Saturday, December 31, 2016

Books To Buy With Holiday Cards/Cash

Happy New Year's Eve! I know a lot of us probably got gift cards or even some money from various friends and families over the holidays. Now it's time to utilize those, and what's better than books? I thought I'd share a fun "gift guide" of sorts of books that I think you should use your money or cards on! What would you choose?

*As an Amazon Associate, I'm linking all of these to Amazon. If you happen to purchase something, I'll get small percent to help the blog.*

A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition- I've never read or seen Game of Thrones. Okay, don't get angry! I am a bit curious, but I'm not sure if' it's for me or not. However, I love that you can buy the first Game of Thrones novel with illustrations. I actually got this for a friend of mine! I haven't given it to her as I write this, though, but I am SURE she'll love it.

Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book: The Story of the Making of the Film- I just love this movie! I think this would be a really interesting look at the making of the film. It's also a book I'd really like to get another friend of mine sometime in the future because she's a big fan of this movie too, as well as Mel Brooks in general.

Disney Manga Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas: I absolutely love this film and I'd really like to own this manga version. Isn't it cool?

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne: I had to add this to my list as it's something I want to read, but it's also all over the blogosphere. I think I've only read one "meh" review for it too, with the rest being really positive, so that's a good sign!

Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection by Jia Jiang: I really love these type of self-help books where the author did a certain challenge, kind of like The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I'm hoping to read this one sometime in 2017!

Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age by Mathew Klickstein: I grew up watching the classic Nickelodeon TV shows and this book has been on my personal wish list for years now. Would you read this? What Nick shows did you love?

To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story: I actually saw this one at my library years back but I think it was weeded out, so now I have to purchase my own copy. I believe there is artwork throughout the book, which I love! Plus, I like nonfiction books like these.

The Who, The What, And The When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History: I think we all know that some of the greatest names in history didn't get where they did alone, so I love the idea that we can learn more about these secret sidekicks in this collection!

Funny! Twenty-Five Years of Laughter from the Pixar Story Room: I love Pixar films. Some of my most favorite animated movies are from Pixar, so how cool does this book sound? Would you buy something like this?

There you go! These are some fun ideas that you could put your cash/gift cards towards, if you needed any more ideas!


Friday, December 30, 2016

The Illustrated Book of Sayings by Ella Frances Sanders

The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions From Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders

Review by Lauren

source: e-copy from Netgally; physical copy from Blogging for Books; all opinions are my own

Buy via Amazon (amazon associates link)

Official SummaryElla Frances Sanders's first book, Lost in Translation, captured the imagination of readers with its charmingly illustrated words that have no direct English translation. Now, the New York Times-bestselling author is back with an illustrated collection that addresses the nuances of language in the form of sayings from around the world. From the French idiom "to pedal in the sauerkraut," (i.e., "to spin your wheels,") to the Japanese idiom "even monkeys fall from trees" (meaning, "even experts can be wrong"), Sanders presents sayings that reveal the remarkable diversity, humor, and poignancy of the world's languages and cultures.

Review: I originally got an e-copy of this from Netgalley, but my kindle doesn't let me see anything in color, so it was hard to really enjoy. Therefore, when Blogging for Books offered the physical copy to review, I jumped on the chance. I'm really glad I did too, because this was an intriguing little book. If you know someone who loves languages, or even traveling, this would be perfect for them. It's full of sayings from various countries, as well as an English definition of what it means. Along with these sayings, you get some nicely done illustrations that show the saying "acted out" if you will.

sample from the book - source
The above saying, in English, is "While swimming, drink water" which is actually an Indonesian phrase. You get the phrase smelled out in the correct language at the top. I love how Sanders includes the saying in its proper language, as well as an English translation on every illustration.

Overall, this was a fun one! It's a quick read, but it makes you want to keep researching famous sayings from other countries/cultures.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Picture Book Reviews: The Lost Gift + 12 Days of Christmas

The Lost Gift: A Christmas Story by Kallie George and Stephanie Graegin 

amazon associates link to buy a copy! 

