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Top 10 Books To Buy For Christmas

Looking for a book to put under your tree for someone special this Christmas? Here’s my top 10 picks for you.

Twilight

Author – Stephenie Meyer

When 17 year old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town.

But in spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella.

Bella is convinced that Edward Cullen in particular hates her, but she feels a strange attraction to him, although his hostility makes her feel almost physically ill. He seems determined to push her away – until, that is, he saves her life from an out of control car.

Bella will soon discover that there is a very good reason for Edward’s coldness. He, and his family, are vampires – and he knows how dangerous it is for others to get too close.

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Little Mix – Our World

Author – Little Mix

Little Mix are the UK’s most successful girl band. They first found fame – and each other – on The X Factor in 2011. Five years later they have gone from strength to strength, achieving huge global success. With three platinum-selling albums in the UK and over 14 million record sales worldwide, the band are both adored by their fans and critically acclaimed for their brilliant music.

In this book the girls share the real behind-the-scenes story of both their personal lives and their success. They reveal the many highs – what it feels like to perform in front of thousands of people; the excitement of seeing your music soar to Number One around the world – but also the lows. Through it all the girls have had each other, and their incredibly close friendship has grown stronger and stronger as the years have gone by. Now the girls are like sisters, and in this book they share their journeys and how it feels for your dreams to come true.

Brimming with exclusive photos, this book shares with us the girls’ innermost secrets – their hopes and dreams for the future, their families, their relationships, their style advice and above all their friendship. This book is Little Mix’s story in their own words and tells you everything you need to know about their lives both in and out of the spotlight.

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The Faults In Our Stars

Author – John Green

I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.

Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis.

But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

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Cordially Invited

Author – Zoe Sugg

For as long as Zoe Sugg can remember she has loved welcoming friends & family into her home, whether it’s to celebrate someone else’s big day or just being with friends, there is nothing she enjoys more than putting her energy into making any occasion special.

In Zoe’s eyes the best thing about getting people together is there really is no right or wrong way: maybe you want to plan a throw-everything-at-it shindig, or simply make a special effort for one guest. Mostly it’s about how people feel when they’re in your company. How the smallest of gatherings can feel momentous, and the biggest of parties can feel intimate.

Over the years Zoe has shared glimpses of this side to her in her videos, with millions of viewers taking daily inspiration from her life. In Cordially Invited she shares her best and never seen before ideas in print. Divided into seasons, and woven through with Zoe’s own stories and memories, this book reveals her favourite events – big or small – throughout the year and how to celebrate them in style.

From practical ideas for how to feed your guests and hacks for unexpected get-togethers to simple but impressive DIYs and those personal touches people will remember, Cordially Invited is Zoe’s blueprint for making an event and a memory out of each day.

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The Hate U Give

Author – Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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Staying Strong

Author – Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato wakes up each morning and affirms her commitment to herself-to her health, her happiness, her being. Those commitments are the bedrock of her recovery and her work helping other young people dealing with the issues she lives with every single day.

Demi is a platinum-selling recording artist whose latest album-DEMI-is already a smash hit. She’s about to embark on her second season as a judge on X-Factor, and just launched The Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program. And she is an outspoken advocate for young people everywhere.

Demi is also a young woman finding her way in the world. She has dealt deftly with her struggles in the face of public scrutiny, and she has always relied, not just on friends and family, but daily affirmations of her self-worth and value. Affirmations that steady her days and strengthen her resolve.

Those affirmations have grown into STAYING STRONG, a powerful 365-day collection of Demi’s most powerful, honest, and hopeful insights. Each day will provide the readers with a quote, a personal reflection and a goal.

These are Demi’s words. Words she lives by and shares with the people she loves and total strangers alike. They are a powerful testament to a young woman standing up and fighting back.

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Girlboss

Author – Sophia Amoruso

In the space of ten years, Sophia Amoruso has gone from high-school dropout to founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.

Sophia’s never been a typical executive, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success.

Filled with brazen wake-up calls, cunning and frank observations, and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that success doesn’t come from where you went to college or how popular you were in school. Success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.

Inspiring, motivating and empowering, #GIRLBOSS will give you the kick up the ass you need to reach your potential.

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The Shining

Author – Stephen King

Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny’s visions grow out of control.

As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217 and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel – and that, too, is beginning to shine . . .

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Becoming

Author – Michelle Obama

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America – the first African-American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it – in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations – and whose story inspires us to do the same.

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Gone Girl

Author – Gillian Flynn

Who are you?
What have we done to each other?

These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

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45 Comments

  • Brian

    Thanks for sharing these top 10 books to buy for Christmas I know someone who is a big Stephen King fan and so The Shining would be the perfect gift for them. I also know a few who have seen Twilight, but never read the book so that will be another great gift for them. Are any of these top 10 books one of your favorites?

  • BEazzy Shifts

    Hi there. Thank you for sharing these awesome books for the Christmas. The Christmas is an awesome season where families come together to be bound in love celebrating the Christ 🙂

    These books will go a long way Making the experience better. Among all these books, I have only had an opportunity with Twilight. Keep finding good books for us.

