Gift Guide: Books to Gift

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Looking for a great book to gift this Christmas? Here are some of my suggestions! This is all my opinion and not sponsored, although if you do buy something from Amazon I will get a small percent commission. But really … I just love books and love talking about them! If you ever want a personal recommendation, PLEASE e-mail me!

Invitation to a Journey by Robert Mulholland. While I haven’t read this, it’s often quoted in our Serendipity House products and it’s up there on my list of books to read! He has great wisdom on your spiritual journey.


If your reading friend is also a foodie, like me, I would HIGHLY recommend the Ruth Reichl memoirs. Reichl was the editor of Gourmet magazine (before it was sadly shut down this year!) and her writing is phenomenal and recipes enchanting. In order, they are Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples, Garlic and Sapphires, and Not Becoming My Mother.

My dad is a Civil War buff, and I’ve had Confederates in the Attic on my list of books to get him for a while now. It has great review on Amazon and I’m pretty sure he would love it. I’ve already grabbed his present for this year from Paperbackswap, though…a pristine copy of a hardback book he’ll love!

My husband doesn’t read a ton, but he raced through the Song of Albion Trilogy by Stephen Lawhead. The author writes fantasy with a Christian slant, I believe. If Mr. V read them, though, I can guarantee that most sci fi/fantasy fans will like them! The books are The Paradise War, The Silver Hand, and The Endless Knot.

I used to make Listmania lists on Amazon occasionally, and my favorite is What English Majors Read After College. There you’ll find some of my favorite gems from the past five years of reading outside of the classroom!


Some books Libbie likes are Toes, Ears & Nose (recommended to us by Alli-n-Son); One Shining Star, a great Christmas book for little ones; My Mommy and Me, with enchanting illustrations; and everything Lauren Child’s ever done … oh wait, that’s just me (I’m sure she’ll grow to love them as well)!

And some books that are on my current wishlist? When You Were Just a Heartbeat by Laurel Molk, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, and The Pioneer Woman Cooks.

For more recommended reading from The Wife, you can check out:
My Favorite Books of All Time
What I Read in 2008
Favorite Books of 2007

Want to win a copy of I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child? (A book I could have written myself! Ha!) Leave me a comment with a book you’d love to get for Christmas this year.

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29 thoughts on “Gift Guide: Books to Gift

  1. Ok, we can be Chatty friends if you no likey tomatoes :). Me no likey, either.

    Gosh, I keep starting books but not finishing them :(. BAD habit for 2009! Funny, but I just saw a FB status from Melanie Nelson, so a must-read book for me in 2010 is "Typepad for Dummies" (co-authored by she and Shannon Lowe/Rocks in my Dryer). Except, I think they were talking about me behind my back!!! 😉

  2. "Bringing Up Geeks" is on my wishlist this year.

    Nourishing Traditions is amazing.

    The Ruth Reichl books sound worth checking out, too. I like your taste in books! 🙂

  3. Hi Jessie!

    I've been reading for a while now, but never commented before-sorry! I just had to today though. I've borrowed 'Nourishing Traditions' from my sister before, and plan to buy a copy for myself. It has changed the way I feed my family. I see you've also referenced the Weston A. Price foundation. I though of both of these resources when I read your post about your PCOS (is that the right acronym?)

    See why I don't comment very much? I'll stop now:)

  4. hm… any of those first ones by that Gourmet author, maybe the Mother one. Those look great – I'll add them to my wish list this year.
    Thanks Jessie, hope things are going well in the U.S.ofA!

  5. We LOVE books in this house! I'd love to get more kids books for our collection or really nice editions of some of Jane Austin's books. I'd love to have a vintage looking set.
    Thanks for the giveaway. My girls love charlie and lola.
    thegood3 at gmail dot com

  6. Yay!! I love Charlie and Lola. We have this book in flat form,and the kids have just about torn it to pieces!

    I really need WordPress for Dummies!

  7. Great list–I got some good ideas for ones to add to my wishlist.

    I would love to get Green Tiger's Illustrated ABC's for christmas.

  8. Ooooh Jessie…I want so many books always. 🙂 I think I want to complete my C. S. Lewis collection this year. If that isn't specific enough, then I want hardcover copies of all of the Chronicles of Narnia. 🙂 With illustrations.

  9. Andrew and Elise love Charlie and Lola–they have a very similar dynamic.

    I have 3 out-of-print books sitting in my Amazon cart right now, one of which is the Year And Our Children by Marjorie Reed Newland. It's about celebrating the church year at home.

  10. I would love to recieve the book Where the Wild Things Are. That way, I can entertain my Goddaughter when she comes to visit. She loves to read books and this one is a great book for her.

    dottydo @ rocketmail . com

  11. I would love to get all of the Harry Potter books for Christmas. I have seen all the movies but never read the books. Sad I know…lol.

  12. Ohhhh so many!! Mostly cookbooks. But I also want the Fancy Nancy books for Miss Savannah. We've never read them, and I hear we most definitely should!

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