Never know what to get that one person in your life? Maybe you’re looking for great stocking stuffers or a little extra something to add to someone’s gift. Or perhaps people have been asking you what you’d like for Christmas and you just aren’t quite sure what to ask for. Books make great gifts and there’s always something for all of your family and friends. To make your shopping a little easier, I’ve compiled a list of books for everyone on your Christmas list including the hopeless romantic, the mysterious sleuth, and even the little ones. Happy Holidays!
For the True Crime Detective
I think we all know someone in our lives that is all about true crime and this category of book is dedicated just for them (mystery lovers will have to read farther down). The full list contains books covering a range of true crimes including one out of Silicon Valley, one on a Native American reservation, one about Charles Manson and the sixties, and one featuring Jack the Ripper. However, the true crime book I am going to focus on is definitely for all the “Tiger King” fans.
“The Falcon Thief” by Joshua Hammer may at first seem like an unlikely candidate for this list but this book focuses on a type of crime often forgotten by most of society (even the true crime junkies). In 2010, Jeffrey Lendrum was stopped by airport officials who believed him to be carrying an explosive strapped to his waist. Instead of finding a bomb as they suspected, they were shocked to find rare falcon eggs. This find is the start of a hunt to uncover a web of international illegal sales of rare birds of prey on the black market. This adventure, true-crime story is a page turner cover to cover!
For the Homemaker
The baker, the chef, the entertainer, the mixologist. This category of books caters to all of those people and more. With cookbooks for the busy family by popular television cooks Nadiya Hussain and Ayesha Curry, a comprehensive book of cocktail recipes, cookbook for the healthy eaters and vegetarians, and one about helpful home decorating and interior design, this category has lots of great options for the homemaker in your life.
For me, one of the standout books in this category is “The Martha Manual: How to Do (Almost) Everything by the one and only Martha Stewart. And she isn’t kidding when she says this book can help you do (almost) anything: Organizing every space in your home, fixing pretty much anything that can break (even your toilet), crafting ideas and projects, gardening tips, entertaining and celebration, caring for pets, and of course cooking. This is an awesome gift for new homeowners, young adults who’ve just moved out, or the savvy single person.
For the Hopeless Romantic
We all know someone who falls head over heels for a great romance novel. For those on your list who like to be swooned and swept off their feet, this category features Nicholas Sparks’ new novel, a high school love story turned into a Hulu hit, and a royal romance.
For fans of “One Day in December,” Josie Silver’s new novel “The Two Lives of Lydia Bird” follows a young woman whose world is turned upside down when her fiance and first love tragically dies in a car accident. Struggling to put her life back together, Lydia only begins to find solace when a door is opened to an alternate world where the love of her life is still alive and their life together moves forward. But the farther Lydia’s real life moves in an entirely new direction, she realizes she must choose between reality and fantasy. This novel is about falling in love, learning how to move forward, and choosing to do what’s right for you.
For the Fantasy Lover
This category is for the reader who loves to escape to another world or see an alternate version of our own. This list features books from both Hugo and Nebula awarding winning authors (the biggest awards in fantasy fiction), an adult read from a huge fantasy YA author, and choices that venture into folklore of a number of different cultures.
One of the choices for this category is a brand new novel that was just released in October. “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V.E. Schwab does not venture into the realm of high fantasy like others on the list do. Instead, this book is about a young woman, Addie, who makes a faustian bargain in the early 1700s. In exchange for her soul, Addie becomes immortal. But immortality isn’t as great as it may seem when every person she ever meets is destined to forget her as soon as she leaves their sight. After 300 years, Addie has accepted her fate and lives a life of solitude; that is until a young man tells her he remembers her. The author describes her inspiration being the reversal of Peter Pan. What fantasy lover can resist that?
For the Thrill Seeker
For those that like the thrills and chills, this category is full of suspense and horror novels. Featuring novels about a glamorous wedding with a gruesome murder, a family being called to by the forest behind their new home, and a bookclub being hunted by a vampire (very “Dracula” meets “Steel Magnolias”), these stories are sure to send shivers down your reader’s spine!
“The Chain” is a story unlike any other. Shortly after Rachel drops her daughter off at the bus stop, she receives a mysterious call from a woman telling her that she has Rachel’s daughter and the only way she’ll ever see her again is to do everything she’s told: pay ransom money and abduct another child. The caller is also a mother whose son was taken and if Rachel doesn’t follow the instructions, the boy will die. Now a part of the chain, Rachel is forced to make impossible decisions and witnesses how victims are turned into criminals while others are made rich—but what lengths would you go to to save your child?
For the History Buff
“The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
“The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee” by David Treuer
“The Season: A Social History of the Debutante” by Kristen Richardson
“The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11” by Garret Graff
“Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days that Changed the World” by Chris Wallace and Mitch Weiss
For the Self-Helper
“Untamed” by Glennon Doyle
“Joy at Work” by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein
“Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell
“Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life” by Cleo Wade
“Didn’t See That Coming” by Rachel Hollis
For the Mysterious Sleuth
“The Glass Hotel” by Emily St. John Mandel
“The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides
“The Searcher” by Tana French
“The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman
“Murder in Belgravia” by Lynn Brittney
For the In-the-Know Intellectual
“Real Life” by Brandon Taylor
“Stamped From the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendi
“Why We’re Polarized” by Ezra Klein
“Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance
“Uncanny Valley” by Anna Wiener
“A Map is Only One Story: Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home” edited by Nicole Chung and mensah Demary
For the Itty Bitties (babies)
“When God Made You” by Matthew Paul Turner, Illustrated by David Catrow
“Where’s the Astronaut?” by Nosy Crow, Illustrated by Ingela P Arhenius
“Once Upon A World” Collection by Chloe Perkins
“Dinoblock” by Christopher Franceschelli, Illustrated by Peskimo
For the Little Ones (3-7)
“Elf: the Classic Illustrated Storybook” by Kim Smith (Illustrator)
“The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary” by Robb Pearlman, illustrated by Melanie Demmer
“Ordinary People” Book Set by Brad Meltzer, Illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos
“The Questioneers” Book Set by Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by David Roberts
“The Boxcar Children” Early Reader Set by Gertrude Chandler Warner, Illustrated by Shane Clester
For the Growing Ones (8-11)
“Berrybrook Middle School” Box Set by Svetlana Chmakova
“Wings of Fire” Series by Tui T. Sutherland
“The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate
“Finish the Fight” by Veronica Chambers and the Staff of the New York Times
“The Bookwanderers” by Anna James
For the Teens & Tweens
“The Black Kids” by Christina Hammonds Reed
“Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
“They Both Die at the End” by Adam Silvera
“Ready Player Two” by Ernest Cline
“Serpent & Dove” by Shelby Mahurin