2016 Holiday Book Gift Guide – Ideas for Family & Friends

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One of my favorite things is to give books as gifts. It’s such a personal present, and the ideas are endless!

So when the holidays roll around, I start making my list. Below are some of the books I’ll be giving as gifts this holiday season. I hope you find it helpful.

Don’t forget to add a few books to the list for yourself. I’ve been known to pad the shopping cart with my own wishlist.

Here’s what I’m buying my family.

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2016 Holiday Book Guide

Husband: Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen.  This one is easy; he’s a huge Bruce fan. I have to get it for him.

Daughter #1: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. She’s a Jodi fan (who isn’t?) And she is passionate about equal rights for all. We’ll talk about it for hours. I know she’ll love it.

Daughter #2: What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan She’s a mystery/thriller girl. This is a psychological thriller. She loves this kind of book. I know she’s going to have a hard time putting it down. It will take her mind off the finance world she’s immersed in every day. We’ll have fun discussing this one!

Mother: Fun Fashions: Contemporary Outfits to Knit for 18” Dolls by Andra Knight Bowman.  She’s 88 years old and still an incredible knitter! She’s knitting American Girl doll clothes for her grandchildren. I’ll add a gift card to the local knitting shop and a few skeins of yarn. I know she’ll be excited.

Sister: This is a hard one! She’s the fastest reader I know. I can’t keep up with what she’s read, so I’m buying her an Amazon gift card. I’ll put it in a basket with some of her favorite teas, coffees, and chocolates. She’ll love it!

Below are some more book suggestions that would make great gifts.  I mixed it up with some old and new books, but all are my favorites!

For Fiction Lovers in your life:

2016 Holiday Book Gift Guide

The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
Whistling Past The Graveyard by Susan Crandall
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

For those who enjoy a light read:

2016 Holiday Book Gift Guide

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank
Roses by Leila Meacham

For the Mystery/Thriller readers:

2016 Holiday book Gift guide

The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson
Child 44 by Tom Robb Smith

For the Historical Fictions enthusiasts:

2016 Holiday Book Gift Guide

Burial Rites: A Novel by Hannah Kent
The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic (P.S.) by Hazel Gaynor
The Rent Collector by Camron Wright
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi

For the Beer Drinker/Cook/Broadway lover in your life: 

2016 Holiday Book Gift Guide
Complete IPA: The Guide to Your Favorite Craft Beer by Joshua Bernstein (+a six pack of beer and you’ve got a terrific gift)

Happy Cooking: Make Every Meal Count … Without Stressing Out
by Giada De Laurentiis (+ some kitchen towels, oven mitts or utensils, and you’re good to go!)

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
(+some play tickets or a gift card to download the music)

For the YA Reader in your life:

This is a little out of my wheelhouse, but I found some fantastic books in this article from Buzzfeed.

For more book suggestions, visit PBR Book Reviews.  I guarantee you’ll find some page-turners!

What books are you buying for family and friends? Share your ideas in the comments below.

Happy Holidays!


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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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