5 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Bookworm in Your Life

It’s that time of year again: when friends and relatives alike complain that they don’t know what to give the bookworms in their lives. The answer is actually pretty simple: BOOKS. But I know that we bookworms are picky. We know exactly which books we like. If you’re worried about giving us the “wrong” book, there are other things you could give us that we’d appreciate. Here are just a few of them…

1. A book-themed tote bag

A book-themed tote bag from Storiarts

We love tote bags. Not only can we use them when we’re buying groceries, we can stuff them with….more BOOKS! Have I already said we love books? And what better way to show off just how much we love books than by having book-themed tote bags? Storiarts has a great selection of hand-sewn tote bags featuring Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, Dracula and more. They also sell other literary-themed products such as scarves, pillows and tees that your bookworm is sure to love.

2. A book subscription box

For your horror/mystery/thriller-loving bookworm – a subscription box from My Thrill Club

You could always surprise your bookworm with a book subscription box, which is a great option if you know what genre they like to read…but don’t want to take a misstep when it comes to which books to pick out. One that looks petty cool is My Thrill Club. Your horror/mystery/thriller-loving bookworm will get a box of with two new hardcover titles and an ebook. The guesswork is taken care of since the box is curated for you and your bookworm. Plus, it’s the gift that keeps on giving–some boxes are quarterly, other are monthly! How awesome is that? Head over to Cratejoy for even more book subscription box ideas. 

3. A book-themed pouch

Keep your essentials together with a book-themed pouch

I’m rather partial to having pouches. They’re perfect to pop in my tote bags and help me keep track of essentials (like my Carmex jar, hand cream, extra ponytail holders, etc). They’re also great for keeping my writing stuff (like Post-It notes, my favourite pens, 3×5 cards) together and always at hand. I love this children’s book themed pouch from Sandra Arduini Design. Head over to Etsy and check out her work. She also has a shower curtain, iPhone case and tote bag featuring the same image.

4. A cozy reading chair

Who wouldn’t love this cozy-looking chair called STRANDMON from IKEA?

If there’s anything bookworms love more than books, it’s cozy places to read books. Treat the booklover in your life to a comfortable armchair where they can lost themselves in their favorite books. Imagine how happy they’ll be as they curl up with their latest book purchase, tea and a soft blanket…sounds perfect, right? And this STRANDMON armchair from IKEA is affordable AND comfortable AND retro-stylish. Three big wins! Your bookworm will adore you for this. 

5. A gift card for their favorite bookstore

Gift cards for bookstores always work!

If you’re still uncertain, you can’t go wrong with giving them a gift card for their favorite bookstore. That way they can pick out exactly the books they’ve got on their book wish lists and you won’t have to rip your hair out trying to figure out which books they’re dying to read (especially since we know the list of books is super-long). Whether they prefer Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, iBooks or a local indie bookstore, a gift card will always be appreciated by bookworms–because we can never have too many books. 

5 Holiday Gifts for Your Fave Book Nerd

Since Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are all just around the corner, I thought we should take a moment to think of some cool holiday gifts for your favorite book nerds.

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Is your book nerd a bit of a revolutionary? Knows his or her own mind? Then get them the “I Would Prefer Not To” Bundle from Melville House. I think I may treat myself to this. The hubster could probably use this at work too. 😉

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If your book nerd loves color-coordinated books, give her a few books in the Penguin Orange Collection. They’re gorgeous, aren’t they? Modern classics that should definitely be on our bookshelves!

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Want to surprise your book nerd with a box of surprise goodies? Send them a Bookish Gifts Subscription Box. You can choose a single box, 3 months, 6 months or a year! We book nerds like bookish surprises.

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Is your bookish friend a writer as well? Why not treat him or her to a personalized notebook or planner from Moleskine? When they’re planning their next masterpiece, they’ll be thinking of you. 🙂

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Does your book nerd love Edgar Allan Poe? Then she’ll adore this cuff that’s stamped with the last two verses of “The Raven”! Or maybe she’ll love some of the Wicked Wordsmith Company‘s other literary jewelry!

