Your Ultimate Book Gifting Guide!

December 16, 2021
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With Christmas just days away, you might be feeling a little—or a lot—tapped out on gift ideas. But you know what we say: Books are ALWAYS the best gift.

We've got you covered with some of the most highly recommended books of the season from our very own literary experts and other trusted sources. You're guaranteed to find the perfect book for everyone on your list.

The best part? It's a one-stop shop for these great gifts at your local Books-A-Million or at Booksamillion.com, so you can wrap up your holiday shopping in the most convenient way possible! And if you're still stumped? Gift cards are the way to go!

Our Fiction Expert's Picks

  1. Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone
  2. The Lincoln Highway
  3. The Final Girl Support Group
  4. Project Hail Mary
  5. Beautiful World, Where Are You?

Our Kids & Young Adult Expert's Picks

For Kids

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #16: Big Shot
  2. The Christmas Pig
  3. Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories
  4. Dumbledore: The Life and Lies of Hogwarts's Renowned Headmaster
  5. Daughter of the Deep

For Young Adults

  1. Kingdom of the Cursed
  2. Go the Distance: A Twisted Tale
  3. Realm Breaker
  4. Rule of Wolves
  5. Good Girl, Bad Blood

The New York Times Picks

  1. How Beautiful We Were
  2. Intimacies
  3. The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
  4. No One Is Talking About This
  5. When We Cease to Understand the World
  6. The Copenhagen Trilogy
  7. How the Word Is Passed
  8. Invisible Child
  9. On Juneteenth
  10. Red Comet

Obama's Favorite Books of the Year

The former President has released his annual list of favorite books, and in addition to several that are included in the lists above, he chose:

  1. Matrix
  2. Harlem Shuffle
  3. Cloud Cuckoo Land
  4. These Precious Days
  5. Crying in H Mart
  6. Aftershocks
  7. Crossroads
  8. Beautiful Country

Award-Winning Books of 2021

  1. Hell of a Book - National Book Award
  2. Books by Abdulrazak Gurnah - Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
  3. When You Trap a Tiger - John Newbury Medal
  4. Before the Ever After - Coretta Scott King Book Award
  5. We Are Water Protectors - Randolph Caldecott Medal
  6. Respect: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul - Illustrator Award

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