Finish Your Last Minute Holiday Shopping with Books

Are you still trying to finish your Holiday shopping?  Books are the perfect present for young and old and can easily be purchased without the hassle of the crowds.  Here is a list of books I’m giving this year, as well as, two that were on my wish list.

For the Writer:
  • Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott -- An inspirational book for any writer.

  • The Frugal Book Promoter by Carolyn Howard-Johnson --This is the perfect gift for someone out there marketing their book or still writing it! 

  • Writing It Right!  by Sandy Asher -- This book is a must for any writer in the middle of the revision process.


For the Adult Reader:

For the Tweens:
  • The Smell of Old Lady Perfume by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez --- Combing the struggles of coming of age, with loss and cultural assimilation the author provides a engaging story that will connect with all readers. Martinez’s lyrical writing makes this story a great read for tweens and their families.

For the Younger Child:
  • A Troop is a Group of Monkeys by Julie Foster Hedlund.  This book app is fun and educational. Children will learn the collective nouns for a group of animals, and if you are like me….you will learn the names of a few groups too!

  •  Seeds of Change, Planting a Path to Peace by Jen Cullerton Johnson -- Through her poetic text Johnson weaves the story of Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari MaathaiThe batik style illustrations combined with Johnson’s powerful story make this a wonderful gift for any child.

I love giving books…getting books…and sharing some of my favorites.  What some of your favorite books to give?

Mary Jo Guglielmo is writer and intuitive life life coach. For more information check out   or folllow her at:  


Anne Duguid Knol said...

Delighted to see some of my favorites on your list, Mary Jo. I've given an odd mixture of books this year--The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, being one of my most loved from last year, golf anecdotes and the Gardeners' Journal from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Sublime Planet will go well with that.

Mary Jo Guglielmo said...

I'll have to check out the Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Thanks Annie.

Karen Cioffi said...

Mary Jo, great list of books you're giving as gifts. Some of my favorites are on the list also. I hadn't heard of the kids' ones. Thanks for sharing.

Linda Wilson said...

Hi Annie, you have included some of my favorite books, too. A book that I read early last year that has been very helpful is "Story Engineering," by Larry Brooks. Larry offers a lot of helpful info on his website, too. Happy New Year!

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