The River by Peter Heller would make a great gift for an outdoor or adventure enthusiast. It is a fantastic story about friendship which turns into a mystery-thriller as two young men canoe along the Muskwa River in Northern Canada.
Born a Crime
What I loved most about Born a Crime was that although it is a nonfiction memoir, it reads very much like fiction. He paints a very vivid picture of his mom, and in the end, when he chronicles the last adventure, I found myself at the edge of my seat, wondering if she had survived.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time because it’s all about pathways and love and honor, written with humor and heart.
The Book Thief
This year, I am hoping for a hardback edition of The Book Thief—which is the number one book I give as a gift to others! For me, it’s magical because it has something for everyone—history, family dynamics, innocent romance, athletics, friendships, coming of age, danger, and suspense. The characters are impossible not to fall in love with, and the narrative is so unique that it keeps readers hanging on to the last page. Overall, the main theme is stressing the importance of words, reading, and books. It’s just the best.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed. This book changed the way I think of myself and I want to give that to others.
Louisa May Alcott
I always love to revisit Little Women when Christmas comes around. There is something really heartwarming about the March sisters.
Tiny Beautiful Things
The book I love to give people is Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed because the essays it contains will rip you open and leave you raw.
The Most Fun We Ever Had
I saw a bit of myself and the women in my family all throughout The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo. I simply loved it.
—Carla Bratton Thompson
Michelle Obama’s language is frank and uncolored. Most people cannot approach their own shortcomings and achievements with such candor. One of the other things that I appreciated was the ordinariness of her story. One often expects to hear stories of African-American women that detail abuse, assault, or some other urban tragedy, but Mrs. Obama’s book was of an American child who just happened to be a person of color. I found it incredibly moving.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer
I started giving our daughter a box of books for Christmas when she was in the 4th grade. She is now turning 30, and she has said the “book box” is her favorite gift every year. I introduced her to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which she thoroughly enjoyed.
—Barb Fahey Hocin
At Read It Forward, we’re grateful for the unwavering support we receive from all of you because, without it, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love to do! We want to take this moment to say thank you and remind you that we care about what you’re reading, recommending, and loving.
So, this year, in an effort to showcase the voices of our top fans, we asked members of the Read It Forward Facebook Group to share the books they’re giving others this holiday season—and the ones they want for themselves. Here are some of their top picks.
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