LITERARY GIFT GUIDE – Updated English Version

Hi friends!

Only 7 days until Christmas Eve left, so you may say this post comes a little… late. If you’re a last minute present shopper like me, though, you’ll thank me for this post (taking credit for this only for a second because I did this with YOUR help – thanks for suggesting all those wonderful books on my instagram stories!). I’m going to get to the categories and suggestions right away and spare you the yada yada about Christmas, and books, and whatnot.

Only one thing I want to mention to make this guide a little easier to navigate: Most suggestions are the English version of the book, but many of them exist in other languages so please look them up if you don’t want to get an English book. Some however only exist in German, which is why I put them at the end of every list.

Lets start with the categories I added this year:

A Book I’d Give to…

… someone who likes being scared

  • Chase Darkness With Me – Billy Jensen
  • The Hunting Party – Lucy Foley
  • Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  • House of Glass – Susan Fletcher
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton
  • The Axeman’s Jazz – Ray Celestin
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalo
  • Truly Devious – Maureen Johnson
  • The Red Dragon – Thomas Harris

… someone who cares about what’s going on in the world

  • Factfulness – Hans Rosling
  • A Promised Land – Barack Obama
  • Educated – Tara Westover
  • Who Thought This Was A Good Idea? – Alyssa Mastromonaco

German Books

  • Akteneinsicht – Christine Clemm
  • Der Frauenatlas- Joni Seager
  • Was weiße menschen nicht über Rassismus hören wollen aber wissen sollten – Alice Hasters

… a hopeless romantic

  • One Day In December – Josie Silver
  • How to Fall in Love – Cecilia Ahern
  • Redemption – Kelly Moran (Wildflower Summer)
  • The Bookish Life of Nina Hill – Abi Waxman
  • The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren
  • Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

Authors to check out for romantic books:

  • Renée Carlino
  • Beth O’Leary

German Books:

  • Den Mund voll ungesagter Dinge – Anne Freytag
  • The Right Kind of Wrong – Jennifer Bright
  • When We Dream – Anne Pätzold

… someone who wants to support BIPOC & LGBTQIA stories and authors

  • Simon Snow – Rainbow Rowell
  • Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
  • Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams
  • Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
  • Such a Fun Age – Kiley Reid
  • One the Come Up – Angie Thomas
  • The Binding – Bridget Collins

LGBTQIA/BIPOC Authors:

  • TJ Klune
  • Mason Deaver
  • Kacel Callender

German:

  • Rowan & Ash – Christian Handel
  • 1000 Serpentinen Angst – Olivia Wenzel

… a little poet

  • Notes to Self – Stacy Morrison
  • A Poem for Every Day – Allie Esiri
  • A Love Letter from the Girls Who Feels Everything – Brittany C. Cherry & Kandi Steiner

Authors/Poets:

  • Atticus
  • Rupi Kaur
  • Louise Glück

German Poetry Books:

  • Morbider Sonette – Albrecht Haushofer

… someone who’s interested in all things Spirituality, Greek Mythology, Witchcraft etc.

  • Circe – Madeleine Miller
  • The Song of Achilles – Madeleine Miller
  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold – Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  • The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
  • Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman
  • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert

…someone who knows every book… but probably not this one!

  • A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
  • The Book of Longings – Sue Monk Kidd
  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold – Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  • Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 – Cho Nam-Joo
  • Diary of a Murderer: And Other Stories – Young-Ha Kim
  • All Involved – Ryan Gattis
  • A Place For Us – Fatima Farheen Mirza

German Books:

  • Nation Alpha – Christin Thomas
  • Am Ende der Stille – Franca Steffen
  • Kurt – Sarah Kuttner

And here’s the (translated) categories and suggestions from last year:

… a mastermind

  • Angels and Demons – Dan Brown
  • The 4 Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss
  • Dark Matter – Blake Crouch
  • The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets – Simon Singh
  • The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  • Brief Answers to Big Questions – Stephen Hawking
  • A Game Of Thrones – George R. R. Martin
  • The Chemistry of Death – Simon Beckett

