In my world, books are the perfect gifts. They’re the gift of an experience, as well as a physical product, and it’s such a personal offering – (hopefully) the person giving you the book thought about the contents and story of the book, and they’ve decided to actually give you the opportunity to own this new story and this new physical book. Bonus points if the book/edition is particularly nice to look at and to own.
Here are some suggestions of books which might be perfect for friends/family/acquaintances this Christmas:
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – a beautiful story for the fledgling feminist in your life.
- The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – a Gothic novella for someone who’d love a quick, exciting read of a classic.
- Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry – a vivid story about family and struggles, perhaps for someone who’s dealing with ageing family members or tough circumstances.
- An Atlas of Countries That Don’t Exist by Nick Middleton – a really gorgeous coffee-table book for the history/geography lover in your life.
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler – a hilarious compilation of anecdotes and strangely useful advice for a kick-ass woman.
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed – a moving story for anyone who might be feeling a little lost.
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – my favourite whodunnit for someone who loves a good riddle.
Hope you receive a tonne of beautiful books yourself this year. :)