It’s that time of the year.

As Black Friday looms closely in front of us, we begin thinking of possible gifts for people on our lists.  Books can be a great idea, not just because reading is fun, but because everyone has their own personal “comfort” image around a good book.  Mine is settling in front of a crackling fire…wool socks, comfy clothes, hot tea, a dog or two at my feet…and a really great story!

But, matching up a good book with a specific person on your list can be challenging!

Here’s a list of some of my favorites in no particular order.  I made a list of people and then the first book that popped into my head, I went with.  However, there are SO MANY OPTIONS, I know I’m going to list these and then think of others, and others and others…..

  1. For the time travel or alternative history enthusiast:   11/22/63: A Novel
  2. For any university employee:  Straight Man: A Novel
  3. For anyone interested in surviving crazy family dynamics: Why Do I Love These People
  4. For the critical thinker wanting a spiritual adventure:  Ishmael:A Novel
  5. For anyone who loves life changing books!  Dan Millman: Way of the Peaceful Warrior : A Book That Changes Lives (Paperback – Anniv. Ed.); 2000 Edition
  6. The book I played hooky to finish!  The Paying Guests
  7. For those who love deep character development and great writing:  The Bone Clocks: A Novel
  8. For anyone who has served or know someone who has:  Redeployment
  9. For the great leaders on your list:  Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  10. For all college kids:  The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
  11. For those trying to identify a purpose in life:  Man’s Search for Meaning
  12. For anyone looking for a different way to understand themselves and others:  The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too)
  13. For anyone wanting validation that humans are…fundamentally irrational (or any economist):  Thinking, Fast and Slow
  14. For the intercultural enthusiast who would enjoy a modern story of immigration, race and love:   Americanah
  15. The book that everyone tells me I should read: Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel

Reading is good for the brain, good for the soul and good for our future.  When you “gift” a book, you invite that person into an experience of self-care and relaxation.  And what a wonderful gift to offer this Holiday season!

As always, you can reach Coach Andrea at andrea@livealive.works.