… a sporting ace

  • Proteinaholic – Garth Davis
  • Power and Greed: A Short History of the World – Philippe Gigantes
  • The Blinde Side – Michael Lewis
  • Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life – William Finnegan
  • The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien (Series)
  • No Meat Athlete – Matt Frazier

German Books:

  • Generation Lahmsteiger – Justin Kraft

… a historian bookworm

  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  • Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers – Frank Trentman
  • The Why Cafe – John Strelecky

German Books:

  • Das Licht ist hier viel heller – Mareike Fallwickl
  • Alexander Humboldt und die Erfindung der Natur – Andrea Wulf

… a nature lover

  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost – Rebecca Solnit
  • Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
  • Finding Gobi – Dion Leonard
  • True Grit – Bear Grylls
  • German Books:
  • Ich bin dann mal weg – Hape Kerkeling
  • Die Sprache der Tiere – Karsten Brensing
  • The Wonderful Wild – Gesa Neitzel
  • Die geilste Lücke im Lebenslauf – Anita Vetter

… a broken hearted pal

  • E-Squared – Pam Grout
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery
  • The Princess Bride – William Goldman
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  • Praying For Your Future Husband – Robin Jones Gunn
  • Let It Snow – John Green et al
  • This Raging Light – Estelle Laure
  • November 9 – Colleen Hoover
  • Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
  • The One – John Marrs
  • A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
  • The Selection – Kiera Cass

German Books:

  • Wolkenschloss – Kerstin Gier
  • Berühre Mich. Nicht – Laura Kneidl
  • Perfectly Broken – Sarah Stankewitz
  • Die Krone der Dunkelheit – Laura Kneidl
  • Palace of Glass – C.E. Bernard
  • Again-Reihe – Mona Kasten
  • Starkes Weiches Herz – Madeleine Alizadeh

… an old, young soul

  • The Nightingale Kristin Hannah 
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce 
  • The Clifton Chronicles – Jeffrey Archer 
  • By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept – Paulo Coelho 
  • Daisy Jones and the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

German Books:

  • Der Junge muss an die frische Luft – Hape Kerkeling
  • Die Frauen vom Löwenhof – Corina Bomann
  • Tante Inge haut ab – Dora Heldt

… a happy loner

  • Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo 
  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones Of the Dead – Olga Tokarczuk
  • Whidbey Island Saga – Elizabeth George 
  • Die Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck – Mark Manson 
  • The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern 
  • Inkheart – Cornelia Funke 
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams 
  • The Other Side Of Lost – Jessi Kirby

German Books:

  • Die kleine Buchhandlung am Ufer der Themse – Frida Skybäck

… a globetrotter

  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost – Rebecca Solnit
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee
  • Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
  • Eat. Pray. Love. – Elizabeth Gilbert
  • 1000 Places to See Before You Die – Patricia Schulz

German Books:

  • Mein Leben basiert auf einer wahren Geschichte – Anne Freytag 
  • Leaving the Frame – Maria Ehrich
  • Die geilste Lücke im Lebenslauf – Anita Vetter
  • The Wonderful Wild – Gesa Neitzel 
  • Schachnovelle – Stefan Zweig 

… someone who hates books

  • Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
  • Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  • Conversations With Friends – Sally Rooney
  • Percy Jackson Series
  • The Fault In Our Stars – John Green
  • Inkheart – Cornelia Funke
  • Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
  • The Other Side Of Lost – Jessi Kirby

German Books:

  • Pinguine lieben nur einmal von Kyra Groh 
  • Verbrechen von Ferdinand von Schirach 
  • Berühre mich. Nicht. von Laura Kneidl 

I hope you found a book for everyone in your friends and family circle so we can all enjoy some time reading in 2021. Remember to support your local bookshop and stay safe wherever you are ❤


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