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Now that it’s gift giving season, we should take advantage of any opportunity to share the wonder of reading with our loved ones. Not only is reading an important skill to cultivate in our society, it also opens up our minds and can take us to new and exciting places. Here are some popular books of 2012 that make great gifts for just about anybody. We paired the books with fantastic items to make your present all the more special. Enjoy!
“A brilliant new collection of stories from one of the most acclaimed and beloved writers of our time.”
“A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.”
To go with either of these books, throw in some RIDIBUNDUS Smiley pillows. These emoticon pillows complement the stories about life and the emotions your books will evoke in their readers.
“From past to present, Lepore argues, Americans have wrestled with the idea of democracy by telling stories. In this thoughtful and provocative book, Lepore offers at once a history of origin stories and a meditation on storytelling itself.”
“Three decades in the making, one of the most ambitious and comprehensive histories of political philosophy in nearly a century.”
Make this a worldly and classy gift by adding Bronze Globe Bookends to this collection of historical books.
“Following from Jo Nesbø’s electrifying international best-sellers The Snowman and The Leopard, now comes Phantom, which plunges the brilliant, deeply troubled, now former police officer Harry Hole into a full-tilt investigation on which his own tenuous future will come to depend.”
“The Cutting Season is a rare murder mystery with heft, a historical novel that thrills, a page-turner that makes you think. Attica Locke is a dazzling writer with a conscience.” – Dolen Perkins-Valdez, New York Times bestselling author of Wench
Go all out with the mystery/thriller theme and give your loved one a Dead Book Mark. It’s a funny floppy bookmark that features Mark, who’s probably the result of his own murder mystery!
“Incomparable entertainment, with fascinating and highly original characters, challenging ideas and extrapolations, and dazzling action… sheer delight.” – Kirkus Reviews
“From the author of the bestselling Blood books, a brilliant new tale of shape-changers, mages, soothsayers,and a power-mad emperor.”
Pair these sci-fi/fantasy stories with a futuristic-looking Patio Bookend Set from Blomus. The clean, contemporary stainless steel looks great with these cool-toned covers.
“Carin Berger’s exquisite collages illuminate, from dawn to dusk, the perfect winter day.”
“This endearing story of friendship and patience is a worthy companion to Philip and Erin Stead’s last collaboration, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal.”
For the kid who loves story time, give a Teddy Bear Lamp to accompany the stories they’ll hear about Bear and his adventures.
Encouraging learning and reading is one of the greatest gifts you can give to a person. Heck, you might want to check out some of these top-selling books yourself. Either way, happy holidays and happy reading!
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