These are just a few ideas! I’ll be back soon with more! 🙂

 

My Christmas reading list

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Photo credit: Kate Zaidova/unsplash.com

I love to escape into a good book. I think everyone who knows me is well aware of this fact. Sometimes I prefer books to people. This is especially true during the Christmas season. Usually, it’s a pretty stressful time at work and I just want to relax…but then there are all those Christmas things you have to do–like mingles and shopping and meeting family (which is not bad, though sometimes there are those who try your patience). That’s why I always have a book with me–you never know when you need a few minutes to yourself to simply…escape. 

And I love holiday love stories. Yes, I am kitschy like that. It doesn’t even need to be a romance, as long as people are falling in love and there’s a little snow and maybe even mistletoe, well that makes me happy. So here are some of titles I’ve already 1-clicked for my Kindle. Maybe they’ll whet your holiday romance appetite.

Wrapped-in-Red-slider1-280x376Wrapped in Red by Mika Jolie

Christmas is a time to be merry and bright. For Minka Montgomery, it’s anything but.

While Martha’s Vineyard bursts with festive lights and good cheer, a black shadow parades around and within Minka. With her Christmas spirit conspicuously absent, her marriage to Jason Montgomery has snowballed and is spiraling out of control. The weight of motherhood – and her new role as a wife – presses on her shoulders. Self-doubt creeps in and swiftly turns to hopelessness.
As her anxiety level rises, can she share what’s in her heart with her husband? Is there a branch of hope to hold on to? With Christmas only twelve days away, can she find her Christmas spirit and rediscover the true meaning of the season?

Festive Stocking Filled with Candycanes and Gingerbread Man

The Calum by Xio Axelrod

Calum, The (Noun)
1. fictional hero of best-selling romance novel, A Laird to Love
2. the perfect man

Twenty-six is too old to believe in fairytales, but tell that to Lovie’s roommate. Convinced she’ll find a real life version of her ultimate book boyfriend, Calum MacKenzie, Jo drags Lovie to the Scottish Highlands. Lovie’s no cynic *ahem* but she knows The Calum is a myth. A construct. A freaking unicorn! And there are warmer places to spend a winter vacation.

 

winters-tale-english-5.previewWinter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Set in New York at the beginning and the end of the twentieth century, Winter´s Tale unfolds with such great narrative force and beauty that a reader can feel that its world is more real than his own. Standing alone on the page before the book begins are the words, I have been to another world, and come back. Listen to me. In that world, both winter and the city of New York (old and new) have the strength and character of protagonists, and the protagonists themselves move as if in a vivid dream. Though immensely complicated, the story is centered upon Peter Lake, a turn-of-the-century Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young heiress whom he encounters in robbing her house, and who eventually will die young and in his arms. His love for her, and a gift of grace, will allow him after the most extraordinary and painful explorations and discoveries to stop time and bring back the dead. To follow him, his predecessors, his inheritors, and his companions is to experience one of the great stories of American literature.

Wrapped in Red NMWrapped in Red by Nana Malone and Sherelle Green

Two holiday romances for the price of one! 🙂

‘Tis the season for finding passion and rediscovering love… 

Mistletoe Mantra by Nana Malone

Returning to her Virginia hometown where her fiancé dumped her—years earlier on Christmas Eve—is making Nomi Adams croon the holiday blues. She needs to find the reclusive photographer who can advance her magazine career. However, Lincoln Porter’s on his own rescue mission this yuletide. Because during this season of love and renewal, Faith, Virginia, looks to be a place for second chances…

White Hot Holiday by Sherelle Green

A solo Caribbean vacation is college professor Sage Langley’s perfect escape from Christmas and all its merriment. But she has unexpected and thrilling company at Grayson Ellington’s luxurious vacation home: the sexy attorney himself! And her brother’s best friend—who has desired and longed for Sage for years—has fantasies and plans for a red-hot romance to chase away her winter doldrums.

comfort_and_joyComfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah

An oldie but still a goodie!

In this modern-day fairy tale, New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah gives us a very special gift: the heartwarming story of a woman at a crossroads, caught between two lives, who finds a second chance at happiness.

Joy Candellaro used to love Christmas more than any other time of the year. Now, as the holiday approaches, she finds herself at loose ends. Recently divorced and estranged from her sister, she can’t summon the old enthusiasm for celebrating. So without telling anyone, she buys a ticket and boards a plane bound for the rural Northwest.

