Everyone has a book lover in their lives — that person who always tosses a couple of paperbacks in their bag, relishes in filling yet another shelf in their home with their favorite reads, and who you can always count on for a recommendation on what to bring home from the library. So when the holidays roll around, treating a bibliophile to their favorite thing — a book! — makes your gift shopping a piece of cake, right?
Not necessarily. With thousands of new titles published every year, it can be a challenge to find the perfect one to wow your favorite bookworm. No need to spend hours browsing, though — we’ve combed through the hottest books of the year to curate the ones that belong under the tree this season. Here are the titles from 2018 you should give to the book lovers on your “nice” list.
Best thriller: “Target: Alex Cross” by James Patterson
Best Thriller: “Target: Alex Cross” by James Patterson
Give nothing less than a bestseller this holiday season — Target: Alex Cross ($17.40, Amazon) is the perfect gift for all the readers on your list. In cult-followed author James Patterson’s latest thriller, a killer elite of six assassins is on the loose in Washington. But so is Alex Cross. With one dead president and top officials in line of succession, can Cross stop international criminals from derailing the peaceful transfer of power? Let your favorite book lover find out for themselves by gifting them a copy of “Target: Alex Cross,” available in hardcover, ebook and audio book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Google Play, Kobo, Walmart, Target, Books-A-Million, and dozens of other retailers.
Best self-help book: “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis
Best Self-Help Book: “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis
Know someone who seems to think everyone but them has life all figured out? Girl, Wash Your Face ($13.79, Amazon) by Rachel Hollis will help them pave a path to becoming the person they’re meant to be. Equal parts inspiring, challenging and humorous, the book exposes the top 20 lies we tell ourselves that ultimately hold us back from finding joy and success in our lives. Hollis also unpacks strategies readers can use build the confidence they need to chase their wildest dreams, making her book the gift that keeps giving long after the recipient has finished the last page.
Best memoir: “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
Best Memoir: "Becoming" by Michelle Obama
One of the most anticipated books of the year, Michelle Obama’s Becoming ($19.50, Amazon) lives up to expectations. Obama’s deeply reflective memoir shares what shaped her into one of the most compelling women in America, from growing up on the South Side of Chicago to balancing motherhood with a high-powered career and her accomplishments as First Lady of the United States. However, despite her achievements, down-to-earth Obama isn’t afraid to reveal her disappointments, as well, resulting in a lovable memoir that’s as relatable as it is aspirational.
Best cookbook: “Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering” by Joanna Gaines
Best Cookbook: "Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering" by Joanna Gaines
True cookbook fans want more than a couple hundred pages of basic culinary instruction—they crave personal stories and vibrant photos that are as rich as the recipes themselves. Fortunately, Joanna Gaines’ new cookbook, Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering ($18.19, Amazon) hits all the right notes. Infused with Gaines’ signature enthusiasm and friendliness, the book includes 125 recipes for her family’s favorite dishes and comfort foods from her Texas restaurant by the same name. It also features helpful advice and heartwarming anecdotes from the kitchen that immediately hook the reader and inspire her to cook. After just a few pages, you’ll feel like you’re at the table noshing on curry chicken salad with Joanna, Chip and the kids.
Best biography: “The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers” by Maxwell King
Best Biography: "The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers" by Maxwell King
In his admirable 31 seasons on air, Mr. Rogers touched the hearts of tens of millions of children around the world. Journalist Maxwell King has traced the legacy of Rogers for the now grown-up audience in the comprehensive biography, The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers ($19.49, Amazon). As the former executive director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning & Children’s Media, King had unique access to Rogers — and he capitalized on it to explain the roots of the American icon’s passion for teaching youngsters the importance of community, acceptance and self-confidence. The overall work is one that will shed new light on a man many readers already feel a deep connection to, and reminds us of the importance of being a good neighbor.
This article was originally written by Joni Sweet.
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