Christmas gift list: books I’ve read in 2015

I’m closing in on book number 50 for the fourth year in a row (hooray!), so I thought I’d take a look back on this year and put together a Christmas gift list based on what I read in 2015.

Here are my 10 bookish gift ideas – hopefully you’ll find something for everyone here!

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Even cats enjoy books at Christmas time.

For adventure lovers:
Wool by Hugh Howey
Fun, fast-paced and filled with more twists than a packet of fusilli, the first book in this exciting trilogy is perfect for people who like breathtaking, non-stop adventure.

For science fans:
The Martian by Andy Weir
As action-packed and thrilling as Wool, but with extra science thrown in. Especially good for aspiring astronauts and perpetual optimists who love a happy ending.

For highbrow literary types:
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
This is the sort of book you can ruminate over in a tweed jacket with a snifter of brandy. One for people who like to discuss philosophy with their friends.

For soppy romantics:
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
OK, more like a story suitable for people who like to fall in love with characters and just cry and cry. Wrap with a packet of tissues.

For history nuts:
A Chinese Life by Li Kunwu
Insightful and moving, this book provides a different perspective on eastern and western cultures. Ideal for people who like to challenge their assumptions.

Christmas gift list

The only Christmas present that’s MAYBE better than a book.

For high-flying, ambitious souls:
#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
Especially suitable for girls aspiring to be great, be the one to give the gift of very good advice.

For sports-lovers:
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

This inspiring autobiography/running diary philosophises so beautifully it will make them want to lace up their running shoes and pound those snowy streets.

For arty types:
The House That Groaned by Karrie Fransman
A perfect demonstration of how to create rich characters quickly, using an art style that only employs a few colours.

For people who love to laugh:
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Funny words from one of America’s top funny women, this one will have your loved one chuckling on Christmas morning.

For short story enthusiasts:
Life chosen by Victoria Hislop
A brilliant collection filled with familiar and unfamiliar names, with this book they can relax with old favourites and discover new ones.

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She can already tell it’s a book!

I hope you’re Christmas shopping is going smoothly. If you have any must-reads from this year, let me know in the comments!

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