2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Hands down, books are my favorite gifts to both give and receive, but I am of course a bit partial. If you receive a book from me you can rest assured that there was some legitimate thought put into the gift-selecting process.

Here are a few ideas for those on your list that may not be as steadfast in their reading- in a few days I'll do a post for ideas for the more bookish folks. 

In full disclosure, I haven't read all of these, but I've done my homework. Trust me

For the Animal Lover

The Art of Driving in the Rain by Garth Stein

How to Tell if Your Cat is Trying to Kill You by The Oatmeal
For the Biography Fan

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones

Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years by Mark Lewisohn

For Kids

 Mouseton Abbey by Nick Page

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

For the Cook

The Mac + Cheese Cookbook by Allison Arevalo

 Pizza Dough: 100 Delicious, Unexpected Recipes by Gabi Moskowitz

For the Traveler

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Walden on Wheels by Ken Ilgunas 

For the Recently Retired

 The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson


  1. Those kids books look too cute! And I always get my niece/nephews books for holidays and birthdays. I'm THAT aunt, lol.

  2. I haven't read the book, but I love those Oatmeal comics!

  3. The Day the Crayons Quit is brilliant. I love with the beige crayon (although I'm yet to meet a child who's excited by colouring wheat).

  4. You are amazing. So glad you plugged the Jim Henson biography. I'm a huge Muppet fan, and that book felt like such a gift. I hope a lot of people pick it up. (Did you see it won best bio in the Goodreads awards? I was so happy about that.)