Yet Joy’s best-laid plans go terribly awry. The plane crashes deep in the darkness of a forest. Miraculously, Joy and her fellow passengers walk away from the wreckage as the plane explodes. There, amid the towering trees, Joy makes a bold and desperate decision to leave her ordinary life behind and embark on an adventure…just for the holidays.

Daniel O’Shea has returned to the small town of Rain Valley, following the death of his ex-wife. Now he is a single father facing his son’s first Christmas without a mother. Six-year-old Bobby isn’t making it easy-the boy has closed himself off from the world, surrounding himself with imaginary friends.

When Joy and Bobby meet, they form an instant bond. Thrown together by fate, these wounded souls will be touched by the true spirit of Christmas and remember what it means to be a family.

Then a dramatic turn of events shows Joy the price of starting over. On a magical Christmas Eve she will come face-to-face with a startling truth. Now she must decide: In a time of impossible dreams and unexpected chances, can she find the faith to reach for the love she has found…and the new life only she believes in?

There are still more books on my Christmas reading list, so check back later this week for more ideas! And if you’re looking for gift ideas for the book nerd in your life, check out my suggestions here

 

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…to my Gift Ideas for Book Nerds – Xmas 2013 Edition board on Pinterest. Still looking for Xmas gift ideas for the peeps? Then check it out. 🙂

Also! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to receive an autographed copy of Snowbound *and* a Snowbound tote bag. 🙂 Five books + tote bags up for grabs!

To enter all you need to do is leave a comment about snow here or on my FB Author page. 🙂 But hurry–I’ll be picking the winners on 11 December.

 

Christmas Gift Ideas for Book Nerds, 2012 Edition

Christmas is just around the corner…

Just a quickie to let you know I’ve started compiling a new edition of Christmas Gift Ideas for Book Nerds. This time you can find it here on Pinterest.

There you will find pictures and links to the items I think could be fun gifts for the book nerd in your life.

Check it often–I will be updating the board every few days with anything cool I find! 🙂

 

A Few More Gifts for Book Lovers — Part Four

As promised, here’s the final installment of my series on gift ideas for your favorite book lovers. Since people say we book lovers are notoriously difficult to shop for, I thought I’d bring you a few more ideas for gifts to make your Christmas shopping a little easier.

This time, our list is short and sweet. Just three items that could really help you with those final items on your Christmas shopping list… and let’s face it, we book lovers are kind of hard to shop for–we don’t like other people picking out books for us but we’d rather you didn’t simply hand us a card with some money in it. 🙂

Something Practical…

For the book lover who is always on to move, Moleskine journals are the perfect gift. They are stylish, durable and come in lots of versions to satisfy even the pickiest book lover. I am a Moleskine junkie–I have tons of them and I jot down everything from “to do” lists to ideas for future short stories and novels. I always have one with me when I am traveling and now Moleskine has come out with the Moleskine Travel Gift Box Set, the Gourmet Gift Box Set, the Writing Gift Box Set, the Drawing Gift Box Set and the Gardening Gift Box Set. The Travel Gift Box Set includes a Moleskine Passions 240-page lined journal with 5 themed sections and two luggage tags. It all comes in a very nice gift box so your friend can always keep track of their journal and tags by popping it back in the box and placing the box in their bookcase. The recommended retail price for the Travel Gift Box Set is $49.95 but you may be able to find it at a much lower price online or in a bricks-and-mortar bookstore. You can either order the gift set directly from Moleskine or check with your favorite local bookseller.

A Flight of Fancy…

Jane Austen Charm Bracelet from the Jane Austen Gift Shop

A few days ago I found the Jane Austen Centre Gift Shop online and it’s the perfect place to buy a nice present for your Jane Austen-loving friends. One of my favorite items there was the Jane Austen charm bracelet. The bracelet and its charms are made of 925 silver, and each charm is a miniature of a Jane Austen novel. Open the charm and it features a line from one of her novels. Such a charming gift! It’s a tad bit expensive at £200 ($322 USD) but this is one of those flights of fancy presents… And just think how thrilled your Jane Austen-loving friend will be when she opens the box. 🙂

If You’re Still Stumped…

Then you can always do the obvious: give your book-loving friend a gift certificate to a bookstore. But if you do, please support an independent bookstore in your friend’s neighborhood. Supporting a local bookstore means supporting local communities and job-creation. To find an indie bookstore near you (or your book-loving friend), go to IndieBound. You can also browse the independent booksellers’ bestsellers list and get ideas for books for kids, among other things. So go local, go to your local bookseller.

