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Gift Guide for the Book Lover

Gift Guide for the Book Lover


Now that we're halfway through November I am getting SO excited to start my Christmas shopping. I wandered into Indigo on Tuesday and all the festive decor and gifting items really put me in the holiday spirit. I even bought my first Christmas stocking stuffer there so my shopping is officially started! 

As a book lover myself, I love giving and receiving new reads to curl up with by the fireside on Christmas afternoon... maybe with a big mug of hot chocolate or some spiked eggnog. Here are my picks for book gift giving this holiday season. 

Fun Fiction

The Book Of Dust: Volume One - La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman - I mentioned this book in my fall reading list and I'm repeating it because I think it makes such a great gift for any fan of Philip Pullman. I haven't noticed that much publicity around this new release of his, so I think anyone who has enjoyed his previous books would appreciate finding this new one under the tree.

Crazy Rich Asian by Kevin Kwan - If you know someone who loves fun, romantic comedy type reads, this is the series for them. It's been a breakout hit and now is the time to give it to your friends and family before the film adaptation is released next year. 

Political Non-Fiction

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi - This is my most recent book purchase which I was prompted to read for a work assignment. That being said, I put myself forward for this assignment in particular because I think it's about time we all learned a little more about the history of racial dynamics in North America. I'm only a couple of chapters in but I can already tell that this read is perfect for anyone on your gifting list who is interested in the current political and social climate in America. 

F-Bomb: Dispatches From the War on Feminism by Lauren McKeon - This book is written by a very talented MFA colleague of mine and it is an important read for anyone, whether they self-identity as a feminist or not. This book explores today's anti-feminist universe and why women across the continent are abandoning the movement. It also looks at where we, as feminists, can go from here. 


Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood by Pauline Dakin & Chasing Smoke: A Wildfire Memoir by Aaron Williams - These books are both written by graduates of my MFA program as well. What can I say? I have very talented classmates! Any fan of memoir will enjoy Pauline Dakin's memoir of a childhood spent on the run which has been long listed for British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Nonfiction. West-coasters in particular will appreciate Aaron Williams' memoir of his time fighting forest fires in British Columbia. 


5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver - If you know someone who wants to get more into cooking but it short on time or isn't that confident in the kitchen, I recommend Jamie Oliver's newest book. Every single dish is made with just 5 ingredients, making it easy to whip up something delicious on a busy weeknight after work. 

Duchess Bake Shop by Giselle Cousteau - I stumbled upon this book on my recent browse through Indigo and was immediately captivated by the beautiful recipes. I'm a baker more than a cook so if you have anyone in your life who also loves baking, this is the cookbook I recommend. 

For Tweens

Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen & Maus by Art Spiegelman - I have a tween in my life in the form of my little sister and as I search for gift ideas for her I'm discovering what a fun reading age that is. Bad Girls Throughout History is a fun introduction to girl power and Maus is an extremely successful graphic novel which explores a Holocaust story. These books are great ways to introduce young readers to more serious topics and spark discussion around the dinner table. 

There you have my picks for holiday book gift-giving! Do you have any other title suggestions to add to this list? 

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