With Thanksgiving on Thursday and the infamous Black Friday coming right on its heels, it’s almost time to start assembling our holiday gift lists. What’ll it be this year? New slippers for mom? Golf gloves for dad? Three dozen ping pong balls for your college-age brother? (No paddles needed.)
Or how about a thoughtful selection of books you’ve chosen specifically for them? A selection you just know would replace their iPhone during the morning commute or fly to the top of the list on their Kindles.
Since you’re reading this, I’m probably preaching to the choir. But the right book isn’t just a pile of pages with an interesting graphic on the front. The right book can give someone an unforgettable adventure, make them fall in love, introduce them to lifelong friends, or change everything they thought they knew about, well, everything.
These days, it couldn’t be easier to find the perfect story for every person on your list. You can do it from your bedroom. You can switch genres with one click. And with e-books, you can send it directly to your loved one in seconds—a last-minute shopper’s dream.
Yes, as much as I feared e-books in the beginning, I’m a convert. Why? Because I realize they don’t signal the end of reading and writing. And because each time I travel, rather than spending two hours narrowing thirty potential books down to five … and another hour rethinking my choices … and half an hour reorganizing a dangerously overweight suitcase … I can BRING THEM ALL!!
The only thing you can’t do with an e-book is put a bow on it, which can seem like a downer. But all that really means is you have to get creative!
• Give your mom a blanket so she can “cozy up” with the Debbie Macomber e-book you got her.
• Buy your aunt some new pruning shears to complement her copy of Garden Spells.
• Give your sister a stuffed toy dog with Racing in the Rain written on its collar.
• Decorate an ornament to tell your wife she now owns every title on the New York Times bestseller list.
Or, if the book is part of the Desperately Ever After series, give them a personalized, autographed postcard from the author (for FREE) to let them know about their gift. (Scroll down for details)
To get you started, here’s a list of titles I’ve bought/borrowed over the past year or so. Maybe it’ll give you some ideas:
Vintage, by Susan Gloss
Big Girl Panties, by Stephanie Evanovich
In Need of Therapy, by Tracie Banister
Conditional Love, by Cathy Bramley
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
The Tour, by Jean Grainger
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer
Why Can’t I Be You, by Allie Larkin
Desperately Ever After, by Laura Kenyon
The Returned, by Jason Mott
Very Valentine, by Adriana Trigiani
Swimming Upstream, by Ruth Mancini
The Girl Who Came Home, by Hazel Gaynor
The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker
Damsels in Distress, by Laura Kenyon
Crossing on the Paris, by Dana Gynther
Summerland, by Elin Hilderbrand
A Visit From the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan
I, Humpty, by Eric C. Wilder
Thirty-Two Going on Spinster, by Becky Monson
Hearts in Atlantis, by Stephen King
Postcard Gift Details
I have a stash of twenty postcards for anyone who wants a little extra something for their electronic gift this holiday season. The offer applies to Desperately Ever After and Damsels in Distress e-books purchased from November 25 through December 10—or until all twenty are gone, whichever comes first.
To claim yours, forward the receipt or a screenshot of the receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon (EST) Thursday, December 11, with the subject line: Holiday gift. Make sure the date and purchased e-book are clear, as well as the address to which you’d like it sent. (I’ll place it in an envelope, so no address will be written on the postcard directly.) Please also tell me a bit about the person who’ll be receiving the e-book and what you’d like the postcard (generally–I’ll choose my own words) to say.
All postcards will go out via USPS first class mail, so the offer is open to U.S. addresses only. If you’d like to discuss other options, please feel free to contact me via email.