That’s it for this year! Hope you’re nearly done now with your Christmas shopping! Coming soon we’ll have some more book reviews, my list of 2011’s favorite Christmas reads and what I’ll be reading in 2012.

 

Even More Gifts for Book Lovers — Part Three

I don’t think I am alone in being a book nerd who likes coffee. I drink absurd amounts of it. Nearly all the book nerds I know love coffee or tea, love spending time in places where they can read and drink their favorite hot beverage…and they love cookies. I only know one book nerd who isn’t a cookie monster but then she doesn’t like snacks either…maybe she is really a pod person? But that’s another story! If you’re still banging your head against a wall looking for gifts for your favorite book nerd, why not try gifts that will help her (or him) do their second-favorite thing in all the world–drink coffee (or tea) and get lost in a book…?

Cool Coffee Mugs

I love coffee mugs. I especially love diner-style coffee mugs. They fit so nicely in my hand and it feels wonderful to have coffee or hot chocolate in my favorite mug. I’ve found a few that I think my fellow book nerds will like. I even own one of them already and have my eye on the others as future coffee mugs to have at home and at work.

Ceramic Script Frenzy Mug

If your book nerd friends are also (aspiring) screenwriters, then the Script Frenzy Bistro Mug could be the perfect accessory for their messy desk. Brought to you be Letters and Light, the people who bring us Nanowrimo, Script Frenzy and the Nanowrimo Young Writers Program, this mug is shiny, cobalt blue and packs a whopping 15 ounces of coffee for the writing soul. And while you’re at it, why not make a donation to Nanowrimo in your friend’s name so Nanowrimo and Script Frenzy can survive another year.

 

Wuthering Heights Penguin Book Cover Mug

Ever since I first saw Penguin’s book cover mugs, I have coveted them. I want them all. I think I will treat myself to one or two this year (it’s convenient that Christmas and my birthday are so close–I can treat myself to loads of presents). I’ve been thinking about getting one to have at work since I don’t like using paper cups. The question is–how to decide which one would best suit my desk…and then if I had four at home I could make sure my book nerd girlfriends all had fun mugs from which to drink their coffee when they come by…hmm. Well, I think your book nerd friends would love one of these Penguin mugs–they speak to the writer who lives in every book nerd’s soul. 🙂 If you live in the US, these may be hard to find but Bloomsbury & Co ships internationally so they could help you. In Sweden, we can buy these mugs at Pocket Shop. The store at Sergels Torg has a nice selection, by the way.

Barista Gift Box from Dean & Deluca

Now if you really want to splurge, you could treat your favorite book nerd (or yourself) to the Dean and Deluca Barista Gift. It comes with three sampler bags of Dean and Deluca Espresso, Breakfast Blend and French Roast, 2 diner mugs, a bag of chocolate espresso beans, a Chemex coffee maker and coffee filters. I am already in love with it. I may have to treat myself to this the next time I am in the US. 🙂 It costs $95 and you can never go wrong with a gift box from Dean and Deluca.

A Comfy Chair and a Throw

The Saybrook Wicker Wingback Armchair from Pottery Barn

I’ve got a thing about chairs. I don’t know why–especially since my balcony isn’t big enough to house all the chairs I’d like to have. I think most book nerds like comfy chairs in which we can enjoy our favorite books. I love sitting outside and feeling the sun on my skin as I read. I have this dream that one day I will have a nice lawn (that someone else takes care of because I don’t have a green thumb), lilac bushes and a magnolia tree, and lots of Adirondack chairs with comfy cushions for good measure. Until that dream comes true, I will drool over the Saybrook All-Weather Wicker Wingback Armchair from Pottery Barn. It looks like the perfect chair for spending a lazy afternoon reading A Room with a View or 32 Candles or Darkness at Dawn. Okay, the chair is pricey–at $699 it definitely breaks my budget but it just looks so nice…well, a girl can dream.

Monogrammable Throw from Pottery Barn

But if you want to be more reasonable (and I don’t blame you) a nice throw is always a good present for a book nerd. We get chilly when we’re sitting there reading and something nice and soft and warm to put around our shoulders is just the thing to keep us toasty (well, a cuddle is also good).  Pottery Barn has some nice monogrammable ones (even better! We love personalized gifts!) in great colors. And they’re only $39. Not bad! 🙂 The faux fur one is also very cozy-looking. We bought one last year from West Elm and it’s stylish and warm–talk about combining fashion and function.

