Books to Gift the Reader in Your Life w. Giveaways

As a voracious reader and book lover, I can never have enough books. Today we’re sharing some of our favorite picks that is sure to make the reader in your life happy. Don’t forget to enter below to win one of the items marked “GIVEAWAY.”

Travel In Someone Else’s Shoes Books 


The Night Circus by Erin MorgensternThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern draws the reader in its first few pages. Celia’s father begins grooming her at a young age to help him win a competition against his rival. The two men spend years training their proteges for an ultimate duel that will leave only one of them standing. Marco and Celia inadvertantly fall in love, make the stakes even higher.  (Doubleday)

11/22/63 by Stephen KingIn Stephen King’s 11/22/63: A Novel, protagonist Jake Epping discovers a portal that takes him to 1958. His friend Al sends him on the mission to fix present day life. All Jake has to do is return to the past and stop John F. Kennedy’s assassination.  (Scribner)

The Taker by Alma Katsu

Alma Katsu’s dark novel The Taker will sure draw you into the character’s supernatural world. Lanny, born in a Puritan world, will do anything to keep the love of her life near. Lanny creates an immortal bond to a mysterious man and soon draws her love into her dark, lusty life–but at what price? (Gallery Books) Read our Q&A with Alma Katsu

 Books That Will Give You An Adrenaline Rush


100 Yards of Glory Book cover100 Yards of Glory by Joe Garner & Bob Costas is the ultimate gift for your football fan. This coffee table book chronicles the greatest moments in NFL history with chapters like Improbable Catches and Amazing Runs. Your football fan can truly relive those great moments with included DVD of the 10-part documentary of the same title. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The Informationist by Taylor StevensThe Informationist by Taylor Stevens introduces us to Vanessa Michael Munroe, who’s in the business of discovering information no one else is able to. Born to missionaries in Africa, Munroe returns to her childhood land to carry out her latest assignment. In order to solve the case, she must also face the demons of her past. (Broadway)

The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonasinga is the debut novel of the original Walking Dead back story. Fans of the television show will especially enjoy the audiobook version. Hearing the story is sure to make the hairs on your arm stand up. In fact, my husband has to break from listening after a while because he gets so creeped out. (MacMillan Audio)

The Passage by Justin CroninThe Passage by Justin Cronin is one of my favorite reads this year. Set in a post-apocalyptic Earth, humans keep a vigilant watch against vampire like creatures in order to survive. You might not want to read this book late at night. A more detailed review here (Ballatine Books)

A Trick of Light by Louise PennyIn A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny, Chief Inspector Gamache  is called to a tiny Quebec village to solve a murder in the art world where nothing is as it seems. Can you figure out who the murderer before Gamache does? (MacMillan Audio)

Holiday Books to Make Your Heart Grow Three Sizes Bigger 


A Charlie Brown Christmas Hallmark Recordable StorybooksHallmark’s A Charlie Brown Christmas Recordable Storybook is a interactive, personal way to introduce your kids to a classic story. Hallmark’s line of Recordable Storybooks allows you to record yourself reading the story aloud. A Charlie Brown Christmas also features music from the animated movie as well. This is a great gift to send to a family member who lives far away, such as grandparents to grandchildren.  Hallmark Recordable books are available in any of their stores. Until 12/24, save $10 off any holiday book (reg $29.95) with any purchaseGIVEAWAY. Read more below and enter to win your choice of Hallmark’s Holiday Recordable Storybooks!

The Christmas NoteThe Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere is perfect when you’re feeling stressed during the holiday season. As you’re shopping for gifts, listen to this story of hope and redemption. Gretchen, mother of two, moves to a new community to be closer to her mother. One day her mysterious neighbor Melissa knocks on her door, asking for help cleaning out her recently deceased mother’s apartment. (MacMillan Audio) GIVEAWAY Win the audiobook of The Christmas Note.

Gifts for Time-Strapped Readers


420 Characters by Lou Beach420 Characters by Lou Beach is a collection of short stories that are 420 characters or less, about the length of a Facebook status. In fact, that’s exactly how he began. He penned these paragraph length stories as Facebook status updates. This book is a collection of those stories and contains his original collages. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Men in the MakingBruce Machart’s short stories in Men in the Making feature men who seek to prove themselves in a world that doesn’t always welcome them. Set in Texas, these 10 stories give a rare glimpse into the hearts of these hard working men. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) GIVEAWAY


Inspiration For Aspiring Writers


Literary Ladies Guide to Writing LifeLiterary Ladies’ Guide to Writing Life by Nava Atlas is chockful of photos, anectdotes, and inspiration pulled directly from well known women authors’ personal letters and diaries. The book is beautifully designed. Each chapter shares each author’s view on “Developing a Voice” or “The Writer Mother.”  Jane Austen, Anais Nin, and Madeleine L’Engle are some of the authors featured in this book. Pick up a copy of this book for the writer on your list.  (Sellers Publishing, Inc)

Complete Artist's Way by Julia CameronThe Complete Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron is a classic for all creatives alike, not just writers. This version includes 3 of her works about how authors can cultivate a more creative life through daily practice. Included are The Artist’s Way, Walking in this World and Finding Water.


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Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond.  From Left to Write is not responsible for any lost or misdirected prizes. I received review copies of some of these books while others were personally purchased. Affiliate links are included in this post.

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