Collabmas Day 3 2016: Books To Give This Christmas

Welcome Back To A Day In The Life Of The Anonymous Me,

Today is Day 3 of Collabmas and I am collaborating with Sareena, so make sure you go and check out her half of the collab after you’ve read this post. You can find her blog here. We are going to be sharing with you the books we think would make perfect Christmas presents. Enjoy!


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I love receiving books for Christmas. It’s because they are so special. For starters someone who you love has chosen that book out especially for you and had you in mind when buying the present. Also, there are some really gorgeous editions of books that come out for the festive period.

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First up is my recommendation for if you have any young children you need to buy presents for. I’d suggest buying A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond. It is a British Children’s Classic and I remember loving it when my Dad read the series to me when I was about 5 or 6. My edition of it is the same book my Dad when he read them as a child which feels really special. The book follows the Brown family who meet a bear at Paddington Train Station. They get talking to him and he comes home with them and they call him Paddington. The book series follows all the adventures that Paddington gets up to with his friend Mr Gruber who owns a shop and their next door neighbour Mr Curry who doesn’t get on very well with Paddington. The books are hilarious and small children will love them. If you are looking for something to go with the book, there is a movie of the first book, so that would be a great partner present.

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My next recommendation is for teens who love YA. You will probably have seen last year All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven took over teen literature. In October this year Jennifer Niven brought out her new book Holding Up The Universe which is the perfect book gift for a teen this Christmas. It follows Jack who has prosopagnosia (not being able to recognise faces) and Libby who was the fattest teen in America. Now Libby has lost over half of the weight and is going back to school. The book follows both their journeys and their struggles in school and how as the book progresses their paths meet and their friendship formed. This book was amazing. I didn’t love it as much as All The Bright Places, but I still gave it a 5/5*’s on Goodreads as it was phenomenal and poignant.

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If you are looking for a fiction book for and adult in your life, The Children Act by Ian McEwan is perfect. It follows the life of a leading High Court Judge called Fiona Maye. She is having problems with her husband, whilst she is leading an urgent case deciding whether a boy should live or die. The boy is a Jehovah Witness and for religious reasons won’t take the medical help he needs. It is up to her to decide on her own his fate, but either way there are consequences. This is a book that really makes you think. It makes you think about what you would do if you were in her position and what you would do if you were in the boy’s position. It is outstanding, prominent and marvelous. I would say it is not suitable for those under 15, but I don’t want to dictate what you can and can’t read. If you think someone is mature enough for it, go for it, but do be aware that it contains strong issues in it.

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Hardback picture books are lovely presents to receive. If you have a beer/craft beer lover in your life they’ll love Oh Beautiful Beer by Harvey Shepard. It follows the evolution of craft beer and design with pictures. My Dad really enjoyed this book when he received this as a present and it is the perfect coffee table book. The pictures are stunning and there is a good balance of pictures and writing. It is presented in a really interesting and exciting way.

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This year Bruce Springsteen brought out his autobiography Born To Run which I have thoroughly enjoyed reading these past few weeks. I found it really interesting to hear about the life of a person who’s music I have listened to my whole life. It was fascinating to hear about life when he was growing up, his family members and how he came to be the person and success he is now. This is the perfect gift for a lover of Bruce Springsteen music and it has some really funny moments in it. If you are looking for a partner gift, he brought out a CD to go with the book.

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You might remember from a few years ago there was a program on the BBC called Sweets Made Simple. It followed Miss Hope and Mr Greenwood teaching you how to make sweets and was a lovely program set in the most stunning kitchen. They brought out the book to go with the program and it includes all the recipes featured on the TV show along with others. I loved receiving this book and have had great use out of it. I’m sure anyone in your life who loves to get busy in the kitchen will love this book.

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The penultimate book is Vintage Home by Sarah Moore. My Mum really enjoyed looking through the book and taking inspiration for our house. It’s really nice to have a book where you can look through and find things you like and then alter them slightly to add your own personal touch. The pictures in this a gorgeous and it is perfect for someone in your life who loves homes and interiors. It also makes the perfect coffee table book.

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The last book I have to suggest to you is also a great coffee table book and is perfect for a maker in your life. Especially one who likes sewing. It is filled to the brim with sewing patterns from shopping bags to bean bags. I have really enjoyed using this book. It is such a lovely gift because you can give it to them and then they can make the gift bigger by making things from it.

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So there you have, those are all the books that I think would be perfect gift ideas this Christmas for you to give someone or to ask for. Let me know in the comments what book you think is the perfect present to give and don’t forget to go and check out Sareena’s post.

Happy Blogging! xx

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