Gift Book Ideas for the Holidays

Here are some holiday gift ideas for the book lovers in your life.

Everything I Never Told YouThe New York Times has a list of 100 notable books of 2014.  The list is broken down into two categories: fiction & poetry, and nonfiction.

The Washington Post lists only the 10 best books of 2014.

Make It Ahead

If you can’t find something in the Goodreads Choice Awards for 2014, then there’s no hope for you.  Be sure to click on the link to the winners and runners-up in all 20 categories – which include “Debut Goodreads Authors,” “Graphic Novels and Comics,” “Humor,” “Fantasy,” and “Food & Cookbooks” in addition to the standard “Fiction,” and “Nonfiction” categories.

The Guardian had writers pick their favorite books of 2014 in a two part article.  Part 1 is here, and part 2 is here.

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Publishers Weekly has a list of its favorite books of the year here.

My Grandfather's Coat

School Library Journal has book suggestions for children broken down into four categories: Picture Books, Middle School, Young Adults, and Nonfiction.  You can click on each category to see its associated book list (but without any information about the content of the books) or you can click on “VIEW THE SLIDESHOW” to see each book with a description of its contents.  You can also download a printable .pdf file of all of their recommendations.

NPR has what it calls its 2014 “book concierge” which is a list of 250 books recommended by its staff and book critics.  The neat thing about it is that you can look at the books grouped by many different categories.  Once you pick a category that interests you (such as “Tales from Around the World”), click on a book cover to read the recommendation.  You can hear a segment about the book concierge here, and explore the concierge here.  Also note that NPR’s recommendations for past years (2008 – 2013) can be accessed from the book concierge.

And just because I found it fascinating, I’m throwing in a list of books from a Goodreads blog post.  The post is entitled “20 Moments That Changed History: A Reading List.”  Some of the books are old, and some are fairly new.  Some are fiction and some are nonfiction.  The thing that they have in common is that they explain exactly how important the 20 moments really were.  If you love history, don’t miss this list.

If the above lists aren’t sufficient, you can always look at the list of best sellers in The New York Times, and at

Buy lots of books for the special people on your gift list.  And don’t forget to buy a few for yourself as well because you’re special, too.

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