  • Dale

    In the world of reading so many people are not reading traditional books any more.  Everyone is reading of e readers or their phones or computers.

    Well there is one person I know who still reads traditional books and reads many books a month.  That is my niece(god daughter).  I’ve been snooping around to see whats out there for her so its nice to find a site like yours.

    I think I am going to introduce her to some Stephen King as he is my ultimate all time favorite author.

    Thanks for taking the time to remind that people still read books.

  • Nathalie

    Hey Jayde,

    You are really talented at writing book reviews! They really make me want to read more about each book… except the Shining… I saw the movie many years ago and would be too scared to read the book! Hahaha!! 

    The variety of your recommendations is quite astounding! I’m curious… which one is your favourite? Or is it a book that did not make this list?

    Nathalie 

  • Loes

    Thank you for this top 10 list of books I can purchase for Christmas. Two of my daughters are very fond of the Twilight series. I always loved Michelle Obama, and I would love to read her memoires about balancing the demands she faced as the wife of, her career and her motherhood. That must have been challenging for her. #Girlboss would be my second choice. Great reviews!

    Loes

  • Henry

    Hi! I love reading! And I also have plenty of special people in my life that do so too! Finding the correct book to give is important for me.

    After reading all this list I would personally prefer “Becoming” if I were to receive a book as a gift. But I also know that giving is all about the person who will receive. Your brief description of each book will help me to match personality with the proper book! Thank you very much for this post!

  • Pet

    Thank you for sharing these book tips! I have read 3 of the books on your list and currently I am listening to the audio version of Michelle Obamas book Becoming. I think we have the same taste in books so I will definitely save these tips and put on my wish list for Christmas!

    Love,

    Pet

  • Emmanuel Buysse

    Great post and good info.

    It is indeed almost Christmas and sometimes it is hard to find a good gift.

    Now a book is mostly good, but depends for who.

    My mother in law loves to read and I know she is a fan of the Twilight movies, so I will check out the book.

    Thanks for sharing it!

  • Brenda

    Wonderful idea. These days people spend a lot of time reading from their smart phones,tablets, kindle you name it. I am guilty of that too. It’s nice that you wrote this article, a reminder that hard copy of books are sill the best. I found interesting Becoming, Girl Boss, and The shining.

    Hopefully you’ll share more awesome books in future post. Nice job.

    Regards.

  • Chris

    What a great list! There must surely be something for everyone on here! It is always so hard to come up with present ideas so this list will come in very useful. I enjoyed reading about little mix as I remember seeing them on X factor all those years ago!

  • Fiona

    A great range of books to suit most tastes! I note that a few of these have had movie adaptations done – do you find that you enjoy watching the movie after having read the book or do you usually only read the book after you’ve seen the movie? 

    I think Becoming by Michelle Obama would be an excellent read, and will put that on my Christmas wish list! 

  • James Underwood

    I read Twilight a few years ago, and saw the movie. It is a good book for anybody who hasn’t read it yet.  I know most of the people who read it are women, but I enjoyed it as well. As with most movies based on books, you should read the book first. The movie is good, but the book is always better.

    One book that I just read and recommend is Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  I read this based on a recomendation from my daughter, and then we watched the movie together. Both were good.

    I’m going to read Becoming by Michelle Obama next.  I didn’t know she published a book. Thanks!

  • cjciganotto

    Hello Jayde,

    I love reading books and also giving away those that have been to my liking. 

    Of those that you mention I like above all those whose theme is “Personal Improvement”. 

    Also and in the last years, I am reading everything related to neurosciences, the study of our brain. 

    What would you recommend in this case?

    I await your response and Thank you!

    Claudio

  • Nate Stone

    Hi, 

    Thanks for sharing these, having read “The Hate U Give” and “The Gone Girl” and thinking them excellent reads I guess we have a similar taste in books. What I do need is an idea for my teenage nice (16). I know twilight isn’t really her thing but is there a different book on your list that you can recommend?

    Thanks

    Nathan

    • admin

      I have a few different lists on my website , best fiction, or click lit or young adult, check them lists out! Perfect for teens 🙂 

  • julienne murekatete

    Thank you for sharing with us this great review on top 10 books to buy for christmas.I am attracted by “Stay Strong”.Demi Lovato is my inspiration woman.She knows what she wants in life and the most quality i like on her is her heart of helping people.

    It is a strong point on a woman to look for solution to her problems without waiting others’ help.She knows that she is able to make things happen for that she has to stay strong.

    I want to read it again .

  • Dany

    What an excellent idea! Books for Christmas, perfect as a present and for you as well. In my opinion, Twilight is a must. I saw first the movie, and I somehow regret; usually, I read the book first and watch the film after.

    The ‘Becoming’ book by Michelle Obama seems to be a good candidate, and it has lots of good reviews. I just added on my list the ‘Girlboss’ and ‘Gone Girl.’

    Thank you for this list, waiting for more inspiring ideas.