Review by Lauren

source: copy for review; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryIt’s Christmas Eve, and Bird, Rabbit, Deer, and Squirrel are eagerly waiting for Santa to fly overhead. When he does, a gift tumbles out of his sleigh, landing in the woods. The friends find the gift and read the tag: “For the new baby at the farm. Love, Santa.” And so, in spite of Squirrel’s grumbling—“It’s not our baby”—they set off on a long journey to deliver it. Sweet, poignant, and starring a cast of truly adorable characters, this is a story sure to be shared year after year at Christmastime.

Review: This is such a cute book! The basic idea is that four forest animals- Bird, Rabbit, Deer, and Squirrel - come across a package that fell out of Santa's sleigh. They go on a journey to make sure that the recipient gets their gift. Said recipient is the new baby on the farm. While not all the animals want to be bothered delivering the gift, they come together to make sure that the new baby gets her present in time for Christmas Day.

The Lost Gift is a great tale of friendship and giving back, even if you don't think you'll get something in return. My mom also really loved this one, and it's something that I'd love to share with my niece and nephew someday!

The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup

amazon associates link to buy a copy! 

Review by Lauren

source: copy from publisher: all opinions are my own

Official Summary: Check out the summary on the publisher's website here.

Review: Almost everyone knows the 12 Days of Christmas song, and that's what this book is, except Britta Teckentrup created really cute illustrations to go along with it.

What makes this book worth getting is that it's a peek-through book, meaning as the song continues on, more and more of the "gifts" show up through the pages. I took a couple pictures of the book to hopefully explain this a bit better. It's such a fun idea!

Don't you just love this? I really liked the little girl and boy on each page too, as they end up doing different things throughout the book. It's definitely a visually appealing book that I'd recommend for a slightly older child!

I know Christmas is over, but these would be great to buy and hold onto for Christmas 2017!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Swap Reveal!

Thanks to the Chaotic Goddess Swaps for hosting the 12 Days of Christmas Swap. I was partnered with Terri from Our Good Life and I'm here today to show off all the fun items she sent me! I posted photos as I opened things on Instagram, but in case you didn't see that - or missed some - here we go!

Day 1: Terri made this cute ornament commemorating the swap. Her name and the state she's from is on the back. I also included some of the cute packaging!

Day 2: Some fun cinnamon popcorn! I still need to try this, but I'm so curious!

Day 3 and 4: A cute Let it Snow themed notepad and some fun plaid socks. They are SO comfy!

Day 5 and 6: Terri made me these really cute paper clip bookmarks! The other item is a little elf door decoration!

Day 7 and 8: A little Christmas themed coloring book with colored pencils (I'm working on one page right now) and two little cute boxes with some fun surprises! The little plant smells great, and the other item is a wax melt.

Day 9: These soft heart shaped ornaments. They are on my tree right now, with the ornament from Day 1.

Day 10, 11, and 12: I got a box of Walker's Shortbread cookies that are so addicting - I still have some left! Then I got a fun stocking themed coaster, which I'm using right now! Finally, on the last day, I got a $25 gift card from Barnes N Noble which was a HUGE surprise and so sweet. I've already bought Amy Schumer's memoir with it (it was half off) and I have money left!

Thank you so much to Terri for sending me such lovely gifts. I haven't heard anything yet, but I HOPE she loved her gifts that I sent!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Show Us Your Books: Best of 2016

Tuesday, December 27 is a special Show Us Your Books with Steph and Jana, where everyone is showing off their top books read in 2016!

I'm currently fighting an ear infection/fever, so I haven't been feeling all that well. Therefore, I'm going to link to just the Goodreads pages for these books and not my own reviews. If you want my review of any of these, let me know and I'll direct you when I'm feeling more up to it!


Now...all the 5-star reads for 2016
fyi: I read these in 2016; not all were released this year!

