9 Books Perfect for Gifting

  • By Shannon Morgan
  • December 17, 2018

What to buy for that hard-to-buy-for reader on your list.

9 Books Perfect for Gifting

Looking for books to give the special people in your life this holiday season? The booksellers at Curious Iguana, an independent bookstore in Frederick, Maryland, share some of their favorites from 2018. Any of them would make a great gift!

Gmorning, Gnight! Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Random House). Miranda has compiled his daily Twitter greetings into an uplifting illustrated collection that’s like an espresso on a Monday morning.

What Would Cleopatra Do? Life Lessons from 50 of History's Most Extraordinary Women by E. Foley & B. Coates (Scribner). This inspirational book is filled with words of wisdom for modern women about relationships, career planning, body image, and more.

Little by Edward Carey (Riverhead Books). Historical fiction fans will enjoy this quirky, fascinating story about an orphan who grows up to be Madame Tussaud.

Crown Anthology, edited by Analog de Leon and Gabriel Sage (Andrews McMeel Publishing). This accessible collection includes 200 poems that examine life and celebrate love, self-worth, and empowerment.

Kill the Farm Boy: The Tales of Pell by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne (Del Rey). Perfect for fans of satire, fantasy, and Monty Python, this reinvented fairytale is absurd, hysterical, and smart.

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung (Catapult). This moving work about transracial adoption will resonate with anyone who has ever felt different and just wanted to belong.

When - The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink (Riverhead Books). Give the gift of time — or, at least, tips on how best to use it. This book delivers practical advice for night owls, early birds, and those in between.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle: A Novel by Stuart Turton (Sourcebooks Landmark). This debut novel blends mystery, fantasy, and history for an unforgettable read — and an unforgettable gift.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita by Tim Federle (Running Press Adult). Pair this recipe book with the ingredients for one of its featured literary cocktails. Makes a great stocking-stuffer, too!

Shannon Morgan is a writer and editor, as well as a bookseller at Curious Iguana in Frederick, MD. Connect with her on Twitter at @sldmorgan. And for more book recommendations for holiday gifting, check out the Iguana’s recent Facebook Lives.

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