Gift Giving: For the Bibliophiles

Hello, World.

Considering I’m an English major, and I have a serious love for the written word, I decided to add another segment of my gift giving guide. This time around, we’ll be talking books. Everyone has that person in their family that reads more than they talk, or that carries a book with them everywhere, or just enjoys sitting by the fire while Christmas dinner is being made and reading a good book. I’ve come up with some ideas of books to get for specific personalities, and I wanted to share!
1) For the one who loves a tear jerker: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. This novel will destroy your emotions, yet rebuild them in the best way. This is a Young Adult novel, but it would be loved by any age. If you haven’t read it, you may want to consider picking up two copies: one for your friend or relative, and one for yourself.

2) For the lover of photography: Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton. This books is filled with beautiful photos of average people on the streets of New York. It captures the immense beauty that permeates everyday life, but is often overshadowed by say, Justin Bieber or the Kardashians.

3) For the detective: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). This also may bode well for any Harry Potter lovers who are now reading more adult fictions. Chronicling a detective’s investigation of a supermodel’s suicide, it would appeal to anyone who wants a little mystery.

4) For the cook: Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen by Miss Kay from Duck Dynasty. All kinds of recipes dealing with Southern cooking. Need I say more?

5) For the hopeless romantic: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks. It’s a Nicholas Sparks novel, so obviously there is going to be romance, and cheesy lines that take a girl’s breath away, and make her wonder why the hell she hasn’t found a guy like the one in the book. This story focuses on two couples crossing paths in mysterious ways, and as Nicholas Sparks said in an interview, “you think you have it figured it out, but you don’t.”

6) For the restless traveler: Wild by Cheryl Strayed. When you think you’ve lost it all, you can do some pretty insane things. In this nonfiction book, Strayed explains the journey she took completely alone on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State (on foot). If you know someone that has an itch to travel, or just restless leg syndrome, this would be a great pick for them!

Any of these books would be great gifts, but you may also want to read them while you have a few minutes of down time this break. I know my reading list is rather long, but then again, it always is. To borrow from Alaska in John Green’s Looking For Alaska, I have begun a life library. I collect all the books I want to read, and hope that I will finish reading them before I go someday. Enjoy your Tuesday!

Callie Leigh

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