The Sunday Salon – November 29, 2009 (The “buy-books-for-the-holidays” edition)

The Sunday

I know there are probably a number of you who are the super-prepared type (or brave enough to face Black Friday crowds) and already have your Christmas shopping done. But some of you are more like me, and haven’t even started. I thought that I’d post some favorites from this year for those of you who want to buy books for the people on your holiday list.

For the lover of memoir:

~ Blankets by Craig Thompson – a memoir in graphic novel form.
~ The Geography of Love by Glenda Burgess – my review

For fans of contemporary women’s fiction:

~ The Laws of Harmony by Judith R. Hendricks
~ The Last Bridge by Teri Coyne
~ Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center – my review
~ Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton – my review
~ The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale – my review
~ The Widow’s Season by Laura Brodie – my review
~ The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry – my review

For those who love books about books:

~ 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – my review

For the history buff:

~ Mayflower: A Storage of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
~ A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 by James Shapiro

For those who prefer their history in fiction form:

~ The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway – my review
~ Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – my review
~ Beside a Burning Sea by John Shors – my review

For the tween reader:

~ The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
~ Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted – my review
~ The Purloined Boy by Mortimus Clay – my review
~ The Giver by Lois Lowry – my review

For the teen reader:

~ Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden – my review
~ The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson – my review
~ The Maze Runner by James Dashner – my review
~ Fire by Kristin Cashore – my review

Disclosure: The above links are Amazon affiliate links. If you click on them and subsequently purchase anything, I receive a small percentage. When these amounts add up to at least 10 dollars – which usually takes a few months – I get a gift certificate, which I use to buy books for myself and my children. Thank you so much to those of you who have purchased through my Amazon links in the past – and also to those of you who will do so in the future.

Other bookish posts this week:

~ Book review: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
~ Book review: Beside a Burning Sea by John Shors
~ Book review: No Time to Wave Goodbye by Jacquelyn Mitchard

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14 Responses to The Sunday Salon – November 29, 2009 (The “buy-books-for-the-holidays” edition)

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I haven’t gotten much shopping done either. I can’t stand the crowds…I get irritable and claustrophobic! Next week I’ll probably start, but nothing makes me feel better than to give books for gifts. This is a great list Carrie! Thank you!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Diet time and a Shelf Discovery Rampage =-.

  2. Kathy says:

    I should print this out and pass it along to my husband!
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Review: Wishin’ and Hopin’ =-.

  3. Les in NE says:

    Thanks for the great lists! Not only will this help me with my own Christmas shopping, but it will come in handy when I’m approached by customers looking for that perfect book for a reader on their gift list!
    .-= Les in NE´s last blog ..The Mongoose Diaries =-.

  4. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422

    I’m unsure of whether to kiss you or kill you. 🙂 That list up there is a big temptation for me to just go nuts and buy them all….for myself. I love this idea though, and I definitely added to the to buy list.
    .-= Trisha´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Lucky Seven =-.

  5. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    Of course I had to go and add half of your list to my TBR pile. I have Crossed Wires and The Purloined Boy in my nightstand pile to read soon. Will have to do it soon.
    .-= Vasilly´s last blog ..Thankfully Reading Weekend starts =-.

  6. heidenkind says:

    How about a book for a 16-y-o boy who doesn’t like books?
    .-= heidenkind´s last blog ..TSS-Too Much of a Good Thing =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Tasha – I honestly think any 16 year old boy would get caught up in The Maze Runner – it’s a real page turner. 🙂

  7. I went a little crazy this weekend and decided to start and wrap up most of my Christmas shopping all in one day. My husband was with me so I didn’t go all spend crazy like I might have otherwise. LOL I tend to overdo it when it comes to Christmas gifts. This year we can’t really afford my doing that though. I still need to get my husband’s gift. I’ve got a couple of ideas, but not many. He’s hard to shop for.

    I bought quite a few books for family members this year, some I’ve read and others I’ve just heard great things about from other bloggers. I appreciate the tips you’ve included!

    I hope you have a great week, Carrie!
    .-= Literary Feline´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Thankfully Reading Weekend, Almost Over =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Wendy – my husband is hard to shop for, too! I haven’t even started my shopping – sigh. I wanted to do a lot of it online, but at this rate, I’m going to have to pay extra for fast shipping. Have a great week!