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For one, there are books for every genre and personality type. Even folks who don’t consider themselves book worms will appreciate a beautiful coffee table tome about one of their passions or hobbies. There are books that teach you a new skill, ones that transport you to a different time and place, plus, you don’t always have to buy books brand new. Thrift stores are often filled with used soft covers for kids and adults alike and are priced at a fraction of a new paperback, so you won’t break your budget.
Ready to get some good reads into the hands of your loved ones? We’ve come up with a variety of books for people of all ages on your holiday list.
For the person who binge watches The Handmaid’s Tale:
The TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s award-winning 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, is binge-worthy content at its finest. For folks on your list who couldn’t peel their eyes away from the first three seasons of Offred’s badass antics, The Testaments will be a welcomed read until we get more details on when the next season will be released.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, $20 from Amazon
For parents who want a humorous way to teach littles life lessons:
Hat Box Collection
You shouldn’t take other people’s things, including hats. That’s the sentiment behind LA-based author and illustrator Jon Klassen’s children’s book, I Want My Hat Back. The tale follows a perplexed bear who wanders around the forest asking local furry friends if they’ve seen his red hat. He really wants it back. It’s cute, snappy and the illustrations are on point. Two other of Klassen’s books come in the Hat Box Collection box set.
Hat Box Collection by Jon Klassen, $35 from Amazon
For the true crime buff who’s into Canadian stories:
The Billionaire Murders
In December 2017, philanthropists husband and wife duo Barry and Honey Sherman were found dead beside the indoor pool in their Toronto mansion. Two years later, Kevin Donovan, the chief investigative reporter at the Toronto Star, has released a book that sheds new light on the unsolved double murder of these two prominent Canadians.
The Billionaire Murders by Kevin Donovan, $20 at Amazon
For every person on planet Earth, ever:
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
It’s practically 2020 and yet women are still struggling to get on a level playing field with men. Women own only 20 per cent of the world’s land, and salary discrepancies are still rampant in many industries. Caroline Criado Perez’s poignant novel is an eye-opening read that looks at what she calls the “one-size-fits-men” approach to life and the disadvantages and risks this puts women at.
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez, $34 at Amazon
For the person with an entrepreneurial spirit:
Cannabis Jobs: How to Make a Living and Have a Career in the World of Legalized Marijuana
The Good Plant is legal for consumption here in Canada and there’s big money to be made, if you’re business minded. Journalist Andrew Ward has interviewed some of the leading names in the industry to give readers insight on what to expect if you’re considering a career change to the cannabis biz.
Cannabis Jobs: How to Make a Living and Have a Career in the World of Legalized Marijuana by Andrew Ward, $23 from Amazon
For the person who devours sci-fi thrillers:
NY Times best selling author Stephen King is back with his latest novel, The Institute. The sci-fi horror follows kid protagonist Luke Ellis who wakes trapped in a windowless version of his bedroom, which doesn’t sound all too creepy except for that he’s been locked in there against his will and doesn’t know why or who has put him there. It’s engaging and has that make-your-skin-crawl Stephen King effect.
The Institute by Stephen King, $22 at Amazon
For the kids who think farts are funny:
Farting Monsters Colouring Book
From the creators who brought us the Farting Animals and Super Cute Farting Animals colouring books comes Farting Monsters, a delightfully entertaining colouring books for the young boys and girls in your life who can’t help but giggle at toots. The only thing that’s funnier than a dragon passing gas is getting to colour it in a rainbow hue.
Farting Monsters Colouring Book, $7 at Amazon
For people who always wanted to hang out at Central Perk:
Life According to Friends’ Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, Ross & Monica
The Manhattan-based sitcom Friends is getting a second wind thanks to its spot on Netflix. This season, a new playful soft cover gives life advice through the eyes of the whole gang, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, Ross and Monica.
I’ll Be There for You: Life According to Friends’ by Emma Lewis, $18 from Amazon
For the person with an upcoming trip to Southeast Asia:
First They Killed My Father
Sure, you could give them a Frommer’s travel guide book about the country they’re visiting, but just as important as a travel itinerary is understanding the country’s history. Not that you want to rain on their parade, but parts of Southeast Asia have had some seriously dark moments and it’s important that travellers understand and respect where they’re about to visit. In Cambodia, the genocide that took place in the ’70s still casts a shadow today, but first-hand accounts from a genocide survivor put things into perspective.
First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung, $12 from Amazon
For the person who just can’t get enough of the Royal Family:
A Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and Her Colorful Wardrobe
The newly-released hardcover that documents the many colourful fashion choices by Queen Elizabeth II will be a welcomed choice for anyone who follows Her Highness and the Royal Family. The 208-page tome is full of imagery from the past decades along with captions that summarize the sartorial choices of Lilibet.
Our Rainbow Queen: A Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and Her Colorful Wardrobe by Sali Hughes, $25 from Amazon