Books to Gift Reluctant Readers This Christmas

Readers love sharing their passion for books with other people. But what if your loved ones, be they friends or family members, are not massive readers? Can you still gift them books for Christmas? If they truly hate reading, the answer is probably no. However, if they are just not overly enthusiastic about the act of sitting down and read for a while, there is probably still a chance that they may not loathe receiving a book as a gift. Possibly, that book may even make them pick up other books in the future.

This post is not a list of specific books that I recommend to reluctant readers. Although I mention a couple of titles (the majority of which I haven’t read myself) as examples, I’ve just mainly decided to share with you some ideas about the types of books that unenthusiastic readers may be more willing to pick up, depending on their interests.

 

Companion books for TV series and films

Those who are huge fans of certain TV series or films may like knowing more about their production. Luckily for them, there are various books that focus on the behind the scenes of various shows and blockbusters. If they like Game of Thrones, for example, there are various books about the making of the show – Game of Thrones: The Costumes by Michele Clapton with Gina McIntyre, The Art of Game of Thrones – The Official Book of Design from Season 1 to Season 8 by Deborah Riley with Jody Revenson, or Game of Thrones: A Guide to Westeros and Beyond by Miles McNutt. I don’t own any of these books, but they look stunning! There are also various such books about the Harry Potter films, for instance. Continue reading

Beautiful Books to Gift this Christmas

If you, like me, unwisely leave Christmas shopping for the last minute (or more precisely for the last week), you may still be needing some ideas about what to buy for the book lovers in your life. Last year, the post I wrote to share gift ideas included both books and related items. This time I’m limiting my recommendations to books which have either beautiful covers or are gorgeously illustrated. Some I own myself, others I don’t but wish I did.

 

Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days by Jeanette Winterson

I didn’t include this collection of short stories and recipes on my gift recommendations last year, because I was convinced that it was supposed to be read on the countdown to Christmas. However, I’ve recently heard that the 12 days of Christmas start on Christmas day and end on 5 January, making it a perfect gift after all. I will definitely read it this season!

 

Virago Modern Classics Editions of Daphne du Maurier’s books

After loving Rebecca, I’ve added books by Daphne du Maurier to my wish list almost every other month. And I would love to have them all on the Virago Modern Classics Editions which have stripy spines and du Maurier’s name on the top. One or more of them would make a perfect Christmas gift. Quality content and gorgeous covers – what more could a reader want? Continue reading

Bookish Christmas Gifts Ideas

Christmas is coming, and I thought some of you may be in need of some ideas for bookish gifts to either offer your dear ones or to ask Santa Claus for. Expect not only books but also other items which are in one way or another connected with them. Some of them I own, while others are on my wish list. Not that I expect many book related gifts, as nowadays people offer me other things, since they are not sure about which books I already own.

 

Books

A book with a beautiful cover is always a fantastic idea for a Christmas gift. Even if the person already owns that book, it may not be in particular stunning edition. For Jane Austen lovers, I hugely recommend the Vintage Classics Austen Series. I have Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey in these editions, but you can get all of her main novels wrapped up in gorgeous covers with French flaps.

But if you don’t know anyone who is a Jane Austen fan (which I doubt), you may have a friend who loves Russian classics. The Vintage Classics Russian Series features many books I’m also looking forward to reading and that may appeal to many people. Anna Karenina and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky and The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov are some of the books in this series. Continue reading