Both my little girl and I are feeling much better today. This morning we went to visit a friend of mine who has a daughter about the same age as mine. It’s fun to watch them communicate, play together and fight over toys. I hope that they can grow up together and be friends when they’re older. Then they would be able to say that they have known each other since they were born and it would be the truth.
For today’s blog, I was thinking on putting together a bookish gift guide. Gifts for people who like books.
Maybe you have a friend who’s a complete book addict but you’re not too sure what to give them. A book would be nice, but you have no idea which one he/she would like. You’re scared you’ll give them that one book they won’t like, or one they already own. And gift certificates are too easy for you.. Well, I’m here to help.
I’ve done a little research to compile a list of the best books of 2014.
First there are the award winners:
1) The Man Booker Prize
Winner: The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.
Other titles on the shortlist: How to be both – Ali Smith, J – Howard Jacobson, The lives of others – Neel Mukherjee, To rise against a decent hour – Joshua Ferris, We are all completely beside ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
More information: Booker Prize website
2) Nobel Prize in Literature
Patrick Modiano was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for the art of memory with with he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation”.
He is French but some of his work has been translated to English. You can find a list of translated titles here.
Then there are the many articles on the best books of 2014
Since the end of the year is near, many newspapers and other culture sources are publishing lists of what they think are the best books of 2014. You can find some on the website of The Telegraph, Time, The Guardian and of course Goodreads
If you don’t want to give them a book, but something fun and bookish, I can offer you these suggestions.
1) A reading light
I own this one from That Company Called If, I bought it at the bookshop where I used to work. They are really handy and it’s the perfect gift for people who like to read late at night.
2) A cool mug
Because coffee or tea and books just go together perfectly. These ones are by Blossom Books, a Dutch company, but if you’re not from around here I’m sure you can find other cool mugs where you live.
3) A bookish bag
Think of the environment, save some plastic bags and use this one instead. There are so many different ones and I think they are so funny. I have the ‘I like big books and I cannot lie’ one but it’s dirty because I use it all the time and I should give it a wash. These are once again by Blossom Books but I’m sure you can find them anywhere.
4) Other cool stuff
There are so many great gifts for book lovers. If your friend likes Harry Potter, you can find a T-shirt in Primark for just £ 8.
There are phone cases and jewelry or even a simple bookmark. I think us book addicts are the easiest people to shop for.
And if you really have no idea, don’t hesitate to ask us, I’d be happy to make you a list of all the books I still want to read/own.
Because that’s the thing, we can never have too many books…