Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas at our place without the giving of books.
We are readers throughout the year but there is something about the promise of slower days and afternoons spent diving into a book that gets me thinking about book buying as gifts.
The most tricky part of the whole book buying thing is that it’s so difficult to keep up with what people may actually have already read. Especially in this era of tablets and kindles when our books can be bought and downloaded in seconds! If you’re buying for someone like this, can I suggest a gift card? They won’t be disappointed.
The below list is far from exhaustive.
My top books for Christmas 2014 is a list that contains books that I’ve read, have on my bedside table awaiting the time to read or member of my family have either read or requested to read.
Unlock Your Style – Nikki Parkinson
Let me indulge in a shameless plug. Unlock Your Style is for all women – mums, daughters, sisters, girlfriends – who’d like to rediscover or freshen up their personal style. Booktopia has some signed copies if you’d like that.
The Mapmaker Chronicles – A.L.Tait
This is the first in a youth fiction series from my friend Al Tait. It’s aimed for kids nine and up and my nine-year-old was reluctant to start it at first but ended up obsessed and included for his end-of-term book report.
The Great Zoo of China – Matthew Reilly
My eldest son is a voracious reader. Matthew is his favourite author and he was lucky enough to meet him a few years ago. He’s holding out reading this book as he knows I’m good for it. Yes I am. Even scored him a signed copy through Booktopia.
The Narrow Road to the Deep Earth – Richard Flanagan
This years Booker Prize winner was a featured book in my book club this year. I missed that month as I was away travelling but word was it was a well deserved win. I’ve put this book away for Mr SY’s Dad.
Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham
We enjoyed watching the TV series Girls and I think Miss SY would like to read this one … as long as she agrees to hand it over to me the second she’s done.
The New Easy – Donna Hay
I’ve got a collection of Donna Hay recipe books that go back to her time as food editor at Marie Claire. Her recipes never fail me. This would be a great gift for a fellow foodie.
Absolutely Beautiful Things – Anna Spiro
Anna is a Brisbane interior designer and has a store – Black & Spiro. It’s always filled with all kinds of treasures from around the world. Just as her book now is. One lovers of all things home decor.
The Woman I Wanted to Be – Diana von Furstenberg
She was a business woman in an era when women weren’t encouraged to succeed. This is one for fashionistas and female entrepreneurs alike. Learn how Diana juggled throughout those early years.
Hair Romance – Christine Butcher
My blogging friend knows hair. She she does. Thankfully she’s shared that knowledge. This is great one for teenage girls or any woman keen to change up their hair style routine.
Art and Sole – Jane Weitzman
Jane’s husband is Stuart Weitzman – the shoe designer – and this coffee table book features about 150 fantasy shoes from Weitzman’s collection. They’re not wearable but they will excite all shoe lovers.
Do you have a book you’d recommend as gifts – and who would it best suit?