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I recommend books to friends all the time, but I rarely give books as gifts (unless the person has asked for a specific one). I’ve read one too many bad books that I was supposedly “sure to love,” and I don’t want to do that to anyone! In a perfect world, people would love the books I bought them. Here’s ten I’d love to give.
1. The Wee Free Men (Terry Pratchett) – This would go to a friend who loves fantasy and a kick-ass kid heroine.
2. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Lauren Willig) – This would go to my cousin, Dawn. She and I were super close growing up, and we bonded even more over the 1982 film adaptation “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” I think she’d like this series.
3. Under the Tuscan Sun (Frances Mayes) – To anyone who loves travel and history and food.
4. Cinderella Ate My Daughter (Peggy Orenstein) – My mother-in-law has been wanting to read this, so of course I’d lend it to her.
5. The Eyre Affair (Jasper Fforde) – I recommend this book to everyone, but especially to people who love books.
6. The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss) – I think my father-in-law would enjoy this book.
7. Married with Zombies (Jesse Petersen) – This is the first in a great series for those who are new to zombies. There’s plenty of the guts and gore for which the genre is known, but there’s a great relationship plot too.
8. Love Wins (Rob Bell) – For anyone who isn’t happy with modern religion.
9. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) – For those who don’t want to forget their childlike wonder (or who need to get it back).
10. Lies My Teacher Told Me (James W. Loewen) – For the people who say they hated history in school.
What books would you give as gifts?