We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson (YA LGBT)

True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan (YA contemporary, LGBT)

George by Alex Gino (MG contemporary, LGBT)

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (I also got to meet these two this year and they were so nice!) (YA science fiction)

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (Met him as well and he's fantastic!, this is a YA mystery/LGBT))

Timekeeper by Tara Sim (YA Historical Fiction, LGBT)

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen (adult/YA comics/nonfiction)

The Memory Book by Lara Avery (YA contemporary)

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (YA fantasy)

Without Trace by Simon Booker (adult mystery)

Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan (MG level graphic novel)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (YA fantasy)

Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin (YA alternate history)

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes (adult romance of sorts...)

Well Played by Meredith Sinclair (nonfiction)

Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness by David Casarett (adult mystery)

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (adult mystery/thriller)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay (I've read the book before, but the illustrated version is great. HP starts out at the MG level).

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Dual Reviews: Wrapped Together and Glass Tidings

Wrapped Together by Annabeth Albert

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryFor a stationery store owner, the holidays are great for business. But for Hollis Alcott, Christmas reminds him of the tragic events of three years past, and the last thing he wants to do is take part in Portland’s over-abundance of festive cheer. But Sawyer Murphy, a hunky gift shop owner whose brother is married to Hollis’s sister, has made it his mission to pluck Hollis out of his holiday blues. And his plan is beginning to work. Wrapped in the warm glow of newfound passion, the former business rivals hit up Portland’s finest holiday traditions—and Hollis’s icy attitude begins to melt like snowflakes on his tongue. But he isn’t sure he can trust anyone with the only gift he has—his heart—without breaking it like an antique ornament. Unless he can find the courage to take a leap with the one lover he never expected . . .

Review: This is the 5th novel in the Portland Heat series, but I think it's only the second one that I've read. I definitely need to read the others though, because Albert is a fantastic writer and creator of characters that you just grow to love. The only small, tiny negative I'd have about Wrapped Together is that it's just not long enough! Alas...I did love what I was given.

This book is about Hollis Alcott and Sawyer Murphy. Hollis' twin sister is married to Sawyer's twin brother, and people have been pushing these two together for years. Despite growing up as friends, they are very different people and Hollis mostly keeps to himself, especially after the tragic death of his parents. Sawyer, on the other hand, is more out and proud, bringing around guys all the time. Hollis tries to squash any feelings he has for Sawyer, but it's difficult.

When Sawyer makes it his Christmas mission to bring the joy of the season back into Hollis' life, Hollis realizes that he really does want to be with Sawyer, not to mention all the happiness he's been missing. However, Hollis thinks he knows Sawyer. Anything the two of them have will just end, because Sawyer can't stay committed to anything.

I loved both of these characters, despite their vast differences. I thought it was wonderful how Albert showed aspect of these men that the other hadn't realized existed. It just goes to show how pre-conceived notions aren't always right, no matter how long you have known someone.

Wrapped Together was such a sweet novel, and perfect for the holiday season! Definitely worth reading!

Want to read Wrapped Together? Get it from Amazon for $1.99

Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryEddie Rodrigues doesn’t stay in one place long enough to get attached. The only time he broke that rule, things went south fast. Now he’s on the road again, with barely enough cash in his pocket to hop a bus south after his (sort-of-stolen) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Midwest, USA.

He’s fine. He’ll manage. Until he watches that girl get hit by a car and left to die.

Local shop owner Grayson Croft isn’t in the habit of doing people any favors. But even a recluse can’t avoid everyone in a town as small as Clear Lake. And when the cop who played Juliet to your Romeo in the high school play asks you to put up her key witness for the night, you say yes.

Now Gray’s got a grouchy glass artist stomping around his big, empty house, and it turns out that he . . . maybe . . . kind of . . . likes the company.

But Eddie Rodrigues never sticks around.

Unless a Christmas shop owner who hates the season can show an orphan what it means to have family for the holidays.

Review: Let me preface this review by saying that I really love this author and some of her other novels, but Glass Tidings just didn't work for me all that much. There is some age difference between Gray and Eddie, though I couldn't ever really figure out how much. Age differences in romance don't bother me if they are done well, but I just felt like Eddie was too much of a kid for Gray and therefore, it didn't entirely ring "true" for me.

