Gifts for the Book Lover in Your Life: Week 3


Today is Christmas Eve. You still have that 1 book lover in your life that you haven’t gotten the great gift for. Today, Today, Today- I have 3 women’s fiction books that are sure to please. Or make laugh. Or even start a discussion.


3 women’s fiction books, 1 that could be considered more of a chick lt- but 3 books- that I read and enjoyed for various reasons during the 2013 year. Hopefully, you won’t need the recommendations! Here is Week 1 and Week 2 as well (just in case!)


Women’s Fiction:


The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman


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I LOVED this book. Loved it. Cried and laughed- and related. Here is my review!


Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

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This book has many LOL moments. Mostly funny, sometimes over-the-top, even a nugget or 2 of life wisdom. This book is not a thinker book- it’s just a fun book- a way to laugh and enjoy a story. Here is my review!


The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

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The question: “Would you or Wouldn’t you?” haunted book clubs. Highly discussable. Here is my review.




What book would YOU buy for a friend?




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Look! One of my posts was most clicked at the Linky Love Party hosted by Love At First Book!


So you know how I rave about some Love at First Book– she’s a mover and shaker in the bloggy world! And you know a few weeks ago she started showing linky love to everyone by hosting these Spread The Love Linky parties?!  And she showcases the links that got the most clicks………


Well……….. it happened. Drum roll, please. Cue the saxophone music. The drums, the cymbals, the glitter, the sequins, the over the top excited-ness!


One of my links was the most clicked on links!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Specifically, it was the link: Gift Ideas for the Book Lover In Your Life!


Excited! So happy! Yippeeee! Throwing glitter and sparkles everywhere while dancing a jig!


Thank you to each and everyone who clicked the link, who checked out my Gift Ideas for the Book Lover in Your Life!


Excuse my Sally Field moment “You LIKE me! You really LIKE me!”



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Gift Ideas for the Book Lover In Your Life

The holidays are fast approaching.  I’ve got visions of a white Christmas dancing in my head (even though that is not santalikely), craving cups of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and marshmallows while listening to Christmas music and decorating the tree.

Before the stockings are hung by the tree with care, before the cookies are left out for Santa, before the joyous rush of family members hanging out at the house, before I celebrate another successful holiday by enjoying a glass or 2 of wine- presents will have to be purchased. And this is where my list of book-ish delights comes in handy. Have a reader in your life? Perhaps you’ll find a book that you will like to buy!

Mystery and Suspense

The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillipi Ryan

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My first Hank Phillipi Ryan book- and I’m so glad I read it! As a fan of Sue Grafton (and seriously Sue- nothing but love for you- but I NEED you to write faster- yet I dread as we come closer to the end of the alphabet.) That little side topic is my way of saying that Hank helped me in quest for a Sue fix. Jane Ryland won’t knock Kinsey Millhone out of my heart for the #1 spot- but Jane is almost as good. And that’s saying a lot. The Wrong Girl was twisty and turny- with a great mystery and some potential steamy romance. Here is my review of The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan- an excellent consideration for someone looking for mystery and suspense!

Never Tell by Alafair Burke

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This was my first Alafair Burke- and after reading it- I’m all “Alafair-where have you been all my reading life?” Each time I thought I had the story figured out- Alafair zigged. Then she zagged. Then she twisted and turned. And kept me captivated.  Highly recommend Never Tell by Alafair Burke! Here is my review of Never Tell.

W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

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As witnessed above, I LOVE Sue Grafton. I LOVE Kinsey (Sue’s Character). If you have enjoyed A-V- then W is another great book.  Seriously. Just go get it. W is for Wasted is worth it.

If You Were Here by Alafair Burke

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Another Alafair Burke book- and again- twist, turns, zig and zags! While I prefer Alafair’s Ellie Hatcher a bit more to McKenna- that’s just a personal preference. Both mysteries are top-notch and great reads! Put If You Were Here on your wish list! Here is my review of If You Were Here- intriguing and enjoyable.

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

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Oh. My. Gosh. I LOVED this book. Edge of my seat. Great storyline. How well do you know your child? Read this and prepare to wonder. This book will lead to a wonderful discussion amongst friends and book clubs. Reconstructing Amelia may very well be this year’s Gone Girl.  Here is my review of Reconstructing Amelia.

Cozy Mystery

I adore Cozy Mysteries. They are quick, fun and easy reads. They make me feel warm and fuzzy. The characters are fun and interesting. The settings are enjoyable- and the mystery is good.

Murder of a Stacked Librarian by Denise Swanson

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Denise Swanson’s latest has Skye getting married- if the groom can get away from the police station long enough to exchange vows! If you’ve read Denise’s other books- you’ll enjoy this one. If not, start with Murder of a Small Town Honey. While each story stands on it’s own- there are some things that build along the series of the books- and to fully enjoy, you might want to be invested in the characters. Murder of a Small Town Librarian is a must have for cozy mystery fans! Here is my review of Murder of a Small Town Librarian.

Topped Chef (Key West Food Critic Mystery #3) by Lucy Burdette

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I have fallen in love with Lucy Burdette’s main character, Hayley Snow. Cute, fun, gets her tarot cards read- how adorable she is! She’s a foodie- but not pretentious. Hayley is struggling a bit in the romance department (but aren’t we all?!) Topped Chef is a book to put on your list! Here is my review of Topped Chef.

Women’s Fiction

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski

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Magical- realism. If you were like me- and those words kind of make you feel nervous about a book- put aside your worries. The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow is wonderful. The story, the setting- the amazing Bonaventure Arrow. Forgiveness and love are major themes of this story. Read. You won’t be sorry. The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow is a book that some readers might overlook- don’t do that! Here is my review of The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow.

The Guest House by Erika Marks

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Love. Secrets. Family drama. Being true to yourself. The Guest House is a book that you must read. Here is my review of The Guest House.

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

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Love. Intrigue. Friendships. Family secrets. And a Aunt Julie that provides a humorous aspect to the story. This story is fantastic. A Hundred Summers is a book to read- no matter the time of the year. Here is my review of A Hundred Summers.

I’ll be posting a few more recommendations next week as well! Hopefully, you, my darling readers of Traveling With T, will find a book to buy for your book-ish friends and loved ones!

Looking for Ideas for the Book Lover?

Book lovers love books. With so many types of books, though, it’s sometimes hard to pick out the best book to give. She Reads is feeling the book buyers pain and has so kindly made a list of books that will make great gifts. With an array of topics, genres, and more- finding a book for the book lover in your life may just be a tad bit easier this year!

She Reads Gift Ideas for the Book Lover in your life– read to see what made the list!

If you are a book lover, what book would you love to see when you unwrap a gift? Is every book a goof gift- or are there some that you never would want to see given?