Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books That Would Make Great Gifts

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Click here to read everyone else’s replies to this week’s question and here to see the full list of topics for the year.

This final topic of the year was a little tricky for me because of how many different types of books and readers are out there. Some people love romance, while others think of themselves as the world’s biggest fans of the horror, mystery, or science fiction genres (among many others). There are also readers who joyfully jump around from one genre to the next!

My answers to this prompt are an attempt to recommend books that will appeal to as many sorts of people as possible.

Close-up image of pen resting on a sudoku puzzle

Sudoku, Crossword, Word Search and Other Puzzle Books

Puzzle books are such a broad category that the right selection of them can be found for nearly age group or ability level.

Blank Books

They can be used as diaries, bullet journals, sketchbooks, places to collect favourite poems, quotes, or cheerful messages from friends, and so much more.

Some are so small they can fit into the palm of your hand, while others are large enough to use as a sketchbook.

close-up photo of a colouring book for adults with coloured pencing resting on one of its opened pagesAdult Colouring Books

Colouring isn’t only for kids!

This is a wonderful, calming activity for winter or at other times when staying at home is your best bet.

The subject matter of them varies from floral garden patterns to Lord of the Rings pictures and everything inbetween.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Christmas presents wrapped in red, green, and brown paper and tied with twineIf you enjoyed the film version of this story, definitely do check out the book.

It’s written to appeal to everyone: kids, teens, adults, and senior citizens. Not many stories can say that!

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver was one of those poets who know how to speak both to poetry fanatics as well as to those of us who generally aren’t interested in that genre.

Her work spoke about things that all humans experience, from grief to enjoying a quiet moment in nature to the relief of seeing the sun after a long, dark night.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

No one is ever too old or too young for a story filled with puns, other types of wordplay, and literary jokes in general.


On one final note, it’s been a lot of fun participating in the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge in 2020. Thank you all for reading my responses to it and writing your own!


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17 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books That Would Make Great Gifts

  1. Love ALL your suggestions. Actually bought puzzle books for my 87 y.o. mom for Christmas. I adore coloring, so … yes on those too!!

    Thanks for visiting earlier 🙂

  2. Echo Ishii

    I love collecting blank books. Some haven’t even been used yet, but I love the feel of the paper and the design and just having fresh ideas.

  3. I love blank notebooks. That’s one of the ways to my heart. 🙂

  4. Mary Morgan

    Love you list, Lydia! Especially Blank Books! A story yet to be told…

  5. Mary Oliver! YES! She may well have been Gaia incarnate.

  6. Great list! I especially love seeing Mary Oliver’s poems and The Phantom Tollbooth on here. 🙂

  7. I would have never thought of a blank book. Good idea. I passed this week, too much on my mind. Have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

  8. Ah yes, I can always use a blank notebook. I go through dozens. Have a good Christmas.

  9. I LOVE word search books. I’m not great with crossword puzzles or anything like that, but a good word search is awesome.


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