Gift Giving Guide: Books

Megan Klak, Staff Writer
Victoria Chiu, Editor

Out of ideas for your family? At your wit’s end? Look no further: here are some great gifts for the hard-to-buy-for book lovers in your life…


  • Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg. This hilarious book imagines the conversations characters would have if they had cellphones.


  • Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton. Gorgeous pictures of people in New York, paired with revealing quotes. Fun fact: This is what our own weekly Humans of MAC column is based on!
  • The Judgement of Paris by Ross King. A wonderful book that illuminates the lives of the impressionist painters.

Adventurers/ Travel Lovers:

  • My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. One of my favourites and a laugh out loud hilarious account of the real-life escapades of an English family who moves to Greece.
  • Parisians by Graham Robb. Conjuring up images of Paris throughout history, it will make you want to hop the next plane to Paris.


  • My Life in France by Julia Child and her nephew, Alex Prud’homme. Anyone who loves food will appreciate the wonderful memoirs of Julia Child.
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. A clash of cultures that unfolds into an all-out war. Read the book, see the movie.


  • Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie. The title says it all.
  • Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay. A must-read for any feminist.

Teen Lit Lovers:

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong. Werewolves. Witches. Ghosts. Need I say more?

Younger Readers:

  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. This beautifully illustrated novel is great for younger siblings.
  • How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. The whole series is great, so if you’re in it for the long haul and want to see the world that inspired the movies, read the whole thing!


  • The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal. Following the history of one family, this is a book with descriptions so tactile you will almost be able to feel what you are reading.

Fantasy Lovers:

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The atmosphere is breathtaking.
  • Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett. Quirky and incredibly funny in entirely unexpected ways.

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