Sydney Young December 2014

The gift of a book is a gesture full of meaning. Sometimes it says: “Here is something I know you will love.” Other times, it is the favor of sharing something profound. Luckily, sometimes, it is just for fun.

Here are a few books I’m considering giving for Christmas.

“Mix It Up!” By Herve Tullet is a fun and creative book of colors for youngsters. Almost as good as “Why Is Blue Dog Blue?: A Tale of Colors” by George Rodríguez, but then, I’m partial.

“Hansel & Gretel” (a Toon Graphic) by Neil Garman for middle schooners, is a fascinating mix of story, history and graphics.

“Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Rowell, is an excellent twist on a Shakespearean classic that is perfect for the teen or adult who raced through John Green books. Careful, it’s an all-nighter.

“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel, for the reader who is ready to go back to a fictional dystopian society in this plague angst world.

“Talk Like Ted: The Nine Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds” by Carmine Gallo, for that business friend who will love being inspired by the world’s most loved Ted Talks.

“Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon, is a must for the friend that should be in on the current book to TV rage. Just make sure they aren’t already a 20 year fan, like yours truly.

“Edge of Eternity” by Ken Follet, for the friend who loves big historical novels. Trust me, they’ll have read the first two.

“Yes, Please,” by Amy Poehler. This will be treasured by the woman in your life who needs a laugh and inspiration.

“The Slow Regard of Silent Things” by Patrick Rothfuss for young adults who grew up loving Harry Potter. This is the third installment in the excellent fantasy series that is more adult than Potter.

“Desert God” by Wilbur Smith. If you have a Game of Thrones addict in your life, this fast paced genre mix will ease their pining for the next Martin tome and put them in the midst of another beloved series.

“The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher” by Hilary Mantel. This pleasing and strange group of short stories is for that friend who reads in snatches. It is also for the one who is in-the-know in the literary world.

“On Immunity: An Inoculation” by Eula Bids, is for the serious reader on your list. Or, basically, for everyone on your list. It’s everything you really don’t want to think about but suddenly must.

“The Antiquarian” by Gustavo Faveron Patria. Most likely the mystery lover on your list won’t have read this translation that is getting high praise. The question is, will they be able to figure it out?

“Underwater Puppies” by Seth Casteel, for the person who has everything, or for the person who just needs a smile. This new coffee table picture book will deliver.

“Hyperbole and a Half” by Allie Brosh, an irreverent meme for the college student who needs belly laughs. Be careful where you are when you sneak a peek - you’ll get caught snickering.

For those who love the holidays, “My True Love Gave to Me” by Stephanie Parks, a collection of well received holiday stories.

And finally, one of the most cherished Christmas book gifts, with many new and old versions to choose from: The Bible.

Of course, there isn’t room to list them all. What books are on your lists?

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