Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Books for Booklovers

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everything I know about love learned romance novels sarah wendellEverything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell -- I know more than a few women on my list that love a good romance novel. Sarah Wendell's made an art of loving the romance novel with her popular website, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. What better gift could you give someone this winter than the reaffirmation that they need to be the heroine of their own story? That's just one of the lessons from romance novels shared in this fun little book. I bet your recipient would love it even more if you bundled it up with a couple of delightful romance novels.

wicked bugs amy stewartWicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart -- Wicked Plants, Stewart's first foray into the nature's devious side, is one of my favorite books to gift. This second book about the darker side of nature is every bit as fabulous. In the same A-Z encyclopedia format you'll find out about bookworms that devour libraries and the world's most dangerous hornet. I always knew bugs were evil and I am tempted to pair this with a DVD of the cult classic Starship Troopers.

garden of beast eric larsonIn the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Eric Larson -- I'll be the first to admit that I have a weakness for WWII-era non-fiction but let me tell you, Eric Larson writes darned good narrative non-fiction, no matter what era he's writing about. His newest book focuses on the first American ambassador to Nazi Germany and his family. There's intrigue, forbidden relationships, and more than a little bit of tension. It was one of the best books to cross my path in 2011 and I'm convinced there is at least one person on your gift list who would enjoy it.

coco chanel lisa chaneyCoco Chanel: An Intimate Life by Lisa Chaney -- Perhaps no woman drove fashion and the definition of the modern woman more in the 20th century than Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. This new biography, which draws on newly discovered personal correspondence, shines new light on this phenomenal woman. Touching on everything from her love affairs, including the one with a German soldier in WWII, this new biography shows both a darker and more vulnerable side of the famous designer and business woman. Pair it with a bottle of Chanel No. 5, of course.

Will you be giving books as gifts this holiday season? Share your recommendations in the comments!

BlogHer Book Club Host Karen Ballum also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.


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