Want to ensure a peaceful ending to your Christmas day? Give books to the loved ones in your life. There’s nothing like settling into a good read after a busy day of celebrating. Here’s some gift books my family received:
Mary Poppins: 80th Anniversary Collection by P.L. Travers, 2014. My children are readers, even the youngest one who was born with Down syndrome. Ever since we read Mary Poppins together, she’s been asking for the sequel, Mary Poppins Comes Back. I struck gold when I found this edition which contains all four Poppins books with the original illustrations by Mary Shepard!
The Owl Diaries series written and illustrated by Rebecca Elliott, 2015. Reading aloud to children, even older ones, is important. But I’m always looking for independent reading titles also. This can be hard when you have new readers or those with special needs like my youngest daughter. That’s why I love this clever and irresistible chapter book series. No adult help required.
The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, 2014. We don’t have HBO, so no one in my household has watched Game of Thrones. But my teenage son is a mega fan of Martin’s book series. This beautiful, pictorial history of Westeros is pricey ($35.99), but “well worth it” according to him.
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, 1950. Years ago, I started a TO BE READ list to keep track of books I’d like to get. When my husband asked for Christmas gift ideas, I gave him a few of these titles including this classic American thriller. In it, two strangers meet on a train and discover both have problematic people in their lives. One proposes they trade murders to get rid of them.
Innocent Blood by P. D. James, 1980. I love a good English mystery. But I’ve never read one of the genre’s most famous authors—P.D. James. Now I get the chance with this delicious 1980 title which met with rave reviews.
Hawkeye Vol. 3 by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Ramon Perez, 2016. My teenage daughter loves Marvel Comics’, The Avengers. So when I saw this beautifully illustrated book about Hawkeye, one of “Earth’s Mightiest Archers,” I had to get it for her. It’s a hit.
The Green Mile by Stephen King, 1999. My daughter requested a Stephen King book for Christmas. She’s not quite grown yet, so I tread carefully choosing a title. Many of his books are just too creepy. I decided on this 1999 title about a guard working death row and the special prisoner he encounters. I have dibs on it when she’s finished.
BONUS BIT: Reading a good book while enjoying a meal is a pleasure… except when your book keeps shutting. That’s why I asked for a book holder. There are many types on the market, but mine came from Books-A-Million. It adjusts to fit most book sizes and folds up when not in use.