Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide 2011

What to get for the folks on your holiday list?  Books of course!  I always believe that your favorite book of the year makes a great gift for everyone.  Here are some recommends from my family to yours:

Grayson loved City of Ember. He read it for the second time this year and especially loved the movie it inspired.  This one has a strong female lead, perfect for the YA reader on your list.

Tessa, for some reason, calls all books Ga-Ga books.  She says, "read me this ga ga book or read me ga ga (insert name of book)."  Her favorites have been one based on an Edward Lear poem The Owl and the Pussycat and also a very frothy, syrupy, sweetie book called Pinkalicious.  Both available on-line or at your favorite bookstore.
She likes the part about plenty of money

Tries to eat the cupcakes off the page
My husband Geoff reads only e-books now so I have no idea what he has been reading, but I took some time to ask him what he recommends from this past year.  He suggested Routes of Man: How Roads are Changing the World and the Way we Live.  Geoff says, it puts roads in their proper context and is a harrowing travel memoir.

He also recommends Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, Happier.  This books focuses on the creativity and the people that come together to make a city.  Urban Policy that focuses solely on infrastructure and not the humans that live there wind up as cities with empty buildings.

As for me I have recently dug out a copy of Staying Put: Making Home in a Restless World by Scott Russell Sanders and am writing and thinking about the value of home.  I hope you and yours also are enjoying home and the simple pleasures of the season: music, lights, good food, laughter, and warm company.

I take a few weeks off from my blog at holiday time.  I'll be back in the New Year with plenty of good book recommendations. Happy Holidays to all!

What are your best reads of the past year?  Please recommend them below.


Steph said...

Ooooh! I need to get that SC Sanders book!

Ceci said...

Did you know there's also Goldalicious and Purplicious? Bella went through a phase with those. I like the artwork and the story isn't half bad.

Anonymous said...

The WWF(a)C book group just read Plainsong by Kent Haruf and we all found it refreshingly uplifting. (I also read the sequel, Eventide, and enjoyed it almost as much.) Finn by Jon Clinch, is a breathtaking, if grisly, realization of the tantalizing tidbits laid out in Huckleberry Finn about Huck's father. My girls and I have all just devoured the Hunger Games trilogy, and it has made for great discussions (as well as some book thieving by those of us "sharing" the same volume at the same time. My personal recent favorite is Kristin Kimball's The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love. Happy New Year! MKP