2018 Gift List for the Literature Lover!

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Happy Christmas season, my fellow book lover!

Chances are, if you are reading this, it’s because you enjoy a good book as much as I do, and giving books as gifts means that you want to find something just perfect for your loved ones. I understand that – I give books as gifts very often, and it’s always exciting to find one that I know someone will treasure.

The following list is expansive, segmented by topic, and carefully curated. I must also mention that it was published for the holiday season 2017, but I stand by each recommendation, and have since added quite a few more selections (those with an asterisk by them are some updated choices) , based on what I have read this past year. There’s over 100 books here, so my hope is you find something just perfect.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

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Every.Single.Christmas.Season I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about what gifts to give. I really do enjoy buying the perfect gift for my loved ones – something special that will uniquely fit a person’s personality and interests.

I had a flashbulb moment this year (and I’m not sure why on earth I hadn’t thought of this earlier). I was blow-drying my hair (when all my best ideas happen) and I thought, “This is the year of books! Everyone gets a book!” It’s a pretty perfect idea – I adore literature, and there really is a book for every person – opening a world of new ideas, opinions and thoughts. Books grow and teach us. They soften us. They are the perfect, thought-filled gift.

This year, in between shopping for my friends and family at the bookstore, I decided to also compile a book list for you. As with any booklist, mine is obviously not exhaustive. Many of the books dearest to me don’t even appear. It pained me to not include each and every amazing title that I’ve enjoyed or gleaned from, but it’s just not possible!

The books I selected have been read by me this year, or are those that I pick when asked for a suggestion in that specific category. It doesn’t mean they are the only suitable choices, simply my go-to’s and ones that have proved perfectly fitting. There are at least another 30+ I could add for each category (and hundreds more for history lovers, educators and children!) Alas, that wouldn’t help you much, would it? To that end, I endeavored to keep my selections to a minimum.

Again, there are so many others I wanted to add, and if you need additional selections, contact me! I’d love to help you find the exact book you are searching for.

ENJOY and here’s to reading!

Note: There is much crossover amongst the categories. Please take a look at each, for you might find something that suits a completely different person than suspected!

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For the student of theology and religious study:

For the homeschool mother:

For the sports lover:

For the new-ish Elementary school reader:

For the the food & feast lover/entertainer/hostess in your life:

For the political junkie and social issues aficionado:

For the science-fiction/fantasy lover:

For the hurting or grieving:

For the dad who doesn’t have enough time to read:

For your husband:

For the exhausted mom:

For the classically-inclined young lady:

For the middle schooler who isn’t completely won over by current YA fiction:

For the young one in the family (picture books and short read-alouds):

For the skeptic:

For the eagerly-growing Christian:

For the history buff:

For the poetry/short story/essay lover:

For the older and wiser women in your life:

For your grandparent:

For that adorable pre-K/Kinder in your family:

For the fiction-reader:

For your sister:

For the family who loves to read aloud together:

For the education-lover:

For the Gardener & Homesteading wannabe (after moving to a farm from the city, these books each came in handy!):

For the advent-lover:

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I hope this list proves beneficial. I had a wonderful time compiling it for you.

Merry Christmas!