1) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Now more than ever, readers young and old should follow J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved hobbit Bilbo on his adventures in the classic book before the movie hits the big screen in December!
2) Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Divergent and Insurgent are perfect books for anyone who enjoys dysptoian, YA adventure with romantic twists. More importantly, with the final installment coming out next fall, you’ll even be set for next Christmas!
3) The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler
The Imposter Bride is a compelling new story by Giller Prize finalist Nancy Richler of a young woman searching for the mother who abandoned her. It is a fantastic novel and perfect for any mother, daughter, or reader this Christmas.
4) The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
This international best-seller has charmed readers around the world with its whimsical plot, memorable characters and and slightly-skewed intreprtation of historical events. A personal favourite of The Savvy Reader.
5) The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
6) The Power of Why by Amanda Lang
CBC Correspondent Amanda Lang explains how asking simply asking “WHY?” can change the world! Perfect for encouraging friends and family members to ask the right questions in 2013.
7) The Kind of Life It’s Been by Lloyd Robertson
Veteran news anchor Lloyd Robertson shares with readers The Kind of Life It’s Been as Canada’s lead news anchor throughout the late twentieth century (and some of Canada’s most pivotal moments!).
8) Sutton by J.R. Moehringer
A favourite this year from staff and booksellers alike, Sutton tells a fictionalized version of the life and inspiration behind America’s most successful bank robber and artist Willie Sutton. Highly recommended.
9) Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin and James Dean
‘Twas the day before Christmas and Santa was ill./In the cold winter wind he had caught a bad chill./Will Christmas be canceled? Will it come to that?/”Never!” cried Santa./”Let’s call Pete the Cat!” (Are you convinced yet?)
10) Who Could It Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Seth
Lemony Snicket returns to discuss a time before the Baudelaire orphans. This autobiographical novel is a perfect gift for those who enjoyed A Series of Unfortunate Events, or for a new generation of mischievous readers.
11) Starling by Lesley Livingston
The first novel in award-winning author Lesley Livingston’s saga is an exciting blend of mythology, romance and pulse-pounding action, and perfect for fans of YA books like Twilight or The Hunger Games.
12) The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb
The Paper Dolls is the perfect gift for any young reader. It tells the story of a string of paper dolls who embark on a fantastical adventure through the house and out into the garden. From the author of the beloved Gruffalo books.
13) Beauty by Lauren Conrad
In her newest book, Lauren Conrad reminds readers that Beauty isn’t entirely dependent on your exterior, but it doesn’t help to feel confident about your appearance. This book from the talented reality TV star, designer and author is the perfect gift for the fashionista on your list.
14) You Gotta Eat Here by John Catucci
The perfect gift for any foodies on your list, this is part guide book and part how-to: where to go for some homemade comfort food, but if the spots are too far, how to make them yourself! Delicious.
15) Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Robin Sloan’s debut novel has been called “a love letter to books,” but is also the perfect novel for a gadget-loving techy. How, you may ask? Check out these great quotes from the book and you’ll see why.
16) J.R. by Jeremy Roenick
One of the NHL’s most unspoken and controversial veterans, Jeremy Roenick is nothing but honest, explicit and hilarious in his new memoir. For more books perfect for hockey fans, check out this list.
17) One Direction: The Official Annual 2013 by One Direction
A must-have for fans of Britain’s hottest boy band! The boys share their personal stories of success and includes exclusive must-see photos and interviews!
18) The Perfect Present by Karen Swan
The name says it all- this is the perfect present for fans of fun, romantic reads.
19) Who I Am by Pete Townshend
Rockstars like Pete Townshend haven’t always been on Santa’s nicelist, but that makes interesting reads. Who I Am is the perfect gift for fans of The Who, or fans of music biographies in general.
20) Wheat Belly Cookbook by William Davis
Following the revolutionary diet book that reinvent the way we think about “healthy whole grains,” Wheat Belly Cookbook equips readers with healthy, wheat-free recipes.
Happy Almost Holidays, Merry Month before Christmas and Enjoy Black Friday!
The Savvy Reader team!