Also, the reason that Eddie is stuck in town is due to a hit and run that he witnessed. I thought this aspect would play more of a part, but it didn't. Sure, it's mentioned throughout and there were some parts of this story line that I did not see coming, but all in all, it just seemed like a convenient way for the two guys to meet.

Regardless of my qualms, I did finish the book, so it wasn't terrible and I did really enjoy parts of the story. I thought Gray and Eddie's love of books was really cute, and I liked how both characters grew throughout the novel. All in all, I gave this 3 stars on Goodreads.

Want to read Glass Tidings? Get it from Amazon for $17.99

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Guyliner by J. Leigh Bailey

Guyliner by J. Leigh Bailey

Review by Lauren

source: copy for review; all opinions are my own

Official SummarySeventeen-year-old Connor works his butt off to maintain the golden-boy persona he’s created. He has the grades, the extracurriculars, the athletics, and a part-time job at his dad’s shop… every detail specifically chosen to ensure the college scholarships he needs to get the hell out of the Podunk town where he lives. The last thing he needs is an unexpected attraction to Graham, an eyeliner-wearing soccer phenom from St. Louis, who makes him question his goals and his sexuality. Sure, he’s noticed good-looking boys before—that doesn’t have to mean anything, right?—but he’s got a girlfriend. There’s no room on the agenda for hooking up with Graham, but the heart doesn’t always follow the rules.

As he and Graham grow close, other aspects of Connor’s life fall apart. Family pressure, bad luck, and rumors threaten to derail his carefully laid plans. Suddenly the future he’s fighting for doesn’t seem quite as alluring, especially if he has to deny who he really is to achieve it.

ReviewI’ve read- and loved – a few books by Bailey, but the characters were all usually college-aged. In Guyliner, our main characters are juniors in high school, and I really liked that dynamic. It meant that family played a larger role than is sometimes so in adult novels. This book focuses on Connor and Graham, who ultimately fall for each other. The road there takes some time though.
Connor is known as “The Golden Boy.” He’s a star baseball player, gets perfect grades, is good to his siblings, and has a cute and respectable girlfriend. As for Graham, he’s new to the town and is the “Guyliner” in the title. He’s out and proud, a star soccer player, and is often found saying way too much when bullies get in his way.

Connor notices Graham right away, and it’s clear from the beginning that Connor has had feelings about guys before. He’s always ignored them until Graham, though. His girlfriend, Allyson, is great, one of his best friends, but the two of them are hardly physical. She’s okay with that though, and she calls Connor out when he tries to kiss her, knowing that he’s not being true to himself. She doesn’t suspect he’s gay, but she does know that he’s trying to put on some sort of act.

When Connor and Graham are forced to spend Saturday afternoons cleaning out a sports shed in lieu of normal detention, the two start to get to know each other better. They even spend a monumental weekend in Chicago with Graham’s parents that leads to a lot of truth telling from both of them. Graham has already been through something traumatic that has made him determined never to hide his sexuality again, and it’s definitely heartbreaking. It’s easy to see why he won’t hide just for Connor, even if he does want to be with him.

This is definitely a great book for teens, but I think adults would enjoy it too. It’s not full of too many physical moments, but what is there is done well. I thought the characters were fully-formed and I loved getting to know each set of parents and families, as well as their friends. Even the secondary characters seemed to be multi-dimensional and I always appreciate that. The romance is the surrounding topic of the book, but since this is more about accepting oneself and being true to who you are, don’t expect too much of a relationship until the end. I don’t mind coming out stories – because I do think they will continue to be needed – but they do make me wish I had another book that really explored the two characters together.

Regardless, Guyliner was a good read. I’ll continue reading this author for sure! 

noted: I get a percentage of any sales

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Dream Author Panel: Contemporary YA Fiction

I'm sure most of us book lovers have thought about which authors we would love to meet or hear speak in person. I knew I had to share some of my own dream guests, and I'd LOVE to know who you would invite. If you are looking to set up an actual panel or conference, check out Eventbrite's conference management page to help you out! For me, I'm not going to worry too much about where I'd want to have my dream panel, but rather who I want to be on it!

