Treat Yo’ Self

Treat Yo’ Self


The holidays give us the perfect excuse to buy wonderful, thoughtful gifts for our friends and family. But during this season of giving, don’t forget one of the most important people—yourself. That’s right, we said it. You work hard all year and deserve to…

So whether it’s ridiculously expensive or just plain ridiculous indulgence… Here’s a list of books that make us at Zola want to scream:

A Guinea Pig Nativity book cover

A Guinea Pig Nativity
It’s the story of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus…with guinea pigs. Did you hear me? Why are you still sitting there? I know that it’s not cats, but take a look at that gif! Perhaps you have a young niece or nephew who likes animals? Don’t give it to them. No one can appreciate this like you can. Treat yo’ self.

Harry Potter

Special Edition Harry Potter Paperback Box Set
J.K. Rowling
So you say you already own all of the Harry Potter books? Argument not valid. These have new covers—the game has been changed and this is something all real Harry Potter fans need. No Imperius Curse necessary. Treat yo’ self.

The Making of Star Wars- Return of the Jedi

The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
J.W. Rinzler
I could list all of the amazing features this book holds: all the photos, interviews, and script excerpts. Or I could Jedi mind trick you into buying it. This is the book you’re looking for. Treat yo’ self.

How Not To Kill Your Baby book cover

How Not to Kill Your Baby: A Slightly Useless Guide
Jacob Sager Weinstein
Forget What to Expect When You’re Expecting, we’re pretty sure this is THE most important piece of literature for any new parent. Not sure why you don’t have this already. Treat yo’ self.

Adult Mad Libs Snoop Dogg

Adult Mad Libs Snoop Dogg
Mad libs are fantastic because they help convince you, and those around you, that you’re a super hilarious author. These Mad Libs are inspired by the life and music of Snoop Dogg (Lion days are over, people, we’re back to Dogg). I’ve ordered twenty and you’re missing out on some of the funniest stories of your lifetime if you don’t. Treat yo’ self.

Life on the Mississippi

The Strand’s First Edition of Life on the Mississippi
Mark Twain
This is probably the version that Mark Twain himself had on his book shelf. What are your goals in life if not to be exactly like Mark Twain? Treat yo’ self.

Feminist Ryan Gosling

Feminist Ryan Gosling
Danielle Henderson
Hey girl. It sucks that society subjects you to the male gaze. Flip the world on its head and stare at Ryan Gosling instead. His face is on every page. Yum. I mean…feminism. Yay. Treat yo’ self.

gangsta rap coloring book

Gangsta Rap Coloring Book
Aye Jay
Let’s get real. You totally still color in coloring books. Stop trying to be cool, coloring is fun and everyone knows it. And a gangsta rap coloring book…that is way mature…right? Who cares! You’re an adult. Treat yo’ self.

Nutella- The 30 Best Recipes

Nutella: The 30 Best Recipes
Don’t eat this book. It looks like a giant jar of Nutella but it isn’t and I promise eating it isn’t worth the trip to the hospital. However, you can use the book to make food that is edible and covered in Nutella. Win win. Treat yo’ self.

Wood for Sheep

Wood for Sheep: The Unauthorized Settlers Cookbook
Chris-Rachael Oseland
Everything is better when made edible. Hungry settlers are dead settlers…or, well, at least cranky and who needs that while playing a game? Treat yo’ self.

Remember, wanting something ‘because of reasons’ is always reason enough. Happy holidays and enjoy the presents!

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This article originally appeared on Zola Books.

Kelly Gallucci
Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of, where she oversees Bookish's editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors like Leigh Bardugo, V.E. Schwab, and Sabaa Tahir. She's just coming off of moderating an author panel at New York Comic Con. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and binging Netflix with her pitbull. She is a Gryffindor.