Welcome to Quillable’s 2017 Gift Guide for Book Lovers! Read on to find out how to win Christmas with 19 different types of bookworms on your list.
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‘Tis the season to get cracking on the holiday gifts!
I have scoured my shelves, my friends’ shelves, the library, bookstores, and Goodreads to find you the best books to give this year.
Sometimes we don’t know enough about people as we’d like, and when it comes to buying presents this regret is made even more acute! So if all you know about your cousin Jim is that he’s a colossal nerd, or that Miguel loves hiking, or that Sarah loves Harry Potter (Sarah sounds awesome), then I’ve got you covered.
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So! Here are my semi-professional opinions as to the perfect books for each person on your list:
The Illustrated Harry Potter books are just… I mean… I don’t even have words for…They’re so… All I can say, as a life-long, die-hard Potterhead, is that these books are EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED AND MORE. Want everlasting love and adoration? Get this book.
200 Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World
This amazing coffee table book is as insightful as it is beautiful. It asks Jane Goodall, Alicia Garza, Alice Waters, Margaret Atwood, and many more incredible (and totally average) women, the same five questions. The answers are as varied and diverse as you could possibly imagine. The stunning photography captures the subject’s personalities, and yet in a very Mona Lisa way, leaves us asking ourselves, “Who is this woman?”
(Make sure to check back in for my full review next week!)
Lilac Lane – by Sherryl Woods
Follow Keira Malone, who after having a marriage fall apart, and after the untimely death of her second-chance-at-love fiance, decides to move from Ireland to America to be with her daughter and son-in-law and help with their pub. She buys a beautiful cottage on Lilac Lane, next to a very intriguing neighbour – the ornery chef at the pub. There’s the sudden arrival of a long-lost daughter, and a town stew cook-off, so things are definitely heating up. This “squeaky-clean” romance sounds delicious!
The Smart Alec
This is That: Travel Guide to Canada
For those of you not in the know, This is That is an AMAZING radio show here in Canada. Like, hilarious. It sounds like a real radio programme, but then the story will be about how they’re stopping the use of horses in the RCMP musical ride, or other equally ridiculous things. BUT IT SOUNDS SO REAL. Hilarious.
From the creators of CBC radio’s This is That; Pat Kelly, Chris Kelly and Peter Oldring.
From CBC Radio’s most beloved satirical comedy team comes This is That: Travel Guide to Canada, a hilariously outrageous parody of the travel guide genre and what it means to visit Canada. Searching for a weekend away with the kids? This is That: Travel Guide to Canada will teach you how to navigate the twelve petting zoos of Etobicoke and how to avoid pickpockets in Kamloops. Planning your summer holiday? Keep in mind that the city of Brandon, Manitoba, is closed for annual maintenance between July 12 and August 19 and that tipping your server in Swift Current is offensive. Presented in the familiar casing of a traditional travel guidebook, à la Lonely Planet or Rough Guide, This is That: Travel Guide to Canada takes readers on a farcical – and unbelievable – journey from coast to coast to coast to coast to coast. This faux guide also includes essential travel tips, such as useful Canadian phrases to locate the bathroom, best places to portage, and most spectacular malls above sea level.
The Star Wars Fanatic
Star Wars Super Graphic – by Tim Leong
This beautifully illustrated infographic goes through everything you ever wanted to know about the Star Wars universe. Who owned the Millennium Falcon when? What colour is everyone’s light saber? My Star Wars loving husband totally geeked out about this book.
The Outdoorsy One
A Walk in the Woods – by Bill Bryson
From the husband: “An entertaining look at the history and reality of the Appalachian trail. Equal parts informative and fun. Oddly engrossing… I couldn’t put it down even though it was a book about, well, walking.”
The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).
The Health Nut
Alchemy of Herbs – by Rosalee de la Foret
Did you know there’s a powerful herbal medicine chest in your kitchen?
Imagine being prepared for that next cold, scrape, headache, digestive issue, stressful day, or sleepless night with simple ingredients from your cupboard. Instead of pills, reach for:
Cinnamon Tea to soothe your throat . . . Garlic Hummus to support your immune system . . . Ginger Lemon Tea for cold and flu symptoms . . . Cayenne Salve to relieve sore muscles . . . Cardamom Chocolate Mousse Cake for heart health . . . A glass of Spiced Cold Brew Coffee as a powerful antioxidant . . .
Alchemy of Herbs will show you how to transform common ingredients into foods and remedies that heal. What were once everyday flavorings will become your personal kitchen apothecary. While using herbs can often seem complicated or costly, this book offers a way to learn that’s as simple and inexpensive as cooking dinner.
With the guidance of herbalist Rosalee de la Forêt, you’ll understand how to match the properties of each plant to your own unique needs, for a truly personalized approach to health for you and your family. In addition to offering dozens of inspiring recipes, Rosalee examines the history and modern-day use of 29 popular herbs, supporting their healing properties with both scientific studies and in-depth research into herbal energetics.
Grow your knowledge of healing herbs and spices and start using nature’s pharmacy to feed, heal, and nurture your whole family!
The Wanderlust-y One
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018
I reviewed Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017, (find the review here) and I really enjoyed it. A perfect little book to flip through to inspire your love of travel. It goes through the best countries to visit in the coming year, with special events, activities, customs, and more. Would be perfect as a stocking stuffer!
