This holiday season we’re embracing all things cozy — from the books we plan to read by the fireplace to the recipes that comfort us as we hibernate all winter long. We’re taking some time to celebrate moments of peace and reflection — and that’s why we’re headed Homebody for the Holidays.
Trying to figure out what to gift your most bookish friend? We enlisted a few of our own to help recommend the books they’re excited to put a bow on this holiday season:
“I like to gift people books that they wouldn’t pick up for themselves, and science fiction is a genre that most avoid. So gifting Recursion — one of the best science fiction books I’ve ever read — is a no-brainer. This book is a twisting, time-bending adventure with plot reveals I didn’t see coming, and one that all my loved ones will get sucked into.” - Hitha Palepu (@hithapalepu)
“I’m gifting The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory. This time of year, and pretty much this whole year, I just want to read books that feel like eating a big piece of pie with lots of whipped cream. This is a really smart, witty version of a big-piece-of-pie book.” - Mari Andrew (@bymariandrew)
Know My Name by Chanel Miller
“This has been the BEST book I read all year. I’m giving it to everyone this holiday season. While it’s a little bit of a tougher book to read at times, Chanel Miller’s eloquent memoir couldn’t be more important or relevant for this day and age.” - Carly Heitlinger (@carly)
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“This is one of the cutest books I’ve ever read and I’m excited to re-read it this month (it’s our Bad on Paper podcast book pick!). Imagine locking eyes with a stranger on the bus — having that instant love at first site sort of feeling… only to have your best friend introduce him as her boyfriend. This is a heartwarming (yet realistic) look at friendship, love, and loss. It’s a perfect holiday read!” - Grace Atwood (@graceatwood)
“I’m gifting Dominicana by Angie Cruz because it’s a page-turner (you won’t want to put it down!) that is a vital depiction of what it’s like for immigrants to live in America. Through Angie Cruz’s writing, you feel like each character is a close friend that you’ll miss after you’ve finished the book. This book will literally have you hungry for more of Ana’s story and also some delicious Dominican food!” - Lupita Aquino (@lupita.reads)
Good Talk by Mira Jacob
“I’m also excited to gift Good Talk by Mira Jacob because the holidays are a wonderful time of the year but they are also a time when difficult topics of conversation tend to come up at family gatherings. This book fearlessly tackles those conversations and much more while also reminding us that we are not alone. It will make you laugh, cry, shout “SAME,” and want to hug it a million times. It’s truly the best book to give because of the big punch of feels it leaves the reader with.” - Lupita Aquino (@lupita.reads)
“David Sedaris makes me laugh out loud, even if I’m in public, even if other people around, even if I really shouldn’t be laughing. He’s just so clever and I love introducing people to his writing. Also, I highly recommend listening to his reading of his essay “Santaland Diaries” at some point this holiday season – it’s my favorite.” - Ali Labelle (@alilabelle)
Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton
“If you’re a person with a beating heart, you’ll love this book. Dolly’s reflections on dating, work, and family are so funny and so earnest, but how it all adds up to an ode to female friendship is what really makes this a favorite of mine. It’s the perfect gift for a friend who needs a laugh and who is maybe needs a reminder that we’re all in this together.” - Ali Labelle (@alilabelle)
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This piece is presented in partnership with Book of the Month.