I just finished reading my 74th book in 2020. Way back in January, or what feels like eight years ago now, I set a goal to read 55 books; Goodreads tells me I’m at 135% of that goal–and I’m not done yet!
Still, it’s time to purchase holiday gifts and I have some readers on my list. I’m a firm believer that books make great gifts. I have so many Christmas memories involving books… quelling my Christmas Eve anticipation by hiding away in a book, or putting off the inevitable let-down I always felt at the end of the extra-special holiday season and the return to “normal” life by, you guessed it, sticking my nose firmly in a book.
Sure, I liked toys and gadgets as much as the next child–like my Simon game with its colorful and annoying beeping patterns, or my first eight-track cassette player with a now-embarrassing Shawn Cassidy crooning at me–but a stack of books was always my favorite.
So here are a few of my favorites from the books I’ve read this year for your consideration…
For the bibliophile/fantasy reader: The Starless Sea by Erin Morganstern
For the reader who enjoys a life-affirming story: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
For the historical fiction fan: The Exiles by Christina Baker Klein
For the art lover: The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
For the non-fiction world-changer: The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton
For the friend who’s worn through their walking shoes in this pandemic year: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
For the mindful reader: Radical Compassion by Tara Brach
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