Why not gift books for Christmas?

December 11, 2021


There is no simpler and more special way to gift someone than a book, chosen specifically because you think they’ll like it. I love giving and receiving them.

If you like to gift books for Christmas or the New Year or another special occasion, here’s something for just about everyone on your list!

The Lady with the Crown
Kathleen Canrinus

This was such a heartwarming read in the best of ways–certainly one of my favorites this year. And the author is a really good writer.

Mother-daughter relationships can be complicated, even after the best of childhoods. But especially after a difficult one. Add the complexities of a traumatic brain injury and it can make for a rocky journey, as Kathleen Canrinus so skillfully –and honestly–shows us in her memoir of her relationship with her mom. This beautiful, uplifting little book resonates with love, regret, grief and so much more, showing us that perfection is unnecessary: love still can win out in the end.

Buy this book for yourself and someone you love. You won’t regret it.

If God is Love
John Pavlovitz

I can’t say enough about Pastor John, who has all the values Christians are supposed to have (but often don’t have) in a 21st century progressive brain. I have this book. I love this book. I adore him. You might change someone’s life by giving them this book.

Practice, Practice, Practice: This Psychiatrist’s Life
by Daniela Gitlin

Ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in therapy? Yep. This book lets you! I have to get it. Because I am a world-class voyeur.

Barking at the Moon: a Story of Life, Love and Kibble
by Tracey Beckerman

… the abundant joy that outweighs the chaos of stolen socks, destroyed furniture, and a dog that eats toilet paper and rocks… This work is a funny, delightful, heartwarming read that will leave dog lovers smiling.”  Find it on Amazon! And I’ll be writing more about it soon, no surprise!

Blessed by a Curse
by Diane Stringham Tolley

She’s a prolific author and I love her books! A great story teller. And she’s a fantastic human being. This is one I am getting. Use this link because Amazon search on this one is impossible.

My Pineapples went to Houston
by Lee Gaitan

Lee is hilarious. And fun. I adore her writing and you will, too. I have this. I loved it. You will, too. Especially today, when we need a laugh or 20.

SUPERWOMAN: A Funny and Reflective Look at Single Motherhood
by Mona Andrei

She wrote it to remind other single moms that they are not alone. Although reviewers are saying it’s for ALL mothers. Many 5 star reviews can’t be wrong. If there’s a single mom in your life, she’d like this one!

Anything by Lolly Winston.

Lolly is local to me and I have long been a fan of her novels. If you like novels about women and the human condition, Good Grief and Happiness  Sold Separately are both books you’ll enjoy.

How to talk to Almost Anyone about Long Term Care Planning
by Cathy Sikorski, Esq.

This is absolutely something many of us would find helpful. And should know about, before we age out of qualifying. Which friends of mine have discovered, themselves. It’s a hard discussion to have, so this is a great resource.

Truth has a Different Shape
by Kari O’Driscoll

A family built, a family lost. Truth Has a Different Shape is a story of the power of compassion, of love and loss, revelations and relationship, and the evolution of self. This one’s on my list to purchase for myself… find it on Amazon.

Are You Kidding Me?: My Life with an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives
by Stacey Gustafson

She’s hilarious! Just the ticket for these long winter days indoors. I’ve read just about everything she rights. Great laughs and escapism and boy, do I need that! On Amazon.

 Don’t Hook Up With the Guy in the Next Cube
by Nancy Shenker

She tells me it’s GREAT for daughters…and I know YOU know someone who could use this book! In fact, when I worked? I could’ve given this out time and time again. Amazon again.

I didn’t have time to link to all the books so you can simply search and if you are really a book lover you are probably taking this list to a real brick and mortar bookshop, right?


9 comments on “Why not gift books for Christmas?
  1. Lynda Beth Unkeless says:

    What a wonderful list! I love how much humor ? is included…who doesn’t need more laughter in their life these days?
    Thank you, Carol!?

  2. Alana says:

    The first two books interest me – I follow John Pavlovitz on Twitter and he’s an amazing person in so many ways. I also went to Amazon and checked Diane Tolley’s book out (and followed her) – it’s a young adult book and I do get into that genre from time to time. I read her blog and can vouch for her story telling skills.

  3. Diane says:

    Love this list, Carol! And so beyond grateful to be included!!! Thank you do much!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Some I know. Some I didn’t.

  5. Look at all these authors among us! I’m so impressed.

  6. Rita says:

    Great list. My daughter got me an advent calendar made up of little books of short stories. She came from Madrid, so we had an early Christmas celebration.

  7. That’s a great list. And, a few are funny, which I love.

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