Something for the Littlest Book Nerd

The t-shirt that says it all, from Penguin

I firmly believe that you should help children love reading from an early age. And for the wee ones who can’t read yet but who like being read to, well let’s start them off early with  proclaiming their love for books (even if it’s just chewing on them) with a t-shirt that says it all. Penguin Books has a great toddler tee that let’s your wee one tell the world how much the love books. If I had kids, I would put this shirt on them everyday. 🙂

 

Peter Rabbit Zoobie, from Penguin USA

And then there is the Peter Rabbit Zoobie, which is perfect for future book nerds. It’s cute and your pregnant book nerd friend will love you for helping to introduce her future progeny to a children’s classic (pair it with a copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and she’ll love you even more). You will be forever remembered as the cool aunt/uncle/friend with good taste in books and prezzies for the tykes. And that’s always a good thing.

That’s it for now…I’ll be back with Part Four (the final part of my gift ideas posts) mid-week.

More Gifts for Book Lovers — Part Two

It’s two weeks until Christmas–have you figured out what you want to give the book lovers on your list? Last week I suggested a few titles that might tickle their fancy. Maybe one of them jumped out and grabbed you? If not, then why not think about non-book gift ideas that book lovers might enjoy… 🙂

Bags

I love handbags and tote bags. I think most book lovers appreciate a bag with plenty of space for a trade paperback, a notebook and some pens. (And your loyalty card for your favorite café). I especially appreciate bags that have enough space for my Macbook Air. I found a few that I have fallen in love with and I think your female book lover friends will too.

Melville House Books’ “I Would Prefer Not To…” tote bag not only looks fantastic but it also pays homage to a fantastic story, “Bartleby the Scrivener” by the illustrious Mr. Melville, of course. According to Melville House, you could fit a French bull dog in the bag…so it should surely be sturdy enough for a lightweight MacBook Air… 🙂 You can never go wrong with a black bag, and a black bag inspired by a literary classic…well, that just can’t possibly be wrong, can it? 🙂

Another bag I love is the Pride and Prejudice tote bag from Out of Print Clothing. It’s adorable! Out of Print Clothing also has tote bags featuring other classics such as Moby Dick, the Great Gatsby, Animal Farm and a Clockwork Orange. I am already eyeing the Pride and Prejudice and Clockwork Orange tote bags. I really shouldn’t buy two more…but I love switching around bags and variety is the spice of life.

And when you purchase a tote bag from Out of Print Clothing, they’ll send a book to a community in need. So why not  buy more than one?

Out of Print Clothing also has coasters, t-shirts and other fun accessories for book lovers. Let’s face it: just because we love reading doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate cool things. So head over there now and behold this mecca of coolness.

Now this next bag is not very practical but it’s stylish and it’s inspired by a literary classic so I couldn’t resist posting it. I am a big fan of Kate Spade bags and her series of clutches inspired by the classics is adorable. The only cons? Well, the size is an issue and the price–$325. But if you want a statement bag for an evening out and you’re reading a book on your Smart phone or your  iPhone (yes, there are people who do this…I am not one of them) then maybe the Romeo & Juliet clutch is for you (or your favorite book lover). Not a Shakespeare fan? Have no fear: there are also clutches paying homage to Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde.

 

A Book Light

MiniFlex LED eReader Book Light

Ultra Thin LED Book Light

I love reading. I read everywhere: in bed, on planes, on buses, in the bathtub, when standing in line, you name it. And sometimes there just isn’t enough light. So maybe your book loving friend or relative would appreciate a nice book light they could clip on to their favorite book or e-book reader. Mighty Bright Light has a great selection and nearly all of them are under $20–not bad when you consider the economic crisis we’re in. I’ve posted pictures of two of my faces, the MiniFlex LED eReader Light and the Ultra Thin LED Book Light.

There’s also an ebook reader cover with light available at Mighty Bright Light for only $29.99–not a bad price. The cover is made of genuine leather with a suede interior.

