I’m THAT Person, the One Who Gives Books

The title kind of says it all. I needed to get my Christmas shopping done early (as in by yesterday) this year for a number of logistics reasons so complicated and dull that I can’t bear to write them down. But I did it, and the whole chore was made SO much more fun by deciding that I would give most adults and all the kids on my list this year books (or in one case, the BOTM club). Now that my kids are grown, I’ve lost touch with the tastes in games and fashion (if I ever was in such touch) of my younger nieces, nephews, and children of friends, but it is easy enough to find favorite classics or prize winning picture books and YA and MG fiction (including some awesome graphic novels). And for the adults in my life to whom I still give gifts, what better opportunity than a book to impose my own tastes (and support by favorite authors) for the bargain price of $10-$30—a perfect way of making the holidays all about me, which is the point of them, right?

Make it safe to say “Merry Christmas, KT” again!

Here are some choices I made:

For little kids:

Charlie & Mouse,  Laurel Snyder

The World is not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid

For middle grade up to older teen:

Let’s Pretend We Never Met, Melissa Walker

The Odyssey,  Gareth Hinds illustrated version

Arena, Holly Jennings

5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior, Mark Siegel

For grown ups:

Pachinko, Min Jin Lee (my favorite book of the year)

Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story, Douglas Preston

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi

All Tomorrow’s Parties, Rob Spillman

The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry

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

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., Neal Stephenson

Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales, P.D. James


What about you?


What I’m reading: Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng


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