Popping up here on the blog again to offer you my book gift guide for every reader on your list. I spent many nights when I should have been sleeping feverishly finishing many books on this list. Hopefully you find some great last minute gifts, vacation reads, and titles for your 2017 to-read list. Share your favorite reads from 2016 with me in the comments!
Carve out a weekend and don’t move until it’s done | For fans of JoJo Moyes and Sophie Kinsella
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Cheerfully easy, deceptively simple read that will break your heat and put it right back together again.
Nonfiction for the fiction lover
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
Before Unbroken, there was Hillenbrand’s brilliant nonfiction book about Seabiscuit, the racehorse. She says she was compelled to tell the story because she “found fascinating people living a story that was improbable, breathtaking and ultimately more satisfying than any story [she’d] ever come across.” Good enough for me.
Science fiction for the rest of us |For fans of The Martian
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Fascinating thriller with page-turning action, grounded in family relationships. There isn’t an easy way to summarize this book without spoilers…so I won’t even try. You’ll just have to trust me.
You like the later Harry Potter books? You like the Gentleman Bastard series? Kingkiller Chronicles? You like Hunger Games? Ocean’s Eleven? Cultish barbarians reminiscent of Nazis? The idea of a Russian inspired fantasy world that has the flavor of steampunk goodness? You like LOST? Don’t mind your fantasy dark?
Imagine if all of these amazing things were diced up and the best elements of each were thrown into a blender. But instead of being a disgusting predictable mashup mess, it was still unique, but with flavor hints of all the good things to hit those cravings.
If you like those good things that are good, this is a book for you.
Stuff they don’t cover in Sunday School
A Woman’s Place by Katelyn Beaty
Beaty builds on Culture Making by Andy Crouch to explore faith and work theology as it applies specifically to women. Nothing revolutionary for anyone #woke (did I use that right? Worth a shot), but thought provoking nonetheless.
For the friend with whom you binged of Gilmore Girls: a Year in the Life
Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
Lauren Graham is delightful. If you love her in Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, you’ll enjoy this too.
For your favorite tiny human
Lots of Lambs by Laura Numeroff and Lynn Munsinger
My 9 month old daughter highly recommends it. Watch out for the surprise ending, though. Gets her every time.
For book club or long discussions over brunch
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Of all the books my book clubs read this year, this led to this best discussion. We covered mental health, parenting, welfare, privilege, and a whole host of topics. Consider yourselves warned, though. This is a difficult memoir about a dysfunctional family from the perspective of their young daughter.