Holiday Book Gift Guide
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Holiday Book Gift Guide


This holiday book gift guide was inspired by the extra holiday reading time but the books are so amazing, it’s the perfect list to kick off the year. My goal was to pick a small list of slam dunks that have glowing reviews so you know it’s a winner. If you have a 2019 reading goal like mine, you might want to read all of them!

Holiday Book Gift Guide Fiction

Where the Crawdads Sing is a contemporary historical fiction novel about a young girl that has been abandoned by her family. She has to fend for herself in the marshes of North Carolina. It’s a coming of age story mixed with a murder mystery as this wild girl is suspected of killing a football star by the local townspeople. The reviews of this page-turner are beyond glowing.

Of course this list needs to have a fun, beach read and The Kiss Quotient is it. A story about an Asperger’s computer wiz that became wealthy from an algorithm she created. She is less successful in the world of dating so she hires an escort to help her catch up. Called fun and sexy, this book is also being turned into a movie.

Holiday Book Gift Guide Nonfiction

An investigative journalist uncovered the truth about a medical diagnostic Silicon Valley startup called Theranos and its founder Elizabeth Holmes who is currently facing fraud charges. Bad Blood is an in depth look at everything he exposed in this riveting real-life news story. It’s on the New York Times Bestseller list and being made into a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence. 

Regardless of your political affiliation, a First Lady’s life is pretty much a guarantee of interesting reading. Becoming is an inside look of Michelle Obama’s journey to the White House and the time spent there. I’m excited to hear her perspective about raising kids in the White House, being the first African American First Lady, meeting incredibly interesting people, and life before and after the White House. It’s no surprise that this book is flying off the shelves.

Educated has been on Amazon’s bestseller list for 42 weeks! It’s the author’s life story. Raised in a survivalist Mormon family, abused by her brothers, and supposedly home schooled, she educates herself enough to break free and go to college. From there, she excels to the highest levels of education and transcends the life she was born into. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, former Presidents, notable magazines, Oprah, and so many more have lavishly praised this book. Definitely the “must-read” of the year.

Subscriptions

If you’re not sure what book to buy or want a bigger present, another great gift is a subscription or gift card.

  • Audible – A subscription to Audible is a great gift! They have all the latest books. Audio books are perfect for commuters, fitness buffs, carpool parents, frequent flyers, road trip lovers and more. You can buy 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions. You can also buy book credits. If you are new to audible, use this link to get your first 30 days and 2 books free. You can also give this gift to someone who is already an audible member.
  • Amazon Prime – Seriously, is there a better gift than free shipping from the place that has everything? The best part is that it includes Prime video – the gift of movies, TV, and music too. You can buy 3 months or a full year. If the recipient is already a Prime member, they can exchange it for an Amazon gift card. Lastly you don’t have to worry about buying a lifetime subscription, it DOES NOT automatically renew.
  • Amazon EGift Card – I give this as a gift more than any other gift card because everyone loves it. You can email it or text it with a cute animated message. You can also set it to deliver on a specific day like Christmas or someone’s birthday.

I’d love to hear in the comments if you’ve read any of the selections this holiday book gift guide. Also please include any great recommendations of your own. If you are still looking for other last minute gifts try the Gift Guide for Travelers or this Hostess Gift Guide. Happy reading!


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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Lovely Amusan
    January 9, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for all these great books Jenifer, Educated sounds intriguing to me so I shall check it out!

    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      January 15, 2019 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you! I’m so glad you liked the recommendations!

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    Simone
    January 5, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    During winter time I love to read a lot and it’s nice to cuddle up at home with a book. The Kiss Quotient sounds like so much fun and I’m totally adoring Michelle Obama, so I got to get me those books. Hope you had a good start into the new year!

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

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      Jenifer
      January 8, 2019 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you Simone, I think the new year is the perfect time to start a good book (or maybe even two!). I hope you enjoy those books and have a wonderful start to the new year.

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    Jenny Yang
    January 5, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    I want to read the michelle obama book so bad!
    xx jen
    http://lilthoughtswithjen.com/

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      Jenifer
      January 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm

      I’ve heard the best things about it from people who’ve read it 😊

  • Reply
    Ruth Josey
    January 3, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    This is a great list. It sure saves me some time in having to decide what’s next! Thanks so much for sharing it and Happy New Year!

    Ruth
    http://www.voguefauxreal.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      January 3, 2019 at 10:22 pm

      I’m glad you like it. There are some really great reds. The hardest part is picking one 😊

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    MP
    January 3, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Educated already on my list but will check out the others! Looking forward to your “evolution’ in 2019!! Happy New year!!!

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      January 3, 2019 at 10:17 pm

      Educated is supposed to be fantastic. Thanks so much for reading. Happy New Year!

  • Reply
    Steve
    January 3, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Jenifer, these books are all great reads for men, This is a great gift for a husband or bf.

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      January 3, 2019 at 10:17 pm

      I totally agree and so glad to hear that you think so. Thanks so much for your comment.

  • Reply
    Layla
    January 2, 2019 at 12:13 am

    A lovely list!! Wishing you a wonderful New Year – can’t wait to read more posts!

    Layla x

    https://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      January 2, 2019 at 1:33 am

      Thank you Layla! Happy New Year!

  • Reply
    Mariann Yip
    December 30, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Love these suggestions! I heard Michelle Obama’s book is great! Can’t wait to read it!

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      December 30, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      I heard Becoming was great too. Looking forward to it.

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    Kara
    December 28, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    This couldn’t have come at a better time! I got a few books for Christmas but wanted a few more to read during my break so thank you for these recommendations. Where The Crawdads Sing sounds like a really great read!

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

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      Jenifer
      December 28, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      So glad to hear that. I started Where the Crawdads Sing. It’s so well written and interesting. Happy reading!

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    Vidhi
    December 28, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    This has to be my favorite post! I love reading good books and like all these recommendations. Bad Blood is going to be on my list!
    -Vidhi
    http://www.coffeevschai.com

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      Jenifer
      December 28, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      Doesn’t Bad Blood sound amazing! When I started researching it, I couldn’t stop reading all the news stories and the book is supposed to be that much more interesting.

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    Aixa
    December 25, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Each one of these sounds fascinating! I would probably start with the Michelle Obama book, though.

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      Jenifer
      December 26, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      I started with Where the Crawdads Sing but the Michelle Obama book looks so good. It has terrific reviews!

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    Kelli
    December 23, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    What a great idea for a post! I love to read, so I will definitely have to check some of these out. Thanks!

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      Jenifer
      December 26, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      Definitely let me know if love any of them and if you have any great recommendations. I started reading Where the Crawdads Sing and it’s really good.

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