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Shopping can sometimes feel like a chore, especially when you have no idea what to get for whom. But, books are a universal gift, and they won’t break the bank. We’ve put together a list of our carefully selected book gifts and whom they’ll pair nicely with, from teenagers to aspiring chefs!
For the Bibliophile
Appropriately titled, Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by illustrator Jane Mount, is a delectable dream for the book lover in your life. The book includes beautiful spine and cover illustrations in Mount’s signature style. Plus, a look at beloved bookstores and bookstore cats. As Mount states in the intro, “The goal of this book is to triple the size of your To Be Read pile.”
For the Feminist Badass
The witches are coming! The witches are coming! Oh wait, no, that’s just Lindy West’s new collection of essays. The Witches Are Coming combines political discourse with a spritz of pop culture, all in West’s feminist, witty and humorous style. The feminist badass in your life will be laughing and crying, infuriated and seen, all before the end of the book.
For the Sci-fi Fanatic
If we’re going sci-fi, why not go to the source, with one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time, and now a major motion picture, Dune. Dune is the story of a boy, and heir to a noble family who is tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is a substance called “spice.” A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune has won several literary awards and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.
For the Historical Fiction Aficionado
Judith Leyster is a painter who is doing the unthinkable in 1633 Holland: attempting to become the first woman admitted to the Haarlem painters guild. Follow Leyster through her trying journey of ambition and sacrifice in Carrie Callaghan’s A Light of Her Own.
For the Tween Who’s Having Trouble Reading
Some kids have a harder time getting into reading—whether they can’t connect with the story or have trouble reading at their grade level. Cue: graphic novels. These illustrated reads are picture-heavy with minimal text, making them the perfect tool for young readers who may be struggling. The Witch Boy series by Molly Knox Ostertag follows Aster, a thirteen-year-old boy who is supposed to grow up to become a shapeshifter—definitely not a witch, which is a girl’s job! But, Aster still hasn’t shifted…and he’s oh so interested in witchery.
For Any Kid in Your Life
Kevin the unicorn is a bright and cheerful unicorn who’s all about the good vibes. Rainbows and glitter are a must. But what happens when everything starts to go wrong for Kevin? Falling out of bed, out-of-control hair… In Kevin the Unicorn: It’s Not All Rainbows by Jessika von Innerebner, Kevin learns that sometimes it’s okay to have a bad day, and that he just might not be alone after all.
For the Teen Who Feels Out of Place
What if you lived in a world that you created? For seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson that’s true…well, kind of. In Slay by Brittney Morris, Kiera’s life is divided into three worlds: school, where she is one of the only Black kids; home; and SLAY, the video game she created for Black gamers. SLAY is where Kiera feels like she can be herself. The only catch? No one knows she’s the game developer, not her friends or family or boyfriend. When a troll infiltrates the game, Kiera tries to save the game all while protecting her secret identity.
For the Person Who Loves to Cook (and also loves The Good Place)
The riveting and always funny show The Good Place (which is now available on Amazon Prime Video) can now make its way to your dinner. No, I don’t mean watching an episode while you eat. I mean your new favorite cookbook companion Forking Good by Valya Dudycz Lupescu. Inspired by the show, Forking Good shares innovative dishes with a philosophical twist. Original recipes include, “I Think Therefore I Clam (Chowder)” and “I Kant Believe It’s Not Buttermilk Pancakes.” Chidi would be so proud.
For the Person Who Doesn’t Read
Two words: cute animals. Who doesn’t smile when they see a precious pic of a pup? From a cluster of ducklings to a goat in a t-shirt, This Book is Literally Just Pictures of Cute Animals That Will Make You Feel Better (that is the official title!) by Smith Street Books has all of your animal needs covered. For the person in your life who simply won’t pick up a book, this no text, photo book is sure to put a smile on their face.
Book Gifts for the Person That Says They Have too Many Books
If you know an avid reader that is drowning in books, get them fun literary-inspired book gifts! We love these book-themed zippered pouches, this super fun library kit for kids (okay this grown-up would love it it, too) or a funny graphic tee.