12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas … Day #5, The Best Books to Gift This Holiday Season

Hello everyone and welcome to the blog today. It’s Day #5 of the 12 Days Of Christmas, and I’m listing the best books to gift for the holiday.


Books transcend all ages and make excellent gifts for friends or family. You can find them everywhere, they can ship in a day or be delivered in digital format.  

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It’s easier than ever to find a book in any genre but there are so many titles.  Today I’m listing a few that topped or won in the Good Reads 2020 Choice Awards.

2020 Holiday Books

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Good Reads 2020 Choice Awards

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If I Had Your Face, Frances Chathis spaceIf I Had Your Face

SYNOPSIS: In Embrace Your Weird, New York Times bestselling author, producer, actress, TV writer, and award-winning web series creator, Felicia Day takes you on a journey to find, rekindle, or expand your creative passions.

Creatures_vanMeterthis spaceCreatures

SYNOPSIS: On the eve of Evangeline’s wedding, a dead whale is trapped in the harbor of Winter Island, the groom may be lost at sea, and Evie’s mostly absent mother has shown up out of the blue. From there, in this mesmerizing, provocative debut, Evie remembers and reckons with her complicated upbringing in this lush, wildland off the coast of Southern California.

The Midnight Library, Matt Haigthis spaceThe Midnight Library

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe, there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?


Untamed, Glennon Doylethis spaceUntamed

SYNOPSIS: There is a voice of longing inside every woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good mothers, daughters, partners, employees, citizens, and friends. We believe all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives, relationships, and the world, and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this?

Mystery – Thriller

The Guest List_LucyFoleythis spaceThe Guest List

On a remote island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate the wedding of Jules Keegan and Will Slater. Will is a rising television star, handsome and charming. Jules is a smart, ambitious magazine publisher. Though the sea is a little choppy and the cell service spotty, their wedding is everything you’d expect of a young power couple: designer dress, four-tiered cake, boutique whiskey, vintage champagne. Every detail has been curated to perfection. All that’s left to orchestrate is happiness.


Modern Comfort Food, Ina Gartenthis spaceModern Comfort Food: A Barefood Contessa Cookbook

SYNOPSIS: Author and alpha foodie Ina Garten takes the Food & Cookbooks prize with a collection of recipes perfect for the quarantined lifestyle of 2020. The 85 dishes featured here—many of them childhood favorites—are easy to make and meant to provide culinary comfort in this strangest of times. Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese! Creamy Tomato Bisque! Banana Rum Trifle! We’re feeling better already.

Young Adult

Black Girl Unlimited, Echo Brownthis spaceBlack Girl Unlimited

SYNOPSIS: Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to the white rocks. Yet there is magic . . . everywhere. New portals begin to open when Echo transfers to the rich school on the West Side, and an insightful teacher becomes a pivotal mentor. Each day, Echo travels between two worlds, leaving her brothers, her friends, and a piece of herself behind on the East Side.


I Am Every Good Thing, James_Barnesleavespas spaceI Am Every Good Thing

SYNOPSIS: The confident Black narrator of this book is proud of everything that makes him who he is. He’s got big plans, and no doubt he’ll see them through–as he’s creative, adventurous, smart, funny, and a good friend. Sometimes he falls, but he always gets back up. And other times he’s afraid because he’s so often misunderstood and called what he is not. So slow down and really look and listen, when somebody tells you–and shows you–who they are. There are superheroes in our midst!

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