The 2016 Holiday Book Gift Guide

I am THE book-giver around the holidays. It’s tradition and my family and friends have come to expect it. While there’s usually an accompanying gift or two, you can bet your last dollar that a book is somewhere in the mix.


Books really are the perfect gift. Whether it’s to laugh, cry, learn something new or just to pass the time, everyone needs a few books in their arsenal. Let’s not kid ourselves, if you forgot a gift for someone, a book can get you out of a bind in a hurry. There is sure to be a bookstore somewhere in your neighborhood and Amazon can get you a book in one day; same day delivery if you’re really lucky. 🙂

Even if you don’t read but one book a year, one or two nice coffee table additions are needed in your home. Trust me on this.

As I’m double checking my list I thought I’d help out those who may be struggling with gift ideas.

This list has a little bit for everyone, here’s the 2016 Holiday Book Gift Guide:

For the dreamer, you can never go wrong with the classic book by Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist.

Need a little humor in your life while getting a dose of reality, read Luvvie Ajayi’s I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual.

Want to read a memoir from your favorite celebrity? Taraji P. Henson’s Around The Way Girl.

For the romance novel enthusiasts, Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins has the perfect mix of history and romance.

Know a career changer or job seeker? Get them What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles

Personal branding is very important, for both the entrepreneur and entrepreneurial at heart; pick up The Personal Touch by Terrie Williams.

Every now and then, we need a pick me up. I keep a few books of quotes around for that purpose. It always seems  Impossible until it’s done by Kathryn and Ross Petras is one of my favorites.

Twentysomethings need a guide, and The Girl’s Guide by Melissa Kirsch comes in clutch.

A cookbook or two never hurt anyone. I know I certainly need one! Pick up Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes by Gina Homolka or Ayesha Curry’s The Seasoned Life.

For the non-reader, pick up The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy. It makes for a nice conversation starter and coffee table read.

Last but certainly not least, while it’s not a reading book, everyone simply must have this Hu$tle Manifesto by my virtual mentor, Myleik Teele. Do yourself a favor and purchase it now before they’re all gone!

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