Episode 41 – Holiday Book Buying Guide

The holidays are here! Let Ann and Halle help you pick the perfect book for everyone in your life. We’ll end with what we’re reading this week.

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Books and other media mentioned in this episode:

Books for your mom:
Ann: Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden by Emily Whaley
Halle: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Kate Morton books

Books for your dad:
Ann: I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson books
Halle: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
– I Am Pilgrim (film in development)

Books for teens:
Ann: The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Looking Glass Wars series by Frank Beddor
Halle: March Books 1-3 by John Lewis
National Book Award
John Lewis acceptance speech for National Book Award

Books for kids:
Ann: The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
Halle: El Deafo by Cece Bell
Episode 39 – Retellings

Books for non-readers (who you think should become readers):
Ann: Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Halle: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Episode 2 – What to Read After The Girl on the Train
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Books for a significant female in your life:
Ann: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
The Mindy Project (TV)
The Office (TV)
Halle: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
Episode 28 – Our All-Time Favorites
– The Rumpus (website)

Books for a significant male in your life:
Ann: Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Shutter Island (film)
Halle: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Books for your Harry Potter-obsessed friend:
Ann: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Halle: Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Books for your friend who loves books:
Ann: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde
Halle: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Episode 30 – Books about Libraries and Librarians

Books for animal lovers:
Ann: Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt
Andy Carpenter series by David Rosenfelt
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan
Halle: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Chet and Bernie series by Spencer Quinn
Does the Dog Die (website)

Books for outdoorsy people:
Ann: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Halle: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Books for food lovers:
Ann: A Tale of 12 Kitchens: Family Cooking in Four Countries by Jake Tilson
Halle: A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
Orangette (blog)

Books for sports fans:
Ann: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander books
Kwame Alexander reading from The Crossover
Newbery Medal
Halle: Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger
Friday Night Lights (TV)
Friday Night Lights (film)

Books for gossip magazine fans:
Ann: The Heiresses by Sara Shepard
Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard
Pretty Little Liars (TV)
Halle: A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean
Scandal & Scoundrel series by Sarah MacLean

Swiss Army Knife book (good for anyone):
Book Riot (website)
Ann: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
Audie Awards
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Lauren Hillenbrand
Halle: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Fredrik Backman books

What We’re Reading This Week:

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