2 December 2020

Christmas Gift Guide: Bookworms

Christmas Gift Guide of books

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Moving onto my next gift guide: one for the bookworm in your life! 

As a bookworm myself, I never tire of receiving books as gifts, especially as I love a huge variety of genres, and appreciate the fact that someone has looked at a book and thought "Georgie would like that."

Here is my pick of books that I'm sure one of your loved ones would love, with some great options to support your local book shop this year. 

Take a look at some of my other gift guides from this year: 






BOOKSHOP.ORG


This site popped up a few months ago, and I feel like it's really upped the support for local independent bookshops. 

Bookshop.org allows you to shop your local bookshop online all in one place. COVID has been detrimental to the high street, but in this way, you can still support the bookshops out there. I remember wandering the shelves of my local bookshop as a child, getting lost in a sea of covers and blurbs. Sadly I've also seen the decline of the bookshops around me, so this site is one that I'll be using as much as I can from now on. 

I'm also impressed by the fact that their prices are competitive to places like Amazon, and you can create wishlists on the site which is great for helping people buy gifts for you!

THE REPAIR SHOP book

THE REPAIR SHOP


If you have a loved one who loves restoring and make do & mend, or if they are a fan of The Repair Shop series, then I think this book (ad-aff) would be a great gift for them. 

Inspired by the show, this handbook is filled with tips and tricks for restoring small things to make your most treasured possesions look brand new again. 

You'll also find advice from the experts on the show, and will be one of those books that you'll be referring back to time and time again. 

I'M STILL HERE: BLACK DIGNITY IN A WORLD MADE FOR WHITENESS book BY AUSTIN CHANNING BROWN

I'M STILL HERE: BLACK DIGNITY IN A WORLD MADE FOR WHITENESS BY AUSTIN CHANNING BROWN


This year has seen a huge surge in coversation about racism, and as someone who wants to become an ally to those who are subject to racism, I wanted to use my time more to educate myself on what has been, and still is happening. 

I wanted to reflect this in my reading choices, and among some of the books I've read so far, this one really stood out to me. 

I'm Still Here* (ad-aff) is the memoir of Austin Channing Brown, who tells her story of growing up as a black woman in a racialized America. Her powerful writing really hits home about the casual racism that is woven into our society, and has proved so popular that it was a Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book pick! 

This is such an important read, and one that you need to pick up for yourself and your loved ones to continue our learning. 

THE EXISTENCE OF AMY BY LANA GRACE RIVA BOOK

THE EXISTENCE OF AMY BY LANA GRACE RIVA


This author is fairly new to me, but one that I'm really excited by!

The Existence of Amy* (ad-aff) follows our protagonist as she appears to lead a normal life, when in reality she is suffering with OCD. Even though this is a fictional story, it brings up some very real truths about mental health, and how those who live with it try to cope with it. 

For someone who has never suffered badly with OCD, I find it really important to educate myself about other mental illnesses (especially being a teacher) and I think novels like this are really important in that education. 

This is only Riva's second book, but I'm so excited to see where she goes in the future with her writing! 

THE UNPASSING BY CHIA-CHIA LIN BOOK

THE UNPASSING BY CHIA-CHIA LIN


I absolutely love picking up debut novel's, regardless of whether they have hype around them or not, and this one is definitely worth picking up!

The Unpassing* (ad-aff) follows a Taiwanese family trying to settle down in Alaska, but then a tragedy hits the family. As they try to pick up the pieces after the death of one of the children, things start to unravel, but the siblings start to find solace in the Alaskan wilderness. 

This book feels like it has the same vibes as Everything I Never Told You (ad-aff), and the domestic troubles mixed with the nature prose is a great combination. 

A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING BY RUTH OZEKI BOOK

A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING BY RUTH OZEKI


I recently watched an episode of Unsolved Mysteries (if you haven't watched it, I highly recommend this Netflix series for all you crime/mystery lovers) which covered the 2011 tsunami in Japan, so I did have some prior knowledge of it when picking up A Tale For The Time Being* (ad-aff). I do love having a bit of background knowledge when reading novels about real events, so highly recommend doing this if you're picking this up. 

When Ruth finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the coast of British Columbia, she finds it's owners diary inside. As she begins to read it, she learns about Nao, a young girl who just wants to be understood. 

You'll certainly be learning a lot during this page-turner, as its filled with facts on Japanese culture, language and history. 

SKINCARE: THE ULTIMATE NO-NONSENSE GUIDE BY CAROLINE HIRONS BOOK

SKINCARE: THE ULTIMATE NO-NONSENSE GUIDE BY CAROLINE HIRONS


This books is a must-buy for any skincare lovers out there, as well as those just starting on their skincare journey. 

Skincare (ad-aff) is written by the wonderful Caroline Hirons, queen of skincare in the blogging world, and in her amazing honest way tells you everything you need to know about routines, treatments, ingredients and more!

This book helped me so much (and I've been a skincare addict for years) and now I've upped my skincare routines, tried out acids and retinols which I was too scared to try previously, as well as looking out for certain ingredients and formulas that can make or break my skin. 

I'll be referring back to this for years to come, and I bet you will be too!

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I really hoped this gift guide helped you with some gift ideas for the bookworm in your life! Are there any great book gifts you'll be buying this year? 

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