Every year, each staff member picks three titles from the Holiday Gift Guide to be their recommended books of the season. We also get two bonus, wildcard picks–we’ve each picked two titles that are not in the catalog that we think would make great gifts for you! We’ll be featuring them alongside the Gift Guide spotlights on Facebook and here, and they’ll join everything in the Gift Guide in being 15% off through the holidays! We’ll be posting all of our picks here over the course of the next few weeks, so keep an eye on the blog for the full spectrum of picks starting today!
Elliot’s Wild Cards:
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
My favorite fiction book of the year, Gideon the Ninth, has it all. If you’ve been looking for a book filled with shambling skeletons, sword fights, weird magic, space travel, snark, frienemy fireworks, and plenty of murder, this book is sure to charm you. This is, hands down, the must read sci-fi fantasy offering of the year.
Been wanting to try your hand at roleplaying? Curious about D&D Fifth Edition? Vetern player looking to hook a new group? This new boxed set really has everything you need to get a D&D group off the ground and rolling in no time at all. See what all the hype is about and slay a dragon or two this winter.
Tara’s Wild Cards:
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe
A great pick for the nerd in your life. Using drawings and short descriptions, Monroe gives simple and accurate explanations for why and how things work. He explains everything from writing sticks (pencils) to sky boats (airplanes) to the tiny bags of water you’re made of (cells). The drawings are detailed, funny, and easy to comprehend. The audience for this book ranges from 10-100 years old and makes a perfect gift for anyone who is interested in the science of how things work.
Know My Name by Chanel Miller
How a book can be both heartbreaking and uplifting is always a mystery to me. Chanel Miller spent many years known as “Emily Doe,” the victim of the infamous Stanford rape case. In her debut memoir, Miller reclaims her name and shares her story. She empowers survivors and challenges society’s views on sexual assault. A gift for anyone in your life who is in need of some inspiration from a fearless and badass woman.
You can grab any of these online by clicking on the titles above, or call the store to reserve copies! They’ll all be 15% off if you get one per visit!