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10 Of the Best Books To Give As Gifts

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With the holiday season already upon us, gift-giving season is also coming into full swing. Figuring out the perfect gift for someone can prove to be a daunting task, but when looking for the best gifts for your bookish friends and family, here’s some ideas.

Normal People By Sally Rooney

An achingly beautiful story about love and connection, this book makes the perfect gift for readers who love flawed characters and heart-wrenching situations. (And as an added bonus: it also has one of the best book-to-screen adaptations!)

Beach Read by emily Henry

This book will have the reader smiling and kicking their feet one moment and crying the next. It is hilarious, insightful, tender and loving. This is the perfect gift for a reader moving through grief and looking for healing and laughter. 

better than the movies by Lynn Painter

Featuring fake dating, the boy-next-door troupe and an abundance of rom-com references, this is the perfect book for the hopeless romantic in your life.

funny you should ask By Elissa Sussman

For readers who love second-chance romance and who constantly talk about their celebrity crush, this book makes the perfect gift. 

the house in the cerulean sea by TJ Klune

A delightfully whimsical book, this cozy tale is perfect for the reader who loves rainy days, cups of tea and fluffy blankets.

daisy jones and the six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

If you know someone who loves Fleetwood Mac, this is the book for them. Following the whirlwind rise of a 1970s rock group, this book is packed with beautiful lyrics, moving connections and a masterfully crafted story.

an ember in the ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An incredible story that features forbidden romance, an intense competition, a bit of magic and life-and-death stakes, this book is perfect for the fantasy lover in your life.

the invisible life of addie larue by V. E. Schwab

With a story that spans centuries and an incredible young woman who no one can seem to remember, this book makes the perfect gift for people who love books about books, and who are trying to find their place in the world.

i’m glad my mom died by Jennette McCurdy

Former child star Jennette McCurdy broke onto the writing scene with this book, detailing her experiences as a child star and her complicated relationship with her mother. Full of candor, resilience, heartbreak and bravery, this book makes the perfect gift for almost anyone.

the anthropocene reviewed By John Green

An incredible collection of essays, John Green’s adventure into nonfiction proves to be tender, thoughtful, at times hilarious and filled with hope, love and humanness. Perfect for any reader, at any time, this book offers something for everyone. 

Happy reading, happy giving and happy holidays!

Lauren is an English literature & communications major at the University of Pittsburgh. She loves all things coming of age, reading, and iced coffee related.