The Encore by Charity Tilleman-Dick
Full disclosure: Charity is a family friend from our wonderful time in Budapest. I haven’t yet read this book as a copy for me is currently sitting in my mother’s closet, awaiting Christmas Eve. HURRY UP AND GET HERE, CHRISTMAS!
But with praise from Deepak Chopra, Amy Tan, the Washington Post, and many more, I know this must be amazing.
The remarkable true story of acclaimed opera singer Charity Tillemann-Dick, who received not one but two double lung transplants and went from struggling to draw a single breath to singing at the most prestigious venues in the world.
Charity Tillemann-Dick was a vivacious young American soprano studying at the celebrated Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest when she received devastating news: her lungs were failing, her heart was three and a half sizes too big, and she would die within five years. Inexplicably, despite her fatal pulmonary condition, she could still sing. Medical experts advised Charity to abandon her musical dreams, but if her time was running out, she wanted to spend it doing what she loved.
In just three years, she endured two double lung transplants. Teetering between life and death, she slowly learned to breathe, walk, talk, eat, and sing again. With new lungs and fierce determination, she eventually fell in love, rebuilt her career, and reclaimed her life. Over a decade after her diagnosis, she has a chart-topping album, performs around the globe, and is a leading voice for organ donation.
Weaving Charity’s extraordinary tale of triumph with those of opera’s greatest heroines, The Encore illuminates the indomitable human spirit. It’s the story of confronting devastating challenges with love: the intimate love of a mother for her daughter, a man for a woman, a doctor for her craft, and a singer for her music. Ultimately, grace from God and strangers enabled the work of love to save one young woman’s breath and allowed her to reclaim her life.
The New Mom
Mothers of the Village- by CJ Schneider
Once in a while you read a parenting book that changes the way you see everything. This is one of those books.
Mothers weren’t ever supposed to do it alone. We weren’t supposed to “have it all.” We need each other! As a western society we have moved away from living in family groups in close proximity to living in the burbs thousands of miles from our support system. Schneider acknowledges this, emphasizes the need we have for help and for each other, and gives us practical ways to accomplish this. I loved this book!
To find my full review of Mothers of the Village click here.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.
The Crazy Cat Lady
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A book full of hundreds of adorable, crazy cats. Well all know someone who would love this.
Heartless – by Marissa Meyer
It can be hard buying a book for a teenager, since you don’t know what they like, you don’t want to give them something inappropriate, etc. etc. But Heartless is perfect for that!
It’s by a very popular author, the hardcover edition is GORGEOUS, it’s a fairy tale (Alice in Wonderland) retelling which are super popular right now, but with a twist (it’s the Queen of Hearts’ backstory!), it’s totally appropriate, and a total page-turner.
If you have a teenage bookworm on your list, this would be the perfect gift to give!
Read my full review here!
The Creative One
Creative Pep Talk – Compiled by Andy J Miller
This visually stunning coffee table book is the perfect gift for creative types – writers, artists, bloggers, graphic designers, and more.
Every artist needs a little pep talk now and then. An inspiring tool and beautiful art book in one, Creative Pep Talk offers illustrated words of wisdom from 50 of today’s leading creative professionals. With full-color, typographic prints and explanatory statements from a host of creative luminaries—including Aaron James Draplin, Oliver Jeffers, Lisa Congdon, Mike Perry, and many others—this volume encourages artists to stay excited, experiment boldly, and conquer fear. “Create curiosity,” “Learn to say no,” and “If you can’t be good, be different” are just a few of the motivational maxims in this visually rich collection that’s perfect for students, designers, artists, and creatives at any stage in their careers.
Read my review right here.
The Sun and Her Flowers – by Rupi Kapur
From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.
Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.
this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
in order to bloom
The Love Birds
The Honeymoon Handbook
Lonely Planet’s guide to honeymooning is a comprehensive book including personality tests, budgets, pro and con lists, 25 different planned honeymoons, and more! It even includes info for LGBT couples on how the LGBT-friendly the culture of the different countries are.
Find my full review of this book here.
The Hate U Give – by Angie Thomas
I haven’t read this yet, but if bookstagram is any indication of how amazing this book is, it must be phenomenal. I have heard SO MANY good things about it.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
The Penny Pincher
The Cheapskate’s Handbook: A Guide to the Subtleties, Intricacies, and Pleasures of Being a Tightwad – by Mifflin Lowe
Packed with hilarious observations, unusual tips, and the stingiest advice money couldn’t buy, The Cheapskate’s Handbook is the perfect gag gift for your favorite miser–who might just be you. Skinflint Mifflin Lowe invites fellow cheapskates to come out of the closet in a celebration of all things free, complimentary, pro bono, and if need be, cheap. With advice on everything from avoiding generous impulses to creatively bumming off your neighbors, plus delightful watercolor illustrations, hilarious photographs, and Mifflin’s own “Miser’s Aptitude Test,” The Cheapskate’s Handbook will have you laughing and saving money at the same time. What a deal!
The One Who Has It All
This set of Puffin in Bloom Collection is truly one of my most treasure set of books. They’re bright, they’re bold, they’re flowery, they’re beautiful, and they’re truly timeless.