It's gift guide season! For the first time in my entire life, I feel adequately prepared. I've already done most of my Christmas gift shopping already! One of my personal favorite things to gift is a good book. I've rounded up a few here for all ages and multiple categories, to give you a few ideas for your own gift shopping this season.
The (Annotated) Brothers Grimm - Many of us are already aware of the Grimms' fairy tales, but it's always nice to have a few on hand for a bit of whimsical rainy day reading. You can find the stories in a variety of books, ie here and here. My own copy is one of my most prized possessions.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - This is one of my favorite books/stories ever. In "Jane Eyre", the title character "becomes an independent and spirited survivor - qualities that serve her well as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice."
This is a great gift for any literature loving adult, but also for kids! I received my first copy (was eaten as a puppy by my now 15 year old dog) when I was in elementary school, and it was well worn and loved. You never know, you could kick-start someone else's love for reading. You can find a copy here.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - ""The Bell Jar" chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under -- maybe for the last time." This is one of those books that took me years to understand. It's fantastic though. Not the happiest read, but fascinating and worthwhile nonetheless. You can find "The Bell Jar" here.
Persuasion by Jane Austen - Who doesn't love a bit of Jane Austen? "Persuasion" "revolves around the lives and love affair(s) of Sir Walter Elliot, his daughters Elizabeth, Anne, and Mary, and various in-laws, friends, suitors, and other characters." It's a great cold weather read, and I've found a couple of nice copies here and here.
For the Kids
*Little People, Big Dreams: Audrey Hepburn by Amaia Arrazola and Isabel Sanchez Vegara - This is quite simply a sweetly illustrated book about the life of actress Audrey Hepburn, broken down in a way for children to comprehend. This book is a great way to spark an interest in the actress and classic film! You can find a copy here.
*It Starts with a Seed by Laura Knowles and Jennie Webber - In this beautiful book, you "take a journey through the seasons and years as we follow the seed’s transformation from a seedling to a sapling, then a young tree, until it becomes a large tree with its branches and roots filling the page." Educate and inspire a future plant lover here.
*The Snowbear by Sean Taylor and Claire Alexander - This book is darling, and an easy favorite with any child in your life. It's a sweet tale about Iggy, Martina, a snowbear, and "the magic of snow and the power of a child's imagination." You can find a copy here.
*Christmas Paper Play by Lydia Crook - This isn't a story book, but a book full of fun Christmas crafts and activities like Christmas decorations and mini-crackers. This would be a great way to keep the kids in your family entertained and distracted throughout the Christmas holiday. Find your own here.
Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser - I may have mentioned before that Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" is a favorite film of mine. I read once that this specific biography was a source of inspiration for Coppola in regards to the film. It's a fantastic and informative biography about the former queen, and I recommend it to anyone with an interest in glamour and (not so glamorous) history. You can find this specific copy here.
Life: Remembering Grace by Howell Conant - This is simply a beautiful photo book documenting the working relationship between Grace Kelly and photographer Howell Conant. This is a lovely gift for anyone interested in old Hollywood and/or the life of Grace Kelly. This is another personal favorite of mine, and a constant source of inspiration. You can find a copy here.
*Full Service Blonde by Megan Edwards - This book "follows aspiring journalist Copper Black, who meets Victoria McKimber, an outspoken prostitute at one of Nevada’s legal brothels. Victoria offers Copper the exclusive right to tell her story," and what follows is a thrilling Las Vegas set murder mystery. Personally, I've only just started the book, and I'm already enthralled. "Full Service Blonde" makes for a truly exciting gift, and you can find a copy here.
*CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process by Jen Townsend and Renée Zettle-Sterling - "This gorgeous art coffee table book brings together the writing of seven different experts and over 800 images to create the first-ever, in-depth resource on the 6,000-year-old technique of casting." This is a gorgeous book, seriously y'all. "CAST" would make for a fitting staple in any living room, on any coffee table. There's something for everyone in this book, and it's sure to be cherished for ages. You can find out more here and buy a copy here.
*Be a Unicorn & Live Life on the Bright Side by Sarah Ford - This is a great little book for anyone with a sense of humor and/or an appreciation for unicorns and bright colors. "Be A Unicorn" is also for anyone who could use a fun pick-me-up. It would also make for a great stocking-stuffer! The ideas are endless. You can find a copy here.
*Titles marked with an asterisk have been gifted. I have not been paid for my words. All opinions are my own.