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Holiday Books

Holiday Books

Tis the season for some last minute shopping, and here at Of Print and Prose, we’d like to share some ideas of great books to give as gifts.

1. Great Books from 2012

Even if you have a good idea of what kind of books the bookworms on your list like, it can sometimes be hard to guess which ones they’ve already read!  Play it safe and buy them something recent.

  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling: I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but it’s a safe bet that any Harry Potter fan old enough to be reading adult fiction is interested in this book.
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: It’s in both the editor’s picks and the customer favorites list for Amazon’s Best Books of 2012 list, so it must be good.
  • Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel: A sequel to Wolf Hall and winner of the Man Booker Prize, this novel is a great option for readers who like historical fiction.

2. Holiday Themed Books

It’s the right time of year for them, so why not?

  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg: This is a great option for the kid on your list.  It’s a fantastic Christmas story with beautiful illustrations.
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: It’s a classic for a reason!  I always enjoy rereading this book around Christmas.

3. Books made into Movies

There sure are a lot of these to choose from this year!  The people on your Christmas list are already hearing a lot about these titles.  If they liked the movie, chances are they’ll enjoy the book even more!

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: Don’t give this to a friend who reads a lot of fantasy (they probably already own it) but a friend that enjoyed the movie might want to give the book a try as well.  It would also be a great gift idea for a teen who has been reading young adult fantasy.
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: Again, Tolstoy is a classic for a reason.  Be sure to get the translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (this is true for any classic Russian novel.)
  • Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin: This is a good one for someone who likes history, in fact, Becca and I have already given it as a Christmas gift in years past.  Now that the movie Lincoln has been such a success, I’m sure even more people will be interested in reading it.
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: This book is a serious time commitment, but it would be a good gift for someone who loves classics or an avid francophile.

4. Cookbooks

They don’t contain much prose, but a cookbook makes a great gift!  For the novice cook, a basic collection of recipes will be useful and appreciated.  For someone with more kitchen experience, there are a lot of great options out there.

  • Betty Crocker Cookbook: This is our family’s choice for a basic cookbook-our mom gave it to each of us for Christmas the year we had our first apartment.  It has a good mix of basic cooking information and quick and easy recipes, so it’s perfect for a beginner.
  • Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child: This would be my choice for a famous, classic cookbook.  (I received it for Christmas a few years ago.)  It’s a great quality cookbook, with a lot of good information, plus it’s just fun to look through it for inspiration now and then.

-Elizabeth

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