  • mzakapon

    Thank you for sharing with us about this nice review on high ten books to shop for Christmas. My most suitable option is “Stay Strong”. Demi Lovato is also my inspiration girl. She is aware of what she needs in life and also the most quality I favor on her is her heart of serving to individuals.

    It is a robust purpose on a lady to seem for an answer to her issues while not anticipating others’ facilitate. She is aware of that she is in a position to form things happen for that she has got to keep sturdy.

  • Padedayo

    In the midst of information constipation, it is really good to read the right kinds of books that takes away your mind from the garbages in the market place. That is why I find your post helpful.

    Obama’s Becoming is a nice one.

    I read the traditional way rather than this new methods.  

    I have am a keen reader and seeing your website will help me focus my interest with nice books you recommend here. I will take some interest in Stephen King going forward.

    Thanks again

  • Tarun

    Hi Jayde,

    that is a very interesting collection of books you have recommended for Christmas. Usually you get Santa or Christian themed books in these list but I really like you added a biographies that really can inspire you. Demi and Michelle’s book are a great read and if anyone doesn’t feel inspired is dead on the inside.

    I’ve watched the movies of Fault in our Stars, Gone Girl, The Shinning and Twilight but not read the books. From these 4 i’ve heard only twilight movie was better than the book. Is this true?

  • Juliet

    Thanks Jayde, two of these books have caught my attention. The first one is “cordially Invited” and the second one is “Becoming Michelle Obama”. I can relate with cordially invited because it’s one of the things I do, inviting people over and taking care of them. Just like Michelle has done, I am currently writing the unique story of my own life. 

  • Dianne

    Hi Jayde,

    Loving this selection of top ten books for Christmas. I have selected two books from your list that I think will definitely be great reads this Christmas. 

    Cordially invited looks fantastic and would be a great book to have on the shelf at home to cover all occasions plus with DIY tips, this is great! A great gift from me to me!

    I also know someone who has mentioned they would like to read ‘The Shining’ so thanks for the reminder for a great Xmas gift this year!

    • Jayde Butcher

      thank you for checking out my list, yes Zoella is one of my favourite people and cordially invited is perfect for all year round! The shining is another good choice. 

  • los

    Hi Jayde,

    Thanks so much for this article. I really enjoyed reading it. I have been thinking about what to buy for my sister for christmas for  a while now and honestly, I had no idea until reading this. She really enjoys reading so a book would be the perfect gift. I will definitely get one of your recommendations.

    Keep up the great work.

  • Miguel

    Hi,

    These are all great reads for the Christmas Holiday Season, that’s for sure. “Gone Girl” seems like a great pick, I’ve seen the movie and it’s really quite good. 

    Might take your advice and put it under the Christmas tree as a gift to offer my mom, she’s quite the bookworm.

    Great list, thanks!

    Cheers,

    Miguel

  • Stratos K

    Christmas is a nice period for book reading and I am always on the lookout for something interesting to read in these few hours that I have free to relax. Twilight I have already read but I like everything Stephen King so I may try out The Shining as I had never read it. I heard very good things about it so hopefully I will like it.

  • Celeste

    I absolutely love these recommendations. I’m a complete bookworm and have read several of these and enjoyed them all a lot making, this convinces me that your other recommendations that I haven’t read are good! A few of these have been on my list for a while now including ‘Becoming’ and ‘Gone Girl’ so I will make sure I buy these, but I don’t think ‘The Shining’ is for me (I get scared easily). I’m reading ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine’ at the moment and would highly recommend. Thanks for an amazing article 🙂

  • Paul

    Dear Jayde,

    Thanks for the great post.

    I love to read books and your recommendations are very helpful. Also the introduction and hint you given on each book helps in my purchase decision and its very useful.

    Staying Strong seems to be a self-help book, since I am blogger and working from home I believe this book will be helpful and The Shining seems like a good thriller read. So gonna try these two.

    Also as you mentioned gonna give “The Shining” as a Christmas gift to my wife and she loves to read thriller stories.

    Wishing you great success!

    Paul

  • Joe

    Hi there, this is a really interesting post and you have included some lovely sounding books in here-

    My particular favourites are the celebrity bio/autobiographies- It’s really interesting to hear from these people who have been in the lime light, however we have not really got to understand their actual personalities- and it feels like in a book you can really get to know them without the pressure of media on them.

    • Jayde Butcher

      I agree, its a good way to hear from them themselves as the person they are rather than the person the media wants to paint them as. 

  • Christina

    What a great list of books! The only one I’ve read so far is Gone Girl (loved it!). I can’t believe I haven’t even read Twilight. Can you believe I never even saw the movies?? It’s like I live in a cave! lol

    I really love these book suggestions, and I think I’ll send it to my husband to give him a hint, hint for Christmas gifts. 🙂 I don’t know which one I want the most. Maybe Twilight just because it’s been so popular. Although, the Demi Lovato book sounds really interesting, especially given the fact that she kind of spiraled out of control again. 

    Maybe I just need this whole list! 🙂 

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