11 Books to Gift a Friend Who Loves to Read

Many people love to read and appreciate receiving a book as a gift for Christmas, birthdays, or other holidays and special occasions. Books make fantastic presents, but it can be tough to pick one out for someone else. That’s why I put together this list of eleven books to gift a friend!

All of the books on this list have three things in common:

  • I’ve read them and loved them.
  • They’re all books for adults and grownups (no children’s or YA books on this list).
  • They make fantastic gifts!

While there are a couple of new releases on this list, most of these books are backlist titles and have been on bookstore shelves for several years. The great thing about backlist that they are usually available in a paperback edition, which is less expensive.

Without any further chit-chat, here are my recommended best books to gift a friend who loves to read!

1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Deliah Owens

Content advisory: There is some language, domestic violence, attempted rape, and some sexual situations. No graphic love scenes or gruesome violence.

I snagged this beauty on a whim at Costco and fell in love with the story, setting, and characters. Resse Witherspoon featured this book as one of her book club picks and it became a popular read in 2018. It’s a cross between a romance novel, a murder mystery, and a courtroom drama set in the marshes of North Carolina. Lush and beautiful, this story is also full of surprises. It’s definitely one of the best adult books I’ve read this year. Read More.
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2. Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

Speaking of fantastic adult books published in 2018, don’t miss this beautiful book! It’s the fictionalized story of Joy Davidman, the woman who would eventually marry C.S. Lewis. It’s a story of her struggles, her writing, and the friendship that develops between herself and an author she admires. It’s in the same vein as other books that spotlight the wives of famous male authors like Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and The Paris Wife. Read More.
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3. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Content advisory: Semi-descriptive sex.

My friend lent me The Little Paris Bookshop and it took me forever to read it. When I finally picked it up, I wished I had read it sooner. It’s a delightful story of a man who almost lets life pass him by. On an impulse, he sets sail in his bookshop (it’s in a boat) and goes looking for answers to old questions, forges new friendships, and finds love. This is one of those books to gift a friend that loves happy stories threaded with wisdom. Read More.
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4. The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright

Content advisory: Some war violence, but nothing very descriptive.

If you want to give someone a book that celebrates the gift of reading and how it can change lives, you need to take a look at this one. I read it several years ago and then read it again with my book club last year. It’s about a young mother that lives with her family at the dump in Cambodia, collecting trash for a living. When her husband brings home a picture book he found in the dump, everything changes for the young family. It’s a story of rising above the odds, perseverance, and finding hope. Read More.
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