiny black kitten brought her back to life and helped her move on. You can also read my full review of Cleo. 

6. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

by Vicky Myron

Another touching story about real-life love, friendship and loss. And a cat that made a huge impact on a small American town and one librarian. 

For the history buff

7. A Time on Earth
by Vilhelm Moberg

This is a very touching story of a Swedish man who left his home village to look for a new life in the USA, and who is now looking back at his turbulent childhood years. A great gift for someone who's into the history of European emigrants coming to America.   

For the globetrotter

8. Apples are from Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared

by Christopher Robbins

Part travel guide, part history book, part memoir, this book will be a great first step in getting to know a country most people don't know exists. 

For the one friend that likes the weird and uncanny 

9. Holy Cow

by David Duchovny 

 What happens when a cow, a chicken and a Hebrew pig decide to escape their farm and travel the world? Only Mr. Duchovny knows.  

For the weird one who doesn't like to read

10. A library card

They will most likely never use, but at least it won't cost you anything.  

This is the list. I hope you'll find useful. What are you getting your friends and family this year? 

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