If you’re tempted to pick out a gift for yourself this holiday season, I’ve got the list for you.
Maybe you need an enjoyable read over Christmas vacation; maybe you just need to spend an extra $8 to quality for free shipping on Amazon.
But really, this post is just an excuse to ask you: what books are you dreaming of gifting to yourself this year?
Here’s my list:
The Puffin in Bloom collection
You knew I was going to say that. It was love at first sight when I spotted Anne at my local bookstore. When I found out it was part of a small collection, I ordered them all for myself immediately. These editions are a pleasure to read and beautiful to look at.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
This book would make a terribly awkward gift, so get it for yourself. Kondo’s philosophy is that if you tidy a little every day, you’ll be tidying forever; do the job right and it will stay done. Her mantras: sort by category (not location), keep what gives you joy, storage experts are hoarders. Stay tuned for more about this book.
Station Eleven: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel
… or any other novel you’ve been dying to read but can’t get your hands on. I’ve been on the library’s waiting list for this since before it came out in September. I’m thinking about self-gifting it instead, especially because it keeps popping up on the Best of 2014 lists.
My kids almost got one of these each for St. Nicholas Day, and then I realized that I really wanted them for myself. Classics that you’ll want to read again and again, in beautiful clothbound editions that look great on the shelf. (I’ve been lusting over this box set for years.)
Brené Brown books
Self-improvement books make for uncomfortable gifting, but you need to read The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly, preferably more than once. (And I don’t say that a lot.) It doesn’t matter which you read first, but if pressed, I’d choose The Gifts of Imperfection. (Psst—She has a new book coming out in April and I can’t wait.)
The Emily series by L. M. Montgomery
I’ve been swooning over the new Sourcebooks editions of L. M. Montgomery classics, and Jacqui Oakley has finally illustrated the Emily series for this collection. If you’ve never read this fabulous but lesser-known trilogy from the author of Anne of Green Gables, add them to your reading list.
This coffee table book contains gorgeous photographs of libraries new and old, accompanied by essays from literary greats such as Ann Patchett, Barbara Kingsolver, Amy Tan, and Anne Lamott. If you’re a library lover and nobody gives you this book, you’re going to want to get it for yourself.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I loved this novel, and am happy to see it on the Best of 2014 lists. I’ll want to read it again. But I don’t have my own copy yet, and the hardback is gorgeous. Highly recommended, for reading and for displaying on your shelves.
I don’t read as much poetry as I would like, but this book is entrancing for any reader who knows even a single line of her poetry. Dickinson wrote much of her late work on scraps of envelopes, and those scribblings are reproduced exactly—for the first time ever—in this book. Gorgeous, as promised.
What books do YOU dream of self-gifting? (In other words: how would you spend an imaginary $50 gift card to your favorite bookstore?)
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