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The Ultimate Guide To Gifting Books

One of the easiest and most thoughtful gifts to give are books! Here are some ideas to help get you started.

If you are like us, then you struggle to find the perfect gifts for friends and family, especially during the Christmas season. Everyone has at least one book that they can relate to, whether it is a fantasy, classic, or mystery. You can always find a book for someone to enjoy. It can be difficult to know where to start looking since there are hundreds, if not thousands of books, but fear not! We have compiled a list of books to help you get started on finding the perfect book to gift!


For the hopeless romantic:

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Noah and Allie are two teens who are deeply in love, but separated by their social class. When disapproving parents and miscommunications cause them to drift away from each other, they think that they are done for good and whatever romance they could have had is gone. But when they are reunited 7 years later they must choose whether they are willing to try again or leave what they had in the past.

This book is perfect for the hopeless romantic. With a compelling story line and lovable characters, we guarantee that you will get lost in this book! Besides, it is written by Nicholas Sparks, what more could you ask for in a romance novel?


For the adventurer:

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins is just like any other Hobbit; he loves to stay home, where it is safe. That is, until the wizard Gandalf convinces him to do the unthinkable, go on an adventure. He joins a group of dwarfs on a journey to reclaim Lonely Mountain and its treasure from the dragon Smaug.

This novel is a classic and the perfect example of a true adventure. Everyone should read this book at some point, so why not give it as a gift? Anyone who receives this book is guaranteed to be swept away by this compelling adventure!


For the comedian:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

When Arthur is rescued from Earth just before it is destroyed to make way for a hyperspace expressway, he and a unlikely group try to make their way to a planet called Magrathea. Magrathea is a legendary place that houses specialized creatures known for making planets. The crew hopes to find some unknown truths about Earth, but face many obstacles along the way.

This sci-fi novel has a great balance of comedy and adventure creating an amazing book fit for anyone in need of a good laugh. Plus, the book is part of a series, so if someone is in need of a fun way to spend their winter break, consider getting them this book!


For the traveler:

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

After the tragic loss of her mother to lung cancer, Cheryl Strayed’s life began to fall apart. Her siblings grew distant, she got divorced, and when her partner accused her of using heroin she’s had enough. Starting in Mojave Desert Cheryl Strayed traveled through California and Oregon ending in Washington on a 1,100 mile hike. She had little knowledge of hiking before her trip, but her motivation fueled her on this journey of self discovery.

Cheryl Strayed’s memoir about her spontaneous, yet necessary, hiking trip is sure to inspire any traveler. Whether you actively travel or hope to in the future, you can use this book as motivation to get out into the world and do something great!


For the science geek:

Dune by Frank Herbert

Paul Atreides lives on Arrakis, a desert planet where the only value is a spice called melange. Melange is capable of enhancing consciousness and extending life. Paul is the heir of a noble family whose job is to rule over the planet. When the Atreides family is betrayed, Paul is sent off on a journey to save himself, his family, and his home.

Dune has some of the best world building we have ever read and is a spectacular book. With the upcoming release of the new movie adaptation, you may be able to encourage even the reluctant readers to enjoy this adventure. With an intriguing plot and interesting landscapes, Dune would be a great gift to anyone interested in science fiction!


For the vintage soul:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Atticus, a lawyer form Alabama, is asked to help defend an innocent black man after he is accused of assaulting a young white woman in the 1930’s. Atticus has to choose between what he knows is right and what is safest for his family. Atticus will have to face the consequences of his actions, whether they are good or bad.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic that everyone should read at some point in their lives which is what makes it an amazing gift. Anyone who enjoys the classics will love this book!


Would you like any of these books for Christmas? Let us know in the comments!

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