These books make great gifts
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These Books Make Great Gifts

Books Make Great Gifts

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I think books make the best gifts. It’s not because I think books are the best thing ever. Don’t get me wrong, books are pretty amazing. But, I suck a wrapping gifts. So when I buy presents, especially this time of the year, I have to think not only about whether the person will like it or not but I also have to consider how difficult it will be to wrap.

If nothing else, books are very easy to wrap. Especially if you get hard cover ones. Super easy, slap a bow on it and you’re good to go.

So, here are some awesome books that have made my gift list this year. I’m sure there will be something for every adult on your list.

Want some suggestions for kids? Check these out. 

These books make great gifts

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

I love the concept of this book. Thinking happy thoughts isn’t going to cut it anymore The world is a scary, scary place have you seen the news lately? We can’t just think our way out of this mess. So how do we deal with it?

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. Read More

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so you Can Become Who You Were Meant To Be

This book is a must for young women. Structured with each chapter representing a lie we tell ourselves, this book is sure to be relatable to all readers. It’s a self-help book for people who don’t typically like self-help books.

With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.

With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up. Read More

Sapiens: A Brief History of Human Kind by Yuva Noah Harari

Let’s face it not everyone is going to be into personal development books. Read it or don’t it is sure to make whoever owns the books shelve it’s sitting on look incredibly start. Someone tell me I’m not the only person who buys books because they’ll make me look smart.

100,000 years ago, at least six species of human inhabited the earth. Today there is just one.
Homo Sapiens.
How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? Read More

Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: More than 150 Magical Recipes of Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike by Dinah Bucholz

Uhm hello, Harry Potter and food!!! Need I say more? This is perfect for the person who not only eats but also loves Harry Potter. If anyone wants to make something for me…

With this cookbook, dining a la Hogwarts is as easy as Banoffi Pie! With more than 150 easy-to-make recipes, tips, and techniques, you can indulge in spellbindingly delicious meals drawn straight from the pages of your favorite Potter stories, such as:

  • Treacle Tart–Harry’s favorite dessert
  • Molly’s Meat Pies–Mrs. Weasley’s classic dish
  • Kreacher’s French Onion Soup
  • Pumpkin Pasties–a staple on the Hogwarts Express cart

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Educated by Tara Westover

Can you imagine going through life with no formal education, no paper trail, constantly preparing for the apocalypse? This sounds like a truly harrowing tale and I can’t wait to read it.

Tara Westover was seventeen when she first set foot in a classroom. Instead of traditional lessons, she grew up learning how to stew herbs into medicine, scavenging in the family scrap yard and helping her family prepare for the apocalypse. She had no birth certificate and no medical records and had never been enrolled in school.

Westover’s mother proved a marvel at concocting folk remedies for many ailments. As Tara developed her own coping mechanisms, little by little, she started to realize that what her family was offering didn’t have to be her only education. Read More

What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner by Zach Golden

I bought 5 copies of this book a few years ago. It’s a great go to gift for those people who show up with presents when you’re not expecting them too. There isn’t a person in the world who hasn’t asked themselves this question. but, the book seems super thoughtful.

Derived from the incredibly popular (and totally addictive) website,, this “choose your own adventure” style cookbook provides quick and easy solutions for the nightly conundrum. Don’t like the recipe? Simply choose another page for a new f*@#ing idea! Making choices is hard, so let this book do it for you with 50 solid meal ideas-and a side of salty language-for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike…. Read More

I Need a New Butt by Dawn McMillian

This is probably the funniest book I own. I occasionally leave in on the coffee table, it’s my second best conversation starting book. Just behind this gem. This is childish humor at it’s best.

“A silly story that will cause boys and girls to giggle from beginning to end!” — Norman Public Schools
A young boy suddenly notices a big problem — his butt has a huge crack! So he sets off to find a new one. Will he choose an armor-plated butt? A rocket butt? A robot butt? Find out in this quirky tale of a tail, which features hilarious rhymes and delightful illustrations. Children and parents will love this book — no ifs, ands, or butts about it! Read More

You Are a Bad Ass: How to Start Doubting your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome LIfe by Jen Sincero

There’s something so awesome about self-help book with profanity in the title. They just seem more relatable because at least I can be reasonably sure they’re no going to tell me curing is unbecoming of a lady.

“Your Brain is Your Bitch,” “Fear is for Suckers” and “My Subconscious Made Me Do It,” Sincero takes you on a wild joy ride to your own transformation, helping you create the money, relationships, career and general all around awesomeness you so desire. And should you be one of those people who would rather take a bullet than get busted with a self-help book in your hands, fear not. Sincero, a former skeptic herself, delivers the goods minus the New-Age cheese, giving even the snarkiest of poo-pooers exactly what they need to get out of their ruts and start kicking some ass. Read More

Guinness World Records 2019

Personally, I don’t think it’s possible to know too many useless facts. This book will help you learn them. This book also features some amazing and disturbing pictures. Who wouldn’t love it?

The world’s most popular record book is back with thousands of new categories and newly broken records, covering everything from outer space to sporting greats via Instagram, fidget spinners and all manner of human marvels. Inside you’ll find hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and countless facts, figures, stats and trivia waiting for you on every action-packed page. Guinness World Records 2019 is the ultimate snapshot of our world today. Read More

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This is probably one of the best soft skills books I’ve read. Over and over again I see people online mention how hard it is to make friends in the real world. This book is a bit older but the science behind making friends hasn’t changed all that much. It’s bound to prove beneficial for anyone who wants to improve their people skills.

You can go after the job you want—and get it!

You can take the job you have—and improve it!

You can take any situation—and make it work for you!

Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. One of the most groundbreaking and timeless bestsellers of all time, How to Win Friends & Influence People will teach you: Read More

Final Thoughts

There you have it, a list of the books I bought for people this year. Books really do make amazing presents and best of all you can usually buy them all at the same place. No spending a day running around to 30 different stores trying to get everything from your list.

Let’s Talk

Tell me all about the books you’re giving as books this year. I still have a few people to get stuff for so the more suggestions I get the better.

As always,

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