Lala's Gift Guide for the Book Lover

It's that time again! The lights are up, the trees are decorated and the cheery Christmas music is on repeat everywhere you go. I'm feeling it!

I thought I'd make shopping a little easier for you this year by sharing some of my picks for what to get the book lover in your life this Christmas. 

1. Sad Girls

One of the very best books I've read this year...maybe ever. I read it over the summer and was absolutely blown away. This book is really quite dark. Ana is dead and Audrey must deal with the very real possibility that a lie she told about Ana may have played a role in her death. In the aftermath, Audrey struggles with extreme anxiety and guilt, especially as she grows close to Ana's boyfriend. While reading Sad Girls, you may feel lulled into a false sense of calm thinking the characters might just find some peace but just wait, the ending will leave you shocked. It was brilliant and I can't wait for what comes next from Lang Leav.

2. Modern Lovers

One of my favourites published last year is now out in trade paperback. Yay! If you haven't gotten around to this one, I'm not even sure what you are waiting for!! It tells the story of two New York couples and their children as they navigate the challenges of life.

3. We All Love the Beautiful Girls

Yay for Canadian books! This book is very much in the same vein as modern lovers. It is a story full of secrets and lies. appear to have the perfect marriage until he finds out his best friend and business partner has cheated him out of millions of dollars and on the same night his son suffers a serious accident that will forever change the course of the future.                                                      

4. The Changeling

This book is a strange one. It is a cross between an epic and a fairy tale and it is magical! Apollo's wife Emma commits a crime so abhorrent it devastates Apollo's entire life. As he embarks on a quest to find Emma and exact his revenge he discovers that maybe there is more to the world than what he once knew. Maybe Emma is not a monster, but a hero. I don't want to say too much about it because you really have to discover the secrets revealed in this tale on your own.

5. My Not So Perfect Life 

Life can be stressful enough, sometimes I don't want to read something too serious or heavy. Sometimes I just want something light and sweet. This story about learning to appreciate your life and make the best of the opportunities you are given and finding friends in unexpected places is just perfect. I recommend it especially if you are heading on holidays and want to read something cute on the plane or on the beach.

6. Bone

Poetry as a genre has made a huge resurgence lately and I'm really happy about it. In the last few years I've really gotten into poetry! I also love to support women poets. Yrsa Daley-Ward's words will really stay with you and you'll find yourself going back to this collection frequently just to read them again and again. Her writing is just beautiful!

7. Home Fire

I am a firm believer that you can tell a book by it's cover. I first noticed this book because of it's gorgeous cover and was so happy I did. Taking place in London, Home Fire is a novel about what happens when our loyalties to faith, country and family are challenged. It was marvelous!

8. Love Her Wild

I love this collection of poems. I stop to read it every time I visit Chapters and I'm desperately hoping my husband has taken my not-so-subtle hints and picked it up for me. 

9. Homegoing

I cannot speak highly enough about Homegoing. I LOVED LOVED LOVED it. Telling the story of one Ghanian family over 300 years as they live out their lives in Ghana and America. I believe this story is especially relevant today as racism and oppression are still so entrenched in North America. Gyasi's novel really impacted me because she didn't try to make the writing over-emotional she let the story speak for itself and it drew strong emotions from me anyway.

10. Leonardo Da Vinci

Painter, scientist, inventor, genius. Walter Isaacson shares with us about the true man beneath all the titles. I have not read this one yet but it is at the top of my wish list. It looks just fantastic! I'm excited to learn more about the true renaissance man!

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