21 Beautiful Books to Gift 2021 Christmas – Selected by Joelbooks
Christmas is coming and thanks to the supply chain issues this year's gifts could be in danger, so we need to think a little bit ahead to secure the gifts to our loved ones. We tried to help a little bit, by digging up the some beautiful books to give as gifts.
We tried to select books from as many genres as possible, for both young and older readers, for romance and historical fiction lovers and even some quality non-fiction books for serious readers. Here are some engaging titles for small ones and of course for real bookworms.
How to Catch a Mermaid, by Adam Wallace (2018)
For Children (Engaging Children's Picture Book)
How to Catch a Mermaid is a fun and interactive children's story that will have kids laughing and learning with each turn of the page. This story teaches kids about the importance of being creative and how to be a good friend. I would recommend this book to any parent looking for an entertaining book for their child.
Little Tim and the Magic Apples, by Hillie Jeffery (2021)
For Early Readers (Lovely Children's Picture Book)
This book is ideal for children to learn about the power of friendship. It's also great for children to learn about sharing, kindness, and other positive attributes. This book is filled with rhyming words which makes it easy to read aloud to children. This book does an excellent job of explaining these positive concepts to children in a way that is easy to understand.
The Fourteenth Goldfish, by Jennifer L. Holm (2014)
For Middle Grade Readers (Children's Family Fiction)
Ellie is your average teen trying to survive middle school. All of her friends seem too absorbed in finding like-minded crowds to hang out with, while she tries her best to fit in on her own. She's not sure what she likes or who she wants to be when she grows up but every day is more challenging than the last. Despite the opportunities, Ellie would rather enjoy her normal childhood activities like watching TV or playing video games instead of helping him create his latest invention. As time goes on however, Ellie doesn't know whether she should continue neglecting Grandpa Melvin's presence in her life or take more interest in helping him invent things that will positively affect her own life. She just hopes that none of his experiments go too wrong because they may've gone so far this time.
The Fourteenth Goldfish is a book that is appropriate for both young adults and middle grade readers. The story is sad, funny, happy, and just a bit weird. It is a great book for middle grade readers because it shows that even though you might be a kid you can still have a lot to worry about, but you can also have a lot of fun.
Legend of the Star Runner, by J. I. Wagner (2018)
For Middle Grade Readers (Children's Mystery Fiction)
This mystery book includes up to 30 mysteries, that could be solved by the reader. The story is exciting, like a cross between Indiana Jones and The Goonies. In addition to being a captivating adventure for kids, it also has tons of fun puzzles featuring strange underground characters. You can read one chapter a day but based on our experiences you will read over 10 chapters in a row! The variety of artwork and the pictures that follow every chapter combine nicely with the easy to read sentence structure and vocabulary at a level that turned out very appropriate for a 8-year old boy.
The Scholomance Series Book 1 & 2, by Naomi Novik (2020, 2021)
For Teen & Young Adult Fantasy Lovers (Fantasy fiction)
The story takes place in an alternate version of our world, but one that includes many magical creatures, including dragons. The main character, Lady Danila, is the daughter of the leader of her country’s biggest enemy. Because of this, her life is in danger. Lady Danila is sent to the Scholomance, a school for young women where they learn to be a Dragon Lord. The Scholomance has a reputation of being a brutal school where the girls are abused and tortured. Can Lady Danila survive?
He Who Fights with Monsters, Shirtaloon (2021)
For LitRPG Lovers (Fantasy adventure)
Discover a world of magic and monsters, where the weak-to-strong progression system allows you to grow into a powerful wizard without overshadowing everyone around you. Learn to improve your skills as a mage while also gaining suspiciously evil powers that let you bend reality to your will. Fight alongside companions with their own unique abilities as they journey across a continent filled with humor, political intrigue, and slice-of-life scenes.
The Gilded Cage (The Prison Healer Series Book 2), by Lynette Noni (2021)
For YA & New Adult Fantasy Lovers (Fantasy fiction)
The Gilded Cage is a dark, high fantasy story of a young woman, Kiva Meridan. She's a survivor – not only has she survived the Zalindov Prison and Trial by Ordeal, but she has been able to escape from the prison as well. To her it seems that her purpose now is clear. She needs to find her family and then destroy the people responsible for ruining their lives. However, after having escaped from not just one but two prisons, there comes a time when being so close to freedom puts you in more danger than ever. This is one of the best book for Christmas gifts in 2021, if you are a young adult reader.
A Day Like This, by Kelley McNeil (2021)
For the lovers of Emotions and Rural Sets (Women's Fiction)
Annie Beyers has everything―a beautiful house, a loving husband, and an adorable daughter. It’s a day like any other when she takes Hannah to the pediatrician…until she wakes hours later from a car accident. When she asks for her daughter, confused doctors tell Annie that Hannah never existed. In fact, nothing after waking from the crash is the same as Annie remembers. Five happy years of her life apparently never happened.
The Keeper of Happy Endings, Barbara Davis (2021)
A Beatiful Literary Fiction (Historical WWII Fiction)
After a conflagration destroys her Parisian bridal salon, Soline Roussel is forced to rebuild her life in the United States. She soon discovers a fresh start isn’t so easy when she’s saddled with a family curse, a meddlesome ghost and the handsome—yet hauntingly familiar—son of her late husband. And then there’s the matter of Soline’s heart, which is both held captive by memories of the past and guarded against the present.
The Keeper of Happy Endings is a poignant and heartwarming story about love, loss, second chances, and the power of hope.
