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Gift Guide: The Avid Reader

Posted on Dec 24, 2016

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

For The Series Seeker

Described as one of Italy's greatest literary treasures, Elena Ferrante stuns with this first novel in the widely acclaimed Neapolitan Novels series. My Brilliant