My Favorite Books to Give

I’m a total book nerd. My dream is to have a Beauty and the Beast library in my house someday. One of my favorite gifts to receive is a book. I think it is so special to share one of your favorite books with your friends. But books can be tricky gifts since everyone’s tastes can vary dramatically. These are some of my favorite books and the ones I love to give as gifts.

For the perfectionist: Rising Strong by Brene Brown

It’s no secret; I’m a Brene Brown groupie. Rising Strong was my first exposure to Ms. Brown and is still my favorite of her books. The main topic is how to recover from failures and losses, but she touches on courage, vulnerability, communication and so much more. This is by far my most gifted book and will probably continue to be.

For your high school bestie who had an Edward Cullen poster in their room: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

If I had to pick a favorite fiction book, this might be it! It’s got witches, vampires, and magic books and takes place at Oxford. It feels a bit like Twilight meets Harry Potter, but for adults. It’s pure fun and magic.

For the romantic: History of Love by Nicole Krauss

I originally read this book as part of a high school summer reading assignment and immediately fell in love with Nicole Krauss’s writing style. The story is an intricately woven tale of different kinds of love. It’s one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read.

For the girl on the edge of burnout: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler’s book explores her journey through the comedy world and how she balances her life. I love her completely honest perspective on how she manages her life. Also bonus she’s so funny.

For the girl who loves a good cry: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

World War II books don’t tend to be too cheery, and this book is certainly no exception, but this book is achingly beautiful. A little warning, this book is a bit on the slower side. It took a while to sink into the pace, so this may not be the best book if your friend isn’t already a reader.

For a friend struggling with her mental health: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

While this book is for young adults, it also contains one of the most compelling descriptions of the internal monologue of mental illness. The main character struggles with OCD, but I found a lot of the descriptions to be a really accurate explanation of what my brain feels like when I’m anxious. You might recognize the name John Green from The Fault in Our Stars. This book is significantly less sad, but just as emotional poignant.

For the girl who needs a gentle kick in her pants: The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

The Defining Decade explains why our 20s matter and how to make the most of those years. Honestly, this book majorly stressed me out, but it would make the perfect kick-in-the-pants for your friend with lots of potential who seems to be going no where fast.

For the aspiring Girl Boss: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

While I also the love the OG Girl Boss book (Sophia Amoruso’s), I don’t think there is a better example of what hard work and boldly pursuing your dreams than Mindy Kaling. And of course as an added bonus, she’s freaking hilarious.

For the fellow book lover: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

I love adding a children’s book to the mix books to gift, even when the gift isn’t for kids. A good kids book can be a great escape and an excellent way to share a bit of childhood nostalgia. Inkheart was my favorite book as a child and the story still stands up.


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