One of my all-time favorite genres is contemporary fiction, so I thought I'd create a panel with authors that write in this genre. I'm also including my favorite books by these respective authors.

Stephen Chbosky: The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Buy here 

Sharon M. Draper: Tears of a Tiger: Buy here

Stephanie Kuehnert: Ballads of Suburbia: Buy here

Kathy Charles: John Belushi is Dead: Buy here

Now that I've shared some of my favorite contemporary authors and the book that I love by them, it's time to share some of the questions that I would ask these authors on my dream panel!

Question 1: Do you go into your books knowing you will address certain tougher subjects, or do they just happen as you write?

Question 2: Would you ever want to see your book turned into a movie? (this is already true for Stephen Chbsoky - who wrote and directed his adaptation).

Question 3: How do you feel your book's cover relates to the contents within? Would you change anything about the cover?

Question 4: What is it about contemporary fiction that you love to write?

There you have it - my dream contemporary fiction panel. I suppose I should really say Contemporary YA Fiction, since all of these books are for teens/young adults.

Which authors - or characters- would be on your dream panel? 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Clickbait by E.J. Russell

Clickbait by E.J. Russell

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Buy it HERE now: small percent of every sale goes to me

Official SummaryAfter the disastrous ending of his first serious relationship, Gideon Wallace cultivated a protective — but fabulously shiny — outer shell to shield himself from Heartbreak 2.0. Besides, romance is so not a priority for him right now. All his web design prospects have inexplicably evaporated, and to save his fledgling business, he’s been compelled to take a hands-on hardware project — as in, his hands on screwdrivers, soldering irons, and needle-nosed pliers. God. Failure could actually be an option.

Journeyman electrician Alex Henning is ready to leave Gideon twisting in the wind after their run-ins both on and off the construction site. Except, like a fool, he takes pity on the guy and offers to help. Never mind that between coping with his dad’s dementia and clocking all the overtime he can finagle, he has zero room in his life for more complications.

Apparently, an office build-out can lay the foundation for a new relationship. Who knew? But before Alex can trust Gideon with the truth about his fragile family, he has to believe that Gideon’s capable of caring about more than appearances. And Gideon must learn that when it comes to the heart, it’s content — not presentation — that matters.


Gideon Wallace is a tech geek, whose first real relationship scared him away from anything beyond a two-date limit. However, he’s suddenly desperate for work, his web design prospects drying up, so he takes on a hardware job that will hopefully lead to working on the company’s website. This job leads him right to Alex Henning, who he’s already made a bad impression in front of, and whose large size freaks Gideon out, reminding him of his ex.

As for Alex, he’s a hardworking young man whose sister is one of Gideon’s roommates. He’s had a crush on Gideon for years, but Gideon doesn’t remember him at first, not having been around him much. Alex would like to get to know Gideon better, but his dad’s memory is failing and he feels too much obligation to take care of everything and everyone to make himself happy.

However, a deal is made where Alex helps Gideon finish his project by the deadline if Gideon will go out with Alex three times and this brings the two closer. I really liked the dynamic between these two, despite them being very different. Alex wants to have a relationship, but he also feels guilty if he’s not around to help his mom, and Gideon is too afraid to try a relationship after the way his first ended. Despite this, the two find they like hanging out together, Gideon more so than Alex, as Gideon is the one who has more prejudices he has to face. I liked that the author focused on this aspect of Gideon. It didn’t mean he was a bad person, but he did picture himself with someone more white collar and successful; someone more on his intellectual wavelength. So being with a blue collar guy like Alex has him rechecking things he used to believe. Alex is aware of this though, and he does push Gideon to see things different and I liked that.

I also really liked the added diversity of Gideon being white and Alex being black. Alex comments on his race a few times, thinking Gideon is judging him on it, but that is one thing that doesn’t affect Gideon. Race didn’t matter. It was other aspects that he had to work around, and I liked that. It showed that people have different pre-conceived notions or prejudices apart from race that they have to deal with.

