31 Days of Reading Well: Day 7, Great Books to Gift

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Looking for a great book to gift for Christmas, a birthday, or just as a surcee (as my dear Robin calls those anytime presents)? 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 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 in 2009); 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. He has unique tastes, but some books he’s received as gifts and enjoyed are Shultz and Peanuts and The Autobiography of Mark Twain.

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)!

I have read some great gems this year that I think appeal to a wide audience. If somehow the reader in your life has not devoured The Help or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, start with those. I really loved Olive Kitteridge and The Paris Wife (the latter especially if the recipient is a literature or history buff).

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

Are there any books you like to give to others or constantly find yourself recommending? 

Updated post from the archives.

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4 thoughts on “31 Days of Reading Well: Day 7, Great Books to Gift

  1. As the mother of an English major graduate I found the Amazon list fun. I have read all of your gems except Olive Kitteridge. Guess that will be my next book. Thanks!

  2. Ella Minnow Pea. It is a great book. It is an adult book, but it sounds like a children's book. Thanks for the children's book recommendations by the way. I'm always looking for good ones to read.

    Sarah L

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