We all have so many different kinds of people in our lives…and it’s near impossible to find books that best suit every type of friend…BUT, I’m here to offer some help!
Outside of the usual fiction lovers or top 100 lovers, there are people out there who just want to laugh at their sadness…or read about f*cking amazing food. There are people who need advice on raising their kids and people who are just kids at heart. With this list, you’ll be able to find amazing books that you can buy for your single friend, your friend who loves to travel, your friend who secretly loves a good YA novel and even your friend who is there for you during your most embarrassing times.
The Best Books to Give to Everyone on Your List
The Single Friend
Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant, Jenni Ferrari-Adler
A collection of hilarious short stories about cooking for one, this book is a MUST even if you sometimes cook for two or five.
A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson
No one can tell a travel tale like Bill Bryson. With hilarious antidotes about hiking the Appalachian Trail, A Walk in the Woods will make you want to pack a backpack (and maybe some toenail clippers) and hit the open road.
For the SAHM
Sh*tty Mom, Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo, Mary Ann Zoellner
Written by four moms who have seen it all, this book is the ultimate parenting guide. Each chapter presents a common parenting scenario with advice on how to get through it in the easiest way possible (like, “How to Sleep Until 9 AM Every Weekend”, for example).
For the Foodie
F*UCK, that’s Delicious, Action Bronson
This ain’t no cookbook. This ain’t no memoir. This is a devotional book about the overwhelming power of delicious – no, f*cking amazing – food.
The Working Girl
#GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso
The founder, creative director and CEO of Nasty Gal fills her memoir with advice on how to get hired, stay employed, and how to take care of your own business…all while keeping true to yourself.
For Music Lovers
Your Song Changed My Life, Bob Boilen
NPR’s music guru asks dozens of artists (Jimmy Page, St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson) about the songs that inspired them.
For Film Buffs
Pictures at a Revolution, Mark Harris
A look at five films, including The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, that were made during the 1970s. Studios were taking chances and making daring, thought-provoking, original movies that had nothing to do with sequels. By some, it’s thought to have been the true golden age of Hollywood.
The DIY Enthusiast
Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, Amy Sedaris
Filled with actual great ideas for cheap ways to make gifts and decorate you rhome, Simple Times is bound to be a favorite with crafters and creative minds alike.
The YA Lover
One of Us is Lying, Karen M. McManus
It’s The Breakfast Club meets Gossip Girl. Five teens walk into detention, but only four walk out alive. A threat to release juicy gossip about classmates finds one teen belly up in a classroom.
For Those Who Love a Twist
My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult
I know it’s an old book, but I LOVED the twist at the end! When Kate is born with a horrible illness, her parents decide to give birth to Anna, a child who was medically altered to be able to be Kate’s sole blood and organ donor. But when Anna fights her family for rights to her body, things start to spiral out of control.
For the Book Lover
My Ideal Bookshelf, Jane Mount
A large assortment of writers, actors, musicians, and popular leaders in the country share what books would populate their ideal bookshelves. This book also features amazing illustrations of what those shelves might look like. A coffee table-style book that’s a must for any bibliophile!
For the Fashionista
Women in Clothes, Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton
The three women behind this book survey more than 600 women about their feelings and perspectives on fashion.
The History Buff
Grant, Ron Chernov
Often misunderstood and under-appreciated, General Ulysses S. Grant is all too often caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman…but Chernov gives readers a new view of the General, bringing to light how one simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.
For the Soon-to-Be Grown-Up
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, Kelly Williams Brown
Based on Brown’s blog, ADULTING, this book makes the scary, confusing “real world” approachable, manageable…and even conquerable.
For the Quirky One
Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse, Alida Nugent
They say misery loves company…and this book is like that weird friend you just need in your life sometimes…to help pick you up, dust you off, and give you a story so bizarre if not just to make you feel better about wearing your shirt inside out all day.
For the Visual Reader
The Lego Architect, Tom Alphin
If you’re looking for a book for someone who just loves looking at pictures, take a gander at this book of amazing Lego creations. There are even instructions on how you can build your own replicas of the models featured in the book.
For Animal Lovers
The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein
This book is about a man and his dog, narrated from the dog’s point of view. Enzo, the dog in the book, is the kind of pet that we all imagine we own…wise, genuine, loving, kind and comical.
Looking for a new book to read? Check in every Friday for a “Bee Happy” post, where I share reviews of books I’ve read or other book-themed lists.