While the two ultimately do become physical, this is actually a book that doesn’t deal too much with that side of the relationship. You really get to know the two main characters, and they learn to work together as well. Gideon has his past to deal with, from his ex-boyfriend to his parents, while Alex has his dad’s condition that has mostly been kept a family secret. I liked getting to know Gideon and Alex separately and together, and I thought the author did a good job exploring more than their relationship in the book - though I did like their relationship and I appreciated that it wasn’t always easy. It felt realistic overall. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Gifts for Your Boss/Co-Worker/Other Acquaintance

When I had asked about themes for gift guides on Twitter, someone mentioned Bosses and Co-Workers so I thought I'd share some ideas that might be good things to get for these people - or other acquaintances in your life like hairdressers, babysitters, and more! Again, Amazon Associates links allow me a percentage of all sales which helps me and the blog!

All That Food

Who doesn't love a nice treat? These would be great for your boss or if you get something like a candy basket, you can set it out in your work common area for everyone to share! It's easier than individual gifts for every co-worker.

Ferrero Rocher Hazelnut Chocolates, 48 count - Buy here for $12.89

Not too expensive for a nice boss gift, or lay them out and let your co-workers grab a couple to take!

Five Star Gift Baskets Holiday Gourmet Food Nuts Gift Basket- 7 Different Nuts: Buy here for $27.95

Dove Promises Holiday Milk Chocolate Gift 12-ounce box - Buy here for $11.49

I love Dove chocolate, and I could see a boss really loving this! I'd lean more toward a female boss for Dove though - it just kind of seems girlier, but hey, do what you like!

Holiday Sweets and Treats in Keepsake Photo Frame Box - Buy here for $21.51

How cute is this? I love that you can use the box as a picture frame after you've eaten all of the goodies! Two gifts in one for under $25!

Stash Tea Original Honey Sticks - 20 Sticks - buy here for $4.99

These would be nice to gift with some tea!

Fun Co-Worker Gifts

These are just fun/cute things that I found that might be suitable if you aren't buying for all co-workers, or if you only have a few!

This Week Pad - buy here for $3.97

At Home/At Work Perforated Pad - buy here for $5.40

Post-it Cat Figure Pop-up Note Dispenser - buy here for $5.00

Bead Stress Ball - Colors May Vary - buy here $7.99

Lost Ocean: 36 Postcards to Color and Send - buy here for $7.96

You could gift one or two of these, or you could split a pack up and give three or four to various people!

You're the Boss

These are some nicer gifts for the boss, though they aren't all that expensive!

BF Systems Genuine Rosewood Ballpoint Pen in Wood Gift Box - buy here for $6.36

Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer - buy here for $9.99

Lilly Pulitzer Tusk in Sun Navy Thermal Mug - Navy/Gold - buy here for $15.00

Cavallini 2017 Vintage Map Weekly Planner - buy here for $12.50

Toysmith Mini Zen Garden - colors may vary - buy here for $12.07

Pink Floral Deskpad - buy here for $13.99

365 Days of Amazing Trivia! Page-A-Day-Calendar 2017 - buy here for $11.53

If You're Very Close to Your Boss

Some people buy their boss a holiday gift as a gesture of niceness, but sometimes you really are close to your boss. Maybe you're even friends who talk outside work. I don't know! I thought I'd share some more "funny" gifts that you could give these bosses that would appreciate it!

I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss Women's Crew Socks (Size 5-10) - buy here for $9.27

A DVD Copy of The Boss - buy here for $12.99

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso- buy here for $9.52

Men's Black Keep Calm, I'm the BOSS socks - buy here for $11.99


It's not really a Lauren gift guide if I don't include I figured I'd make it it's own category and you can just figure out who these books work for...and after all, there is a thing called gift books for a reason!

Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from a Little Golden Book - buy here for $8.99

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe - buy here for $14.40

The Little Book of Thanks: A Gift of Joy and Appreciation from National Geographic - buy here for $9.83

You Are Doing a Freaking Great Job: And Other Reminders of Your Awesomeness - buy here for $9.95

Stuff Every Man Should Know - buy here for $8.45