However, it’s sized for the 6″ 2nd generation Kindle so I don’t know if it will fit other ebook readers. If you’re interested in it, then you should definitely contact customer service at Mighty Bright Light and I am sure they’ll be able to help you out.

 

A Great Program for Novelwriting

Screenshot from Scrivener

Many moons ago, I wrote everything on my PC and complained bitterly about MS Word and how much I hated it. Then one day I heard about Scrivener and since then I haven’t turned back to Word for anything fiction-related. Scrivener is a word processing software that helps you outline, write and compile your masterpiece. I wrote this year’s Nanowrimo Novel with Scrivener. I love how I can use the cork board view to rearrange chapters and scenes. I also love the character and setting template sheets that I can use to help me visualize my main characters and where the story takes place. Other features that are really helpful are the Project Targets chart and the text editing functions that make revising so much easier. Scrivener is available for Mac, there’s also a Windows version for PC. The price? Hold your hats–only $45 to download the Mac version and $40 for the Windows version.

That’s it for now. I’ll be back tomorrow with a few more gift ideas…

Give Books as Gifts for Christmas – Part One

I am one of those people who always appreciate receiving books as gifts. I am also picky when it comes to what books I want. I think most book lovers are the same. We love it when people think enough of us to give us books; we don’t really like it when people don’t actually know what type of books we like and give us something we would never read in a million years. An old boyfriend once asked me , “Would you like some books for Christmas?” I said yes and, when he asked if I could tell him what I hadn’t already read but wanted to read, I wrote down a list of titles for him. I thought this was a good start. Unfortunately, on the day after Christmas when we finally had time to meet, I unwrappped the box and found he’d bought Tom Clancy and Jackie Collins books for me when I’d wished for titles by Milan Kundera, Toni Morrison and Jay McInerney. Luckily there was a gift receipt so I could take all the books back and exchange them for books I really wanted to read. Hollywood Wives and the Hunt for Red October weren’t really very high on my list of must-read books. Nor was anything by H.P. Lovecraft.

So to help you avoid making the same mistake, let’s take a look at some books your book lovers might like. I know I am already drooling over a few of these titles. They may end up being my Christmas presents to myself…

If you have any thriller lovers on your list, then Robert Harris’ latest offering, the Fear Index, should tickle their fancy. This time Harris focuses on an artificial intelligence that tracks human emotions, which enables it to predict movements in financial markets, and what happens when its creator, the ultra-rich. Dr Alex Hoffmann discovers someone has breached the security of his home and finds himself in a nightmare of paranoia and violence. I don’t know about you, but I am all ready hooked. I think I may have to treat myself to that one…:)

For the teenagers (and adults) on your list who prefer their Kindle to “normal” books, check out Forget the Past and Reclaim the Present, Books 1 & 2 of Claude Nougat‘s Fear the Past trilogy. Both books have the perfect blend of the paranormal, time travel, romance and historical fiction to hook readers from the first page. So what’s it about, you ask? At 17, our protagonist, Tony, is a gifted video game creator suffering from burnout. He goes to Sicily (his deceased father’s home) to recover and to rediscover his roots. One day, he finds himself drawn to an abandoned palazzo and is drawn into a strange world where the ghosts of his ancestors await Judgment Day. He also falls in love–with the ghost of the Duchess of Floridia. But can this love transcend time…? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out. 🙂 I’ve read book one and loved it. Going to order book 2 ASAP!

For the food lover on your list, I recommend the Food52 Cookbook. I am a big fan of Food52’s blog and I had to order this cookbook for myself. I am still trying to figure out which recipes I’m going to try but they all sound so scrumptious that I may find myself cooking a lot during the holidays. If you’ve never heard of Food52 or its blog, go there now and discover why it’s one of the best food blogs around.

Want to really splurge on your favorite Norman Mailer or  Marilyn Monroe fan? Then chuck down £650 (yes, that’s the correct amount) on Marilyn Monroe by Norman Mailer and Bert Stern. Taschen has combined Norman Mailer’s original text from his 1973 biography of Monroe with Bert Stern’s gorgeous photographs. You might remember a few years ago he recreated these very images with Lindsay Lohan but nothing beats the beauty and intimacy of the original sessions. I doubt I will ever chuck down so much money on a book but maybe one of you will and I can live vicariously through you.

That’s it for now but I’ll be back later this week with more gift ideas for the rest of the book lovers on your list…