The holiday season can be both magical and stressful—especially when it comes to checking everyone off your shopping list. If you’re looking to avoid the holiday shopping hustle and bustle this year, we suggest you gift your loved ones a hand-picked book instead. From the kids to your best book friend, there’s a selection here for everyone in your life.
For working moms: Roots and Wings by Margery Kraus and Phyllis J. Piano
This novel tells the story of Margery Krauss, a young mother who started a business in the 1960s. While at first many people did not believe in Krauss’s determination, her consulting company grew so successfully that today it is now making more than 150 million dollars a year. Full of encouraging business advice and moments of triumph in the face of adversity, Roots and Wings is the perfect gift for any ambitious working mom.
For the horror lover: The Institute by Stephen King
When Luke Ellis wakes up in a room that looks vaguely like his at home, he realizes something odd is going on. His parents have been murdered and Luke has been taken from his home and placed in an institution dedicated to poking and prodding children who possess extranormal talents like telekinesis and telepathy. Now, Luke will have no choice but to try and escape the prison-like institute. This thrilling novel by critically acclaimed author Stephen King is the perfect gift for the horror lovers in your life.
For fans of memoir: The Beautiful Ones by Prince
This bestselling novel tells the life story of the famous and beloved musician, Prince. This first person account of Prince’s colorful life takes the reader through four different stages, highlighting all of the moments that made Prince the amazing artist that he was. This detailed biography is a great gift for a music lover or the people in your life who are fans of a good memoir.
For hopeless romantics: Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
When a nervous girl with a bucket list and a wild man on a motorcycle are thrown together, it is no surprise that the two begin to get into trouble wherever they go. Chloe Brown has a lot of plans and she has decided she needs the help of bad boy and artist, Redford Morgan to accomplish them. This tantalizing love story is a great gift for the hopeless romantic looking for something new to read this holiday season.
For the #girlboss: Make Your Moment by Dion Lim
Make Your Moment is ABC News anchor Dion Lim’s book full of great advice for any woman looking to successfully expand their career and skillset. Using her colorful background and unique experience, Lim covers every possible topic from mastering office politics to prospering under pressure. This novel is the best gift for any #girlboss looking to make a name for themselves in the business world.
For science fiction junkies: The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek by Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal
This novel by the popular Youtube team Good Mythical Morning, tells the mysterious story of a cruel reformatory school with a history full tragic deaths. When something goes terribly wrong and a friend of Rex McClendon and Leif Nelson, the two main characters, is sent to the school, Rex and Leif decide it is up to them to find out what is really going on. The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek is the perfect novel for any science fiction junkies who are searching for their next read this winter.
For dad: Squirrels in the Wall: A Novel in Stories by Henry Hitz
Set on a Wisconsin Lake, this collection of hilarious stories is told from both human and animal perspectives. In his clever and witty writing, Henry Hitz portrays the dynamic between animals and humans in a completely new light. Full of comedy and innuendo, Squirrels in the Wall is a great gift for any father looking for inspiration for new dad jokes.
For fans of historical fiction: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
In this novel, both a New York Times bestseller and a pick for Oprah’s Book Club, the main character Hiram Walker goes on an unexpected journey whilst simultaneously enlisting in a war waged between the slavers and the enslaved. Ta-Nehisi Coates writes a beautiful and historically accurate tale as Hiram travels from the South to the North, all while doing his best to save the family he left behind. This historical novel is the perfect gift for the reader looking for a story that will stick with them long after reading the last page.
For the teens: Dangerous Alliance: An Austentatious Romance by Jennieke Cohen
Lady Victoria Aston’s sister has just been married and while everything seems calm, Vicky realizes that it is now her turn to marry. As she gets closer and closer to finding a husband dangerous accidents begin to happen and nothing she has learned from her beloved Jane Austen novels seems to be helping. Dangerous Alliance is the ideal novel for any teens looking for a quirky and relatable new read.
For readers who love a good laugh: Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
When Lillian receives an odd letter from her old friend Madison, requesting her to move in and become the caretaker of Madison’s step-children, Lillian figures she has nothing left to lose. When she arrives she discovers that there is one catch, whenever they become upset, the twins burst into spontaneous, but beautiful flames. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who needs a good laugh, Nothing to See Here, is hilariously perfect.
For the young readers: The Rubicus Prophecy by Alane Adams
Abigail has just begun yet another year at the Tarkana Witch Academy and there’s buzz about the Rubicus Prophecy and the fact that the chosen witchling will soon be identified. When a ship shows up on their shores, Abigail and her friends get pulled into a mystery they must solve that will take them into the dangerous catacombs beneath the Tarkana Fortress. This middle grade novel by Alane Adams is a great gift for the young readers in your life.
For fans of suspense: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
On her 25th birthday Libby Jones learns that she has inherited a magnificent mansion from her now dead birth parents. Although worth millions, the mansion comes with a haunting past full of tragic deaths and family secrets. Lisa Jewell’s New York Times bestselling novel, The Family Upstairs, is a great gift for any thrill-seeker this holiday season.
For women’s fiction fans: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
This fictional novel features the coinciding stories of 12 different British women. While each of these women are completely unique, Bernardine Evaristo writes them in a delightfully cohesive way that highlights both their differences and their similarities. Girl, Woman, Other is a great gift for the women in your life who recognize the importance of respecting women of all walks of life.
For the nonfiction reader: The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
This nonfiction novel dives deeply into the 1970s asylum study performed by David Rosenhan. Using her own personal experience of being misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, Susannah Cahalan investigates the mental health industry and its affected patients. This fascinating work of investigative journalism is a great gift for any nonfiction reader who is interested in learning more about David Rosenhan and how he revolutionized the mental health industry.
For fans of bestsellers: Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
This collection of stories features character Olive Kitteridge as she navigates through the small town of Crosby, Maine. This sequel to the bestselling title Olive Kitteridge, takes readers on a journey through the witty and moving stories of several vibrant characters all while focusing on the inspiring personality of Olive. For any fans of bestsellers, Olive, Again, is a great gift for the upcoming holiday season.