The best books of the holidays

Christmas books can be exciting for a number of reasons, one of which is to read what your holiday relatives have selected. But the centerpiece of any Christmas list can be a book recommended by an aunt you’ve never met or on whom you’ve never even heard.

Publishers have at their disposal lists of recommended reading for the upcoming winter, spring and summer, as well as many authors’ recommendations. For your family and friends, however, things can get a little complicated when they tell you they’ve got a book they read but never ended up reading that year, a book that was excerpted in Vanity Fair but you got bored of reading it.

Many are the nonfiction books you should own, and some are just plain delightfully fun to read. When it comes to fiction, you won’t be disappointed with this much-loved group of fiction and nonfiction. Whether you’re looking for a hardcover, paperback or audiobook, there’s something for you.

This one comes from a fan who longed to write this. If you’re looking for a physical book or ebook to wrap up that last slice of pie, or a book with a lot of colour and texture in the mood for holiday shopping, this book is perfect.

Oh, this one’s the real-life oddball story about a guy who apparently dreamed up the most awful DIY Christmas ever. Love it!

If you haven’t heard of a classic novel before, this special edition collection offers the translation into both English and Spanish and an introduction to Spanish literature.

Want a sequel to “The Lord of the Rings”? This edition has every single book from the fantasy series (don’t you wish?) because they have all kinds of interesting readers’ notes in them.

Books aren’t just good in English and Spanish — they also translate into other languages. This full edition of the books of J.K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman even includes an English translation of the original works in foreign languages.

Here’s a complete list of books that can be purchased in print or electronic formats or either via the Amazon website. These prices are current as of Nov. 26, 2018.

It’s Christmastime and the house is decked and all the lights are on, the deer are coming in for a snack, and the children are helping to light the candles on the Christmas tree. Good stuff. This boy is just being a few days early with his gift, but come to think of it, this offers a template for the perfect gift. Buy it in print from Amazon or Amazon in e-book from Amazon

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