Book Lover's Gift Guide (2)

It's my (Alethea's) turn to give some great gift suggestions for booklovers.

Must-have books published this year:

Top of my list was Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo, which Thuy already picked yesterday, haha! So I had to come up with more choices.

This was a really hard choice--there were so many great picture books this year! This and Penguin & Pinecone are great choices especially if you want to let someone know that you think of them as your friend for always :)

Three Times Lucky - Sheila Turnage

Get the audiobook if you can! It's SO good. I didn't expect there to be an actual murder in this middle grade mystery novel, but there is. It's equal parts funny and sad, and thoroughly entertaining.

The Dark Unwinding - Sharon Cameron

I love, love, love Jane Eyre, but a lot of the adaptation/spinoff novels are hokey. The Dark Unwinding gives Charlotte Brontë's masterpiece a respectful nod while still remaining original and enthralling on its own. Give this to someone who loves gothic romance, steampunk, and swooning.

Must-have Classic:

Signature Shakespeare

The Signature Shakespeare series, illustrated with intricate papercuts by Kevin Stanton, debuts this year with four volumes including Hamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo & Juliet. I love Much Ado About Nothing's gorgeous, bright colors! (You can find more photos at Elsa Mora's papercutting blog) For fans of art and theatre, this is a double-duty gift. 

Bookish Things:

"booklover" on Etsy

I like Etsy's search function a lot. You can find handmade things for people who love not just books, but specific books, too! One of my favorite searches is "booklover", which also turns up my book buttons :) but I love it because I can find cool, unique items like the elastic bookmark above. I've bought everything from Kindle covers to Love your Librarian t-shirts for my bookish friends from Etsy sellers. Just be mindful that shipping takes time, so order early especially if it's shipping overseas.

Morozova's Collar - Photo credit: Vania Stoyanova
Book-related jewelry

I don't wear jewelry, but if I did, I would love to get one of these awesome pieces! Viviane at HebelDesign creates pieces inspired by fantastic YA novels, like Morozova's Collar inspired by Shadow & Bone. One thing though--she can't guarantee holiday shipping, so order soon and be prepared to give your gift recipient an IOU in case it doesn't arrive in time.

There are also designs available for Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke & Bone novels, and through January 31, 2013, she will be giving all of her proceeds to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief. 

For the picture book lover, there's Oliver Jeffers's line from Digby & Iona, just be prepared to dig deep into your wallet. They are pricey!

Food... for your Belly, not your Mind!

Cookie Butter - If you didn't already know about this product, you are going to want to kill me in a minute. You can find this as Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter or Biscoff Spread (in creamy and crunchy--I have it on good authority that crunchy is better), and since it's basically crushed cookies with the consistency of peanut butter, you can bake with it or just spread it on whatever happens to be around. I usually just grab a spoon and tamp down my self-loathing. Luckily, this is easier to do when your mouth is full of cookie butter. Also, easy to eat while holding a book.

Seriously, just wrap it up and hand it over. I've mailed it to a friend without even a note of explanation. It's gift-giving gold. 

Bakerella has a recipe for Cookie Butter Fudge, if you really have to get fancy with your gift-giving.

I have to thank my husband for finding this one. Adagio makes fandom blends of tea. Whatwhat?!? *mind blown*

I mean, really. Everything from Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings to Sherlock and Doctor Who.

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Come back on Friday for more great gifts for booklovers!

So are our lists good for figuring out what to give other people, or are they better for figuring out what you want to get for yourself? Answer in the comments on any of the three posts and you might win a set of Alethea's book geek buttons!