Sars Reads ‘ 2020 Bookish Gift Guide

‘Tis the season of giving! Books are a great holiday gift this year, with people looking for things to do while staying at home. Find the perfect read for everyone on your list right here!

The Answer Is by Alex Trebek.

Alex Trebek’s poignant memoir is even more meaningful now because of the Jeopardy host’s recent passing. Fans of the show will love this witty, insightful, and hilarious read full of anecdotes and behind the scenes moments. Alex Trebek was a true Canadian hero and a class act.

The Serious Goose by Jimmy Kimmel

This children’s book by the late-night talk show host is a fun and interactive read about a serious goose who will not laugh, no matter how hard your try.  It even comes with a little mirror readers can practice their funny faces with. 

Humans by Brandon Stanton

Stanton’s Humans of New York blog shares beautiful portraits and stories of real people that inspire and move readers. Humans takes this project worldwide, showcasing photos and stories from around the world that will resonate with anyone.

Elf: The Classic Illustrated Story Book by David Berenbaum, Illustrated by Kim Smith

The beloved Christmas movie in children’s book format. Buddy the Elf travels all the way from the North Pole to New York City to help get his long-lost father off Santa’s naughty list. Along the way he meets new friends and spreads holiday cheer. This story will warm your heart and put you in the Christmas spirit. 

One by One by Ruth Ware

Ware’s newest thriller follows a group on a corporate retreat who get snowed in by an avalanche. A good snowy mystery is always nice to cozy up with on a cold winter day.

Jenna Rae Cakes and Sweet Treats: Over 100 Recipes for the Modern Baker by Ashley Kosowan and Jenna Hutchinson

Jenna Rae’s Cakes in Winnipeg makes the most amazing desserts, and now you can replicate their confectionary creations (or try to) from home! This beautiful and aesthetically pleasing book has over 100 delicious dessert recipes. It also doubles as an adorable coffee table book or kitchen shelf décor.

We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper

This book is definitely on my Christmas wish list. Cooper investigates the story of Jane Britton, a Harvard undergrad who was brutally murdered in 1969.  More than a true crime book, Cooper’s story highlights the sexism prevalent in academia.

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May

This books seems like a fitting read right now. It is the story of May’s own healing journey as well as a guide to embracing quiet and solitude during hard times and ushering in a new season.

The Witches: A Graphic Novel by Roald Dahl, Illustrated by Pénélope Bagieu

Roald Dahl’s classic tale of witches out to get every kid in the world, and the brave boy who takes them on is brought to life in these amazing graphic novel, just in time for the brand new The Witches movie starring Anne Hathaway! Kids of all ages will love this story.

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

I bought this book for my own Christmas reading. It’s sort of like Groundhog Day with a Christmas spin. Maelyn is sad to leave her family’s perfect Christmas getaway for the last time, but then she gets in an accident and wakes up at the start of her holiday again. Can she find Christmas magic and a way out of the time loop?

The Hunger Games (Box Set) by Suzanne Collins

This box set includes the original The Hunger Games trilogy, about a government that forces children to fight to the death in televised games, and the prequel novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, about the Tenth Hunger Games and President Snow’s rise to power. A perfect gift for fans or new readers. 

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