A Very Bookish Holiday
I struggle a bit with this time of year because, you probably haven’t forgotten because I said it two sentences ago, I like giving gifts, but I also don’t like getting things just for the sake of getting things. I don’t like waste and I do like meaning. For me at least, I feel like books are often that sweet spot of something that shows you are thinking about the person and also something they can keep or give away pretty easily. Also, I once heard someone say that you’re being a patron when you buy someone’s book and I like that. Let’s be patrons when we can.
If, like me, you’re tempted by some of these things for yourself, might I recommend very subtly sharing this link with your loved one? And reminding them how fast whichever holiday you celebrate is coming?
The links in this post are all affiliate. Affiliate links allow me to earn some money at no cost to you. If you don’t like Amazon (I totally get it), I have a link to Powells at the bottom of my page or you could find these things through your local bookstore. It gives me a thrill whenever I see you all using them! So much appreciation for you!
Additionally, here is my list of 40 recommendations from last year. Those don’t have affiliate links because I wasn’t doing those at the time, but if you click into one of my links below and then search for any of those titles you might be buying, I’d appreciate that, because I thiiink it works that way. Maybe? I should figure that out.
Anyways, do do do doooooo…the list.
For Displaying That Book Love
These are for the people in your life who are book nerds who love all the touches of bookishness in their lives.
- Literary postcards from Obvious State
I almost clicked to immediately buy these. Obvious State has the best design and the quotes they select are fantastic. These would be great to use as cards, but I think I’d frame my favorites.
- T.S. Eliot “Coffee spoons” mug from Obvious State
A brilliant line from a brilliant poem that would also look beautiful holding your morning cup of coffee.
- Anne of Green Gables tote bag from Out of Print
I love a good tote, I love Rifle Paper Co., and I love Anne. Surely I’m not alone? Out of Print has lots of your other favorite classics, too.
- Anne of Green Gables scarf from StoriArts
Someone gave me one of these as a gift and it’s so soft.
- You’ve Got Mail pencil set
I’m going to say something crazy here and say that bookish people tend to be You’ve Got Mail people. These pencils (F-O-X, That caviar is a garnish.) are so cute.
- Jane Mount keychain
Anyone else obsessed with everything Jane Mount does? If you don’t know her by name, please Google away.
- Personal library kit
Would have been obsessed with this as a kid, not saying it wouldn’t be great for adults, too.
For A Bookish Home
Aside from books themselves, bibliophiles need other bookish touches, right?
- Bath caddy
I do not currently have a bath, but ohhhh when I do. This feels like one of life’s best luxuries.
- Book coasters
How awesome are these?
- Jane Austen soy wax candle
I first saw this candle series at Edith Wharton’s The Mount and I think the idea is so creative. The scents match classic authors and I remember them smelling amazing. Who would you pick?
- Harry Potter puzzle
Please provide a butterbeer recipe with this and instructions to work on it in front of a fire while listening to Jim Dale read the books. Then please invite me over, although I will be of very little help with the puzzle. I will ask for it after to frame.
If possible, I’d also recommend looking to see if you can buy prints of illustrations from books someone loves. I have one by Carson Ellis from Wildwood that my husband surprised me with that is one of my all time favorite gifts. We also have a signed Mary GrandPre illustration from Harry Potter that is, well, amazing.
For A Little Magic in the Everyday
I don’t mean magic like Harry Potter, although you all know how much I love that. I mean that feeling you get when something just…hits you.
Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
My favorite book of the year. There are lines that just made me ache with their beauty.
The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman
A combination of illustrations and just absolutely brilliant and beautiful commentary on life. This one is special.
The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart
My fellow Anglophiles and those of you who love quirk and heart, if you haven’t read this one yet…
Peace Like A River by Leif Enger
Blew me away.
For Some Laughs
It’s always nice to be able to find those books that can make you laugh.
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
Bizarre family set-up equals good reading.
Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley
This is my favorite of her essays collections I’ve read. She’s so sharp.
The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
This was my favorite read of the classics project I did for my 30th year. Definitely not for everyone, but those of you who love some really quirky Britishness…
For The Middle Grade at Heart
Possibly my favorite genre? This is for your actual middle graders or people who, like me, are just stuck in middle grade mentally. (Kidding, we just like books with heart!)
Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
Word puzzles, a family mystery, the coolest hotel replete with a library…this is book nerd candy.
The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty
If, like me, the title and cover appeal to you, you’re going to have a lot of fun with this adventure. Wish I saw more of this one out there.
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
I feel like I include this book on lists all the time. This is the prettiest cover and such a moving, magical book. Read it already.
Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr
The feel of a classic with a wonderful wintery setting and feisty lead. Sort of a Heidi meets A Man Called Ove.
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
A classic I don’t hear mentioned as much. The mystery in this is so much fun. This is one that I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like it.
For Some Romance
I like my romance books more like my favorite rom-com movies, so look for the steamy ones elsewhere, my friends.
Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
I found this one adorable, probably particularly because of all of the rom-com mentions.
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
The witty banter in this is how I wish we all talked.
The Flatshare by Claire Legrand
Thoroughly enjoyable with Bridget Jones vibes.
For Laps and Snuggles
I have a list of some of our favorite less common board books, plus I have several other posts about picture books this one and this one. There are so many beautiful ones out there, but they can be hard to find. Some others we love:
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
Imaginative and fun.
Toot and Puddle by Holly Hobbie
These two pig friends sure are cute.
Snow Sisters by Kerri Kokias and Teagan White
Asked for this one for Christmas because it’s a favorite illustrator and sweet text and lots of our favorite things to do.
Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey
Bought this before we had kids because I was so enthralled by the art and I loved its message.
Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup
I particularly like nighttime books for bedtime and this one is beautiful.
When The Snow Falls by Linda Booth Sweeney
We got this one from the library and I think we’ll be buying it. Maeve loves it and I love the beautiful, cozy winter images.
Farmblock by Christopher Franceschelli
Grabbed this one at TJ Maxx the other day and we’ve been very into it. There are lots of different, fun flaps and I love the way it brings you through the seasons on a farm. Very charming.
For Beauty and Timelessness
I’m of the opinion that a beautiful classic edition is always a wise gift choice.
Penguin Clothbound Classics- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
These are probably my favorite editions, aside from Virago Modern. I picked this particular classic because I reread it and love it every year (it’s funny! and heartwarming!), but just search Penguin Clothbound Classics for many others. Gotta catch em all.
Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery
This cover is gorgeous and you should absolutely read this one if you love Anne and haven’t gotten to Jane yet.
Pride and Prejudice Illustrated by Jane Austen
All that genius text now with the coolest illustrations. I got it for my birthday and treasure it.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Love me that iconic Penguin orange, plus this updated design. Steinbeck’s work is a masterpiece, so it’s nice to have this edition to honor it.
Illustrated Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
I hope everyone already has these stunners, but if not…