The Last Green Valley, Mark Sullivan (2021)
For Biographical Fiction Lovers (Historical WWII Fiction)
In this story of love and war, The Last Green Valley weaves a narrative of the devastation and violence in Ukraine during World War II. Drawing on the author’s own family history, it follows one young couple with an impossible choice: Do they risk losing everything to wait for the Russian army’s inevitable invasion? Or do they flee their homeland to escape certain death with Nazi soldiers who have pledged to protect “pure-blood” Germans?
The Last of the Moon Girls (2020)
For the Lovers of Family Life Fictions (Women's Domestic Life Fiction)
Lizzy Moon never wanted Moon Girl Farm. Eight years ago, she left the land that nine generations of gifted healers had tended, determined to distance herself from the whispers about her family’s strange legacy. But when her beloved grandmother Althea dies, Lizzy must return and face the tragedy still hanging over the farm’s withered lavender fields: the unsolved murders of two young girls, and the cruel accusations that followed Althea to her grave.
The Spanish Love Deception, by Elena Armas (2021)
For Rom-Com Lovers (Romance)
This book is a light-hearted, fun and romantic comedy about a love-hat relationship. It is also a story about two people who despite everything standing in their way of being together still manage to fall in love. Even if you are a Spanish speaker the translations won't disappoint you.
This is a hilarious read for anyone who enjoyed the book ‘The Hating Game' or is just looking for a good laugh.
The Last Flight, by Julie Clark (2021)
For the Lovers of Suspense (Heist Thriller)
A flight attendant with a troubled past, Claire Cook is living the life of her dreams—a staff of ten at her beck and call, an Upper East Side townhouse, and a perfect husband. But behind closed doors nothing is as it seems. That perfect husband has a temper that burns bright and he's not above using his staff to track Claire's every move.
The Chaos Kind, by Barry Eisler (2021)
For Crime Thriller Lovers (Revenge Thriller)
The Chaos Kind by J.M. Perkins is a non-stop thrill ride that keeps you guessing. With lots of twists and turns, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. John Rain, Livia Lone, and The Librarian are all characters that will keep you intrigued. The writing is well done and much more detailed than many books I have read lately.
I highly recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys suspense, intrigue, spy thrillers and books that are full of actions.
Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir (2021)
For the Lovers of Epic Space Stories (Science fiction)
The Earth was dying. Years of environmental damage had rendered it uninhabitable. The only hope for humanity was to find another world, one capable of sustaining life. Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.
Project Hail Mary is a science fiction novel that blends the best of page-turning military sci-fi with an epic, mind-bending mystery. I would definitely recommend this book as gift for sci-fi lovers.
Constance, by Matthew FitzSimmons (2021)
For Dystopian Fiction Lovers (Science fiction)
A great book for Christmas gift. Constance ‘Con' D’Arcy's life is in shambles. Her aunt and namesake recently died, leaving her a fortune in her will — if Con can survive long enough to claim it. Someone has killed eight other people to get their hands on the inheritance, and they’re trying to kill her too. But what really scares Con is when she finds out that she has a clone.
Beautiful Country, by Qian Julie Wang (2021)
For Memoir Lovers (Non-fiction)
This is a really good book for anyone who wants to understand the Chinese experience in America. Beautifully written story of an immigrant girl's struggles in America. It's written by a young woman who was born in China and moved to New York when she was seven years old. It's a quick read and she does a great job of describing her childhood and the struggles she faced.
The author writes with candor and vulnerability, bringing the reader into Qian's life in America. It's an honest story, and one that will inspire you to seek out your own version of the American dream.
Feeding the Soul, by Tabitha Brown
For Those Who Needs Some Soul Soup (Christian Self-help Non-fiction)
This book is for anyone who’s ever felt like they didn’t belong or that their life was lacking, and seeks to change that. Tabitha will take you on a trip through her own healing journey, sharing the simple practices she learned to heal herself from chronic illness. She will teach you how to stop chasing external approval, make peace with your body, and discover what it feels like to live authentically.
Feeding the Soul is a book that will change your life. It’s an invitation to learn how to live a life of non-judgmental kindness and love for yourself and others.
A Newborn Business: Esports, by Zoltan Andrejkovics (2020)
For Those Who Loves Gaming (YA Business Non-fiction)
Gaming and streaming isn't new, but it was never more than an hobby. Not anymore, the author introduces us to the world of gaming and streaming, he examines this world from different viewpoints. What are the most popular games? What makes a game esports compatible? What are the parts of gaming eco-system? Can you make a living from gaming?
The book includes pop economic phenomenon like the connection of AI and gaming, and also shows the recent happenings of professional gaming.
How I Built This, by Guy Raz (2020)
For Entrepreneurs (Non-fiction)
This book is the ultimate guide for aspiring entrepreneurs. It's filled with inspiring stories about how some of the world's most notable entrepreneurs built their businesses from the ground up. These are awesome stories that are both interesting and informative. It's not just a book to read, it's a tool to use to start your own business.
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know, Adam Grant (2021)
For Big Thinkers (Pop Psychology)
This book was so good I read it twice. The first time I read it I thought I had learned a lot, but realized that I had cached only the fancy stuff. The second time around I was far more aware of the author's thinking and finally managed to get the essence. This book is not about how to learn, but rather about how to unlearn, and that is the hardest lesson of all. Knowledge is easy. Knowledge is disposable. Wisdom is not. This book is about wisdom.
These are some beautiful books to gift this Christmas that we met in recent years, that could be a perfect gift to our beloved relatives. No matter what their favorite genre is, you will find the perfect fit in this list.