Books for 8 Types of Readers You May Encounter over the Holidays

Books for 8 Types of Readers You May Encounter over the Holidays

Giving gifts is hard sometimes. But there truly is a book out there for everyone, and in honor of the holiday season, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ideas to suit your hyper-specific gift-giving dilemmas. Whether you need a book to shut someone up or to open someone’s mind, we’ve got the book picks that will make your days merry and bright.


1. Ovenly

For the hostess

For all of the chaos and the stress, this reader loves for everyone to be gathered under her roof during the holidays. From the beloved bakery of the same name in Brooklyn, this cookbook is the perfect gift to help a hostess prepare for the next event.


2. My Struggle, Vol. 1.

For the literary one-upper

“Oh you’re reading The Crying of Lot 49? I prefer Gravity’s Rainbow.” We all know one of these people. Shut him up with the first installment (or three) in Karl Ove Knausgard’s six-volume memoir. It’ll keep him busy for a long, long time.


3. Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned From a Little Golden Book

For the 20-something

Life may not make much sense right now, and adulting is pretty hard. This reader may appreciate this callback to his childhood and the valuable (and hilarious) lessons learned there.


4. The Innovators

For the techie

For the techie who won’t stop staring at her iPhone at dinner, give the gift of The Innovators by Walter Isaacson.  This history of the digital revolution will shock and inspire the recipient, and maybe, just maybe, get her to talk about something other than Google at dinner.


5. The Book With No Pictures

For the new parent

There is no shortage of fantastic picture books out there, though you’ll be hard pressed to find one that boasts a lack of pictures. Instead, fancy typography and a slew of made-up words make for rib-tickling reading for both parent and child.


6. 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: New York City

For the avid hiker-turned-city dweller

There are definite perks to living in a big city, but access to the great outdoors isn’t really one of them. For the city-dwelling outdoorsman in your life, pick up this volume of hikes within 60 miles of New York City.


7. Belzhar

For the angsty high schooler

The loss of first love and the power of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar mix perfectly in this young adult novel. It’s an uplifting treat for the reader who just finished The Catcher in the Rye.


8. The Secret History

For the classics major home for winter break

Maybe you’re tired of the know-it-all classics major in your life translating everything into Ancient Greek or Latin now that she is home for break and bored. This gripping novel by Donna Tartt about a small major that commits a major crime will keep her occupied.


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