Marie Claire - Christmas Sorted For Every Type Of Bookworm

My rundown of some of the best books to buy for your favourite bookworms...

Struggling with Christmas shopping? We've found the perfect reads for every bookworm in your life. You're welcome.

Finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your Nice List during the festive season, can be a Christmas miracle in itself. But when it comes to books there’s simply something for everyone and, what’s more, they’re the perfect shape for wrapping.


1. Your Work Wife

#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

We all have that one bestie in the office who seems to know us better than anyone. Hours spent keeping each other’s spirits up against harsh deadlines and long hours can turn into life long friendship. So this Christmas treat her to #GirlBoss, a fun and insightful look into succeeding in your career. It's written by insanely successful (and scarily young) Sophia Amoruso, who founded online retailer Nasty Gal at just 22. Amoruso has now released a book all about hard work and believing in success. Something your Work Wife turned Girl Boss can definitely get into this Christmas. 

Read more from Marie Claire on Why Sophia Amoruso's #GIRLBOSS Is The Book You Need In Your Life

2. For Fantasy Lovers Everywhere

Touch by Claire North

Claire North’s second novel, Touch, is perfect for fantasy lovers wanting to lose themselves in a new world. Just as in her previous book, The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August, North explores questions of gender and identity through difficult relationships and complicated emotions, all set to vivid backdrops of a strange parallel universe. 





3. Your Favourite Feminista

My Life On The Road by Gloria Steinem

Perfect for those in your life passionately flying the flag of second wave feminism. This book is the story of Gloria Steinem, author, journalist and US feminist activist’s, early life. A fascinating read from one of our favourite feminists. 

Read Marie Claire's interview with Gloria here.


4. The One Who’s Always Too Busy

The Penguin Book of the British Short Stories Vol I (Edited by Philip Hensher) 

Everyone’s got time to read a short story, especially with this wonderful collection of British tales, from the Penguin back catalogue. With stories from masters of fiction, like Arthur Conan Doyle and Dickens, to contemporary authors such as Zadie Smith, even the busiest bookworm can find time to snuggle up with these classics over Christmas. 

5. For Zombie Fiends

The Girl With All The Gifts by MR Carey

Got a friend or relative who’s read every zombie novel under the post apocalyptic sun? Pass them this, by M R Carey, it’s zombies but not as you’ve read them before. The Girl With All The Gifts is a book to really make you think about what the realities of a post apocalyptic life could be and what it means to be human. Seen through the eyes of a little girl this book is not only dark and haunting, but full of hope and wonder, making it the perfect Christmas read.



6. For The Style Guru

Chanel: Collections and Creations by Danièle Bott

Know a fashionista whose coffee table is always adorned with beautiful style reads? Make sure they’re not missing this vital book from their collection. Not just one to sit looking pretty on the shelf, this book by Daniele Bott perfectly defines the designs of Coco Chanel with beautiful imagery to accompany the many interesting fashion facts.




7. For Foodie Friends and Family

Get The Glow: Delicious and Easy Recipes That Will Nourish You from the Inside Out by Madeleine Shaw

2015 was the year of the Super Foodies with coconut oil in everything and ‘avo’ smothered on every Instagram feed. But amidst the trends and filters came a few practical but delicious recipe books and, none so down-to-earth yet gorgeous as Madeleine Shaw’s. This is a great book for foodies looking to make healthy eating a way of life with meal plans, handy kitchen cupboard check lists and tips on eating out. 

8 .The Showbiz Junkie

Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger

Know someone who’s always got their nose in the gossip columns? How about introducing them to the original celebrity secret stories? Hollywood Babylon, written by former child star Kenneth Anger in 1986, is a collection of Hollywood’s darkest and best kept secrets from what’s thought of as the golden era. If they can tear themselves away from Kim Kardashian’s twitter feed long enough, the Showbiz Junkie, will love this. 

9.  The One Who Can’t Sit Still

The Ladybird Book of Mindfulness by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris

Ladybird has called upon comedy writers Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris to create a series of books for adults, which as they put it, 'help make sense of the world'. This book of mindfulness is the perfect gift for those who find themselves constantly preoccupied and unable to stay in the moment. With nostalgic illustrations and hilarious insight into a very relevant topic, this little book is definitely something worth sitting still for.

10. The Thriller Lover

A Game For All The Family by Sophie Hannah 

Have a friend who’s a bit of a thrill seeker when it comes to their bookshelf? Give them this dark and twisted novel by Sophie Hannah, which is bound to keep them guessing until the final page. This is a fast paced family mystery, as dark as it is baffling, which even manages to incorporate humour into a story about murder. 




11. The Serial Dater

Confessions of a Tinderella by Rosy Edwards 

The perfect gift for your single girlfriend, whether she’s still happily swiping or has given up on the dating game. Confessions of a Tinderella as told by former Tinder addict Rosy Edwards, is a hilarious and horrifyingly relatable account of modern dating. Guaranteed to have singletons cringing and laughing in equal measure.




12. The Friend In Need Of A Good Talking To

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

From the hilarious Saturday Night Live comedian, actress and writer comes a brilliantly funny read. Yes Please is partly autobiographical, partly self-help book and completely inspirational. In a similar vein as Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind Of Girl, Yes Please is the perfect book to dip in and out of on rainy days when in need of a confidence boost. 




13. For Action Men & Women

The Martian by Andy Weir

Know a guy or girl looking for a new adventure this Christmas without the time to venture anywhere new? How about sending them to Mars? Already a hit film, The Martian is a thrilling action novel, grounded in real contemporary science with surprising twists to keep readers glued to the page. 





14. The Music Lover

Kill Your Friends by John Niven

Everyone knows someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of pop or Radio One’s back catalogue. So if you’re fed up of second-guessing which albums are missing from their collection, but want a more personal gift than just another iTunes voucher, try John Niven’s satirical look at the music industry. Recently adapted for film, this is a hard and fast story based within the cutthroat music industry. Give this book as a gift and you’re sure to have any muso singing your praises. 


15. For Nieces And Nephews Everywhere

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

The story of Father Christmas’ childhood is a sweet festive tale, suitable for children aged 8 to 88, and guaranteed to become the next Christmas classic. Written by Matt Haig, author of last years brilliant book The Humans, A Boy Called Christmas is a heart-warming look at life. 





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