The Book Lovers’ Holiday Gift Guide

The Book Lovers’ Holiday Gift Guide
Updated on 3 December 2014

There’s nothing better than spending quality time with a great new book during the holidays. Of course, books also make for very affordable and thoughtful gifts. And we don’t know about you, but here at Grammarly, we’re starting to feel very warm and fuzzy.

So, we’ve prepared the below lists full of staff favorites and popular categories to inspire your gift-giving efforts. For convenience, the products all link to amazon but if you have a chance to support a local bookstore we recommend this handy search tool from IndieBound.


Fiction One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez “A classic literary juggernaut. Must read for diehard Marquez fans and casual readers alike.”

1984 by George Orwell “…shows the difficulties of a partisan resistance and describes challenges that rebels face while fighting the overwhelming power of the system.”

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling “I reread the entire Harry Potter series this summer and had the most magical summer of my life. You’re never too old for Harry Potter.”

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami “The prose is much more approachable and the plot more concise than is typical for Murakami. But the lessons resonate more because of how relatable the protagonist’s struggle with loss is. A very satisfying journey.”

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury “This book is a nice reminder that every day we need to battle for our freedom of thought, and the most important thing we need to never forget is that it is the battle we fight against ourselves.”

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts “Amazing story with wonderful writing. This is one of the books you want to re-read several times :)”

Hyperion by Dan Simmons


salt. by Nayyirah Waheed “This minimalistic poetry will make your heart ache and rejoice. Waheed regularly employs natural elements for her imagery and metaphor. The messages are inspiring, and you’ll walk away from this one feeling stronger—and accomplished, the entire collection is easily readable in a day.”

Martin Eden by Jack London


Rant by Chuck Palahniuk “…has an awesomely twisted plot while still being an easy read.”


Non-fiction Maria Stuart by Stefan Zweig “Stefan Zweig is one of the best authors of biographies that I have had the chance to read. He has an amazing talent to get the reader inside the heads of his subjects.”

Yes Please by Amy Poehler “Amy Poehler’s memoir is insightful, honest, and hilarious. Plus it contains behind-the-scenes stories from one of my favorite TV shows, Parks and Recreation.”

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier “Explains the difficulties that countries face when trying to break the vicious circle of corruption and bad governance.”

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain “Fascinating dive into the world of introverts and how our society has perverted the definition of the term.”

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson “Exactly as the title suggests, this book covers a ton of ground. But the lessons are surprisingly easy to comprehend and the tone is light-hearted.”

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi “The lessons from this book have made work, play, and life in general much more pleasant. I’m debating getting copies for my family members.”

The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean


Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English by John McWhorter


On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition by Stephen King “Could be a great gift for anyone who cares about writing in general and especially for those who write regularly.”


2014 Award-Winners

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Man Booker Prize for Fiction)

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ( National Books Critics Circle Award in Fiction)

Euphoria by Lily King (Kirkus Prize for Fiction)

The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor (Pulitzer Prize for History)

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink (National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction)

Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall (Pulitzer Prize in Biography)

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo (Newbery Medal)

Locomotive by Brian Floca (Caldecott Medal)

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia (Coretta Scott King Author Award)

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (Printz Award)

Best Sellers & Other Popular Categories

  1. Children’s Books
  2. Teens & Young Adults
  3. Amazon’s Top 100
  4. Best in Cookbooks, Food & Wine
  5. Best Debuts
  6. Celebrity Picks
  7. Humor & Entertainment
  8. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  9. Nonfiction
  10. Science Fiction & Fantasy

Popular Series

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. Harry Potter
  3. The Hunger Games
  4. Fifty Shades Trilogy
  5. Oprah’s Book Club
  6. Reading Rainbow Books
  7. The Hobbit + Lord of The Rings Trilogy

E-readers (Kindles, etc.)

  1. New Kindle Voyage
  2. Kindle Paperwhite
  3. Kindle
  4. Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch
  5. Sony PRS-T1 6″ Digital E-Ink Pearl eReader

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