Gift ideas for readers

If you have a booklover or writer in your family, consider a lap desk or journal.

Author Julie Berry, who also owns Author’s Note bookstore in Medina, says there is a lot of interest in premium journals, include Moleskine, Leuchturm, and Karst.

“Karst is especially interesting,” Berry said. “The paper is made from 100 percent recycled stone, without the use of any trees, nor even water. I thought paper made from stone would be coarse and gritty, but it’s actually the most luscious, velvety paper texture you can imagine. It’s also tear-resistant and practically waterproof, so your journals, sketches, recipes, and doodles will stand the test of time.”

Other gift options include puzzles, wipe-and-reuse activity books, sticker books – “The Antiquarian Sticker Book: Bibliophilia” with 1,000 beautiful, odd, and inspiring stickers from the past is particularly popular – and mushrooms and fungi are trending.

If you’re looking for books, here are some ideas:

Books for People Who Just Love Books

n “Why We Read” by Ellen Surrey, an adorable coffee table book with great literary quotes.

n “Bibliophile” and “Bibliophile: Diverse Spines” by Jane Mount are beautifully illustrated books about books, authors, and bookstores.

n New music and cultural biographies are hot ticket items right now, including: “The Storyteller” by Dave Grohl, “The Boys” by Ron and Clint Howard, “All In” by Billie Jean King, and “The Lyrics” by Paul McCartney.

Wonderful Nonfiction

n “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer, an indigenous scientist who shows how other living beings offer gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices.

n “Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora” by Saraciea J Fennell is an anthology of stories that explore different myths and stereotypes about the Latinx diaspora.

Adult Fiction

n “The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles.

n “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by T.J. Klune.

n “Cloud Cuckooland” by Anthony Doerr.

n “The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina” by Zoraida Córdova.

n “The Sentence” by Louise Erdrich.


n “The Madness of Crowds” by Louise Penny.

n “My Heart is a Chainsaw” by Stephen Graham Jones.

n “Clark and Division” by Naomi Hirahara.

n “Murder at Mallowan Hall” by Colleen Cambridge.

n “An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed” by Helene Tursten.


n “A Yuletide Kiss” by Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries, and Mary Jo Putney.

n “A Lot Like Adiós” by Alexis Daria.

n “How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days,” by K.M. Jackson.


n The Dune series by Frank Herbert has been re-released.

n “The Once and Future Witches” by Alix E. Harrow.

n “She Who Became the Sun” by Shelley Parker-Chan.

For middle grade readers

Popular series

n “Big Shot: Diary of a Wimpy Kid -16” by Jeff Kinney.

n “Daughter of the Deep” by Rick Riordan, the latest middle grade for fans of Percy Jackson.

n “The Wings of Fire series” by Tui Sutherland.

n “Ice Chips series” by Roy and Kerry MacGregor.

n “Zoey and Sassafras” (early chapter book series) by Asia Citro and Marion Lindsay.


n “The Other Side of Luck” by Ginger Johnson.

n “Twins” by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright.

n “Hooky” by Miriam Bonastre Tur.

n “Pax” by Sarah Pennypacker.

n “Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna” by Alda P. Dobbs.

Picture Books

n “The Smart Cookie” by Jory John and Pete Oswald.

n “Itty Bitty Kitty Corn” by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham.

n “Cat Problems” by Jory John and Lane Smith.Q

n “Grumpy Monkey” by Suzanne and Max Lang.A

n “Monsters Eat Whiny Children” by Bruce Eric Caplan.

n “King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin” by Stephen Costanza.

n “Change Sings” by Amanda Gorman.

Young Adult

n “All of Us Villains” by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman.

n “The Last Legacy” by Adrienne Young.

n “The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black.

n “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” by Holly Jackson.

n “Concrete Rose,” by Angie Thomas.

n “The Librarian of Auschwitz” by Antonio Iturbe.

n “Skin of the Sea” by Natasha Bowen.

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