A book is always a good idea when it comes to a present. After all, it’s a gift everyone can enjoy, from toddlers to grandparents, BFFs to siblings, a great book not only enriches the mind, it’s also a lovely accent for any home.
This year, there were several blockbuster reads that any book lover will certainly appreciate come Christmas. Michelle Obama’s Becoming, officially the bestselling book of 2018, is a no brainer—and the fact that it’s available in several languages is also a major plus, too. Fans of Netflix’s The Crown will love 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret, a juicy and unconventional biography of one of history’s most notoriously misbehaved royals. For the ones who prefer a novel, Tayari Jones’s An American Marriage, about a husband who is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, deservedly made almost every top ten books list of the year; as did John Carreyrou’s dishy look into the fraudulent Theranos corporation, Bad Blood.
If you’re looking to gift a book plus a little something extra, Amazon’s latest Kindle is great for those who hate carrying more than one book on vacation. Or why not try getting them Byredo’s Bibliothèque candle, which will bring back memories of sitting in a library entranced. And for the true literary lovers, a yearly subscription to The New Yorker will always be a warmly received gift in any household.