Holiday Book Gift-Giving Guide

12 December 2013

And so begins the 12 Days of Christmas! To start of the festivities I'm here to help you guys with all your holiday book buying needs, because let's face it, I'm not the only one who still has Christmas shopping left to do...

Being that I work for a major book company, I feel like I know books pretty well, so I've compiled a short (yet completely AMAZING) guide of some books that you might want to pick up for the book-lover you're buying for (or maybe you're like me and just want a good read for the holidays).

Rest easy, kinfolk, for I have just what you're looking for!

For the classic literature junkie, I suggest Longbourn by Jo Baker. Pride & Prejudice is relived as told by the servant-staff. Jo manages to capture the characters Jane Austen created in a very true-to-form way. Not to be dismayed by another P&P retelling, the story mostly focuses on the lives of the staff, with Austen's story kind of in the background. This story has all the key bits that an Austen novel possesses: arrogance, pride, whit, and romance. I am reading the book now and can't put it down!

If you're buying for someone who loved The Fault in Our Stars or anything by John Green, Rainbow Rowell's book, Eleanor & Park is definitely the best choice for the YA reader you're buying for. The story is a classic coming-of-age story about two "star-crossed" 16-year-olds with some really serious life issues. It's inspiring, and intense, but totally worth the read!

This book piqued my interest after I finished reading The Hobbit. It's a new collection of J.R.R Tolkien's poems, which if you have a fantasy nerd to buy for, is the perfect gift.

If you haven't heard of Malala Yousafzai, where have you been the last three months? She's been on countless talk shows talking about how she stood up for her right for education, and in doing so was shot by the Taliban. She has taken her inspiring story to pen and wrote her very own book about her experiences, and is a must-read for anyone interested in current events, and biographies.


If you're buying for someone who isn't a big reader, give them the gift of audio books! I love popping in my headphones while I'm on the subway or on the train back to my hometown and listening to a good book! If you go to, you can sign up and get your first audio book for free! You can even buy one for your friends or family!

 Peace Out, Kate


  1. You work for a book company? I'm so jealous! Ha ha.

    Great recommendations! Any book lover would be happy to receive these, I'm sure! :)

  2. Thank you for the recommendations! i'm trying to add some more reading to my repertoire and these are some great options to keep in mind :) Have a great one Kate! -Iva

  3. Malala's book is getting included in my course book so whoop , gonna get it for free ;)

  4. I think you're tempting me to read each and every one of these books! They seriously all sound really interesting! And I am a Tolkien fan...

  5. I think this is the only thing I hate about not working at a bookstore anymore... being so behind new releases. :( Thanks for the recommendations! :D


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