Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Top Ten Books I Want to Give As Gifts

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. There is a new subject each week and this week's topic is "Top Ten Books I Want to Give as Gifts".

For my sister:

Crafting With Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make With Your Cat by Kaori Tsutaya and Amy Hirschman

I am being perfectly serious :) She would get a kick out of this book. She often says that Kitty sheds enough hair that you could make another cat out of it.

Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories From the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer S. Holland

My sister has loved animals her whole life and at one time she wanted to be a veterinarian. I think she'd find this book to be really cute. I had a chance to glance through it when we got it at my library and there are some truly adorable animals in there. I think this would make a great heartwarming gift for a lot of people this Christmas...

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

This is one of my favorite new books as I've mentioned repeatedly on this blog. My sister and I don't always have the same taste in books but this is one she might really like. Who knows? She ended up loving The Hunger Games when I bought that for her but didn't care for Beautiful Creatures which I also loved.

Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott

I think my sister would like this because she liked Memoirs of a Geisha. I don't know how she feels about fairy tales retold though...

Legend by Marie Lu

This is a book I haven't read yet but based on an excerpt and the many 5 star reviews, I'd say this was a sure bet for my sister. Too bad I already got her Christmas gift!

For my mom:

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

My mom doesn't have much time for reading because she is so busy with work and home life. She is a kindergarten teacher so most of the books she reads are things for school like Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, or Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. I think Girl in Translation is a book my mom would absolutely love and be able to relate to if only she had the time to read for herself!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I don't know if my mom would like this book but I bet she will love the movie (I'm taking it home with me when I visit for Christmas). The story is one that has wide appeal and after seeing the movie, she might be interested in reading the book.

The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair

It is funny that I was drawn to this book by the author's name since my mom's name is also Kamala. The Girl in the Garden is set in India and inspired by The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. My mom would love this story and for added incentive, I suggested it to her best friend and she loved it. I am actually planning to give my copy of this book to my mom but not for Christmas. I will save it up for her birthday this summer when she may have some time to read! Shh. Don't tell her...

For my dad:

The Third Wave by Alison Thompson

My dad enjoys reading but he reads only a handful of books a year. He has a really good work ethic so I think he feels like time spent reading for pleasure is time he should be using to do more practical things like yard work or cleaning the house. When he does read, it is usually books for church (he teaches Sunday school) or something educational. I think he'd like The Third Wave because it is about relief efforts in Sri Lanka (his homeland) after the 2004 tsunami.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

I haven't read this book but I think my dad would find the story fascinating. I know he'd be interested if they made it into a movie.


  1. The Help is such a great book! I definitely recommend it to whoever will listen. :) Great list!

  2. Great Choices!! I also want to read Legend! I have heard so many great things about it! =)

    Happy Reading!
    Farah @ Maji Bookshelf

  3. I've not read Legend either, but I keep hearing amazing things about it. I think I'm going to put it on MY Christmas list!

  4. Great choices. I haven't read Legend yet, but I have heard only great things. And The Help is such a beautiful book. One of the only non-YA books I have willingly read this year! And that is saying something.

    My Top Ten!

  5. LOL! Crafting With Cat Hair! I have GOT to get that book for my daughter! That is a hoot!
    Unbroken is a fantastic choice!

  6. i've heard the laura hillenbrand book is really good. great gift list!!

  7. Thanks so much for thinking of Girl in Translation for your mom! I do think it's very mom-positive. I hope your mom likes it. I met Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, in Amsterdam and she was lovely.

    I'm tickled by the idea of my book as a gift especially for moms and have posted a link to this on my Facebook fan page:


    Happy Holidays!

    Best Wishes,
    Jean Kwok


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