O Come, All Ye Reading Faithful

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As we enter the final stretch of holiday shopping, you are probably wishing that, like Santa, you had hundreds of elves at your disposal to help fill those holes left on your holiday shopping list. So, while the elves slave away and Santa rechecks his list, we thought we’d lend a few suggestions of some of our favorite books that you can share with those tricky leftover gift-getters.

Co-Worker: Great, you’ve signed up for your office’s Secret Santa present swap! Too bad you received someone whom you know nothing about! Avoid the cheesy gag gifts and nondescript tokens (who needs another coffee mug?), and consider picking up a a revisited edition of one of Jane Austen’s classics. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies are equal parts unique and hilarious. Everyone at the water cooler will be sure to notice your creativity (and we bet several people will even try to trade their gifts of socks for it)!

Stressed Out Student: Have a friend who’s wiped out after finals? Or maybe there’s a co-worker whose hard work is making you look bad? Help her realize her procrastination potential with the 365 Days of Procrastination Calendar. For the daughter or nephew who you think isn’t ready for the chaos that is college, consider setting him or her up with Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: College.

New Year’s Resolution Maker: We all have at least one friend who is notorious for having at least one new goal each January 1st – whether it’s to eat out less, budget more, or be better at doing things in moderation. Help jump start her ambition with a helpful guide to cut back on spending, like The Vintage Home, which provides useful tips on remaking your apartment without breaking the bank. Or if your friend is looking to be more generous with her time in 2010, Change the World for Ten Bucks, should help inspire her goal.

Pet-Obsessed Friend: Glamour Dogs, with its featured 100+ breeds of dogs, is a fab find for that friend who made you look through the photo album she dedicated to her schnauzer.

The Fashionista: Whether she admires Jackie O. or Lady Gaga, she’ll love the comprehensive guide Fashion and Fashion Designers, which profiles top designers and will help improve her design vocab. If she’s got an old-fashioned flair, both Grace Kelly: A Life in Pictures and Audrey Style, provide a gorgeous photographic biography of two of Hollywood’s infamous icons. If she’s a budding fashionista who has trouble navigating her closet, Closet Style Confidential, with its helpful and amusing charts, will help guide her to style.

The Wannabe Martha Stewart: Whether it’s your mom or boyfriend (a man who cooks – every girl’s dream!), drop a hint of the yummy dishes you’d like to be served the next time you visit! For your sweet toothed friend, gift NPR’s Cake Lady’s All Cakes Considered. Guac Off!, a tasty take on the ever-enticing avocado, will zest up any cook’s bookshelf!

Oh, Brother!: Male family members can often be the trickiest people on your list. Stuff White People Like and Passive Aggressive Notes, both spawns of the popular websites, are great coffee table books filled with laughs that the boys will love.

The Crush: Drop a hint with Flirting 101.

The Child in Your Life (Either Literally or Figuratively): You can’t go wrong with a beautifully-illustrated, hardcover edition of The Little Prince.

Film Fanatic: Cult Movie Quote Book is a fab gift for any movie-obsessed maven – or a handy guide for that friend who never knows what you and your cohorts are referencing.

The Ever Voracious Reader: If you’re still at a loss for what to get the reader in your life, you may want to check out one of the many ‘book a month clubs’ out there. Easton Press offers the top 100 books of all time. Each book you receive is a leather-bound edition embellished with gilded lettering on the spine. However, those on a leaner budget, can check out Books With  Bows, a service which allows its gifters to choose a plan of 3, 6, or 12 months. You can choose the books or leave that up to the reader.

No matter your gifts this holiday season – be they poetry or prose – we wish you “Happy Reading!”


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    Alyssa 12/16/2009 at 7:57 pm #

    That’s so weird, I just picked up “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” today from the library.

    And The Little Prince (or “Le Petit Prince” as we know it in French class) is so cute.

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    Jessica 12/16/2009 at 8:50 pm #

    The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbooks are surprisingly insightful!

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    crystal 12/17/2009 at 12:29 am #

    I just read that they’re making Pride and Prejudice and Zombies into a movie!! http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118012601.html?categoryid=13&cs=1&nid=2562

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    Natalie 12/17/2009 at 12:30 pm #

    Awesome suggestions! I got a few copies of “Stuff White People Like,” because you really can’t go wrong with it, and there’s nothing wrong with having a little emergency gift stash just in case you forgot someone, or received a gift from someone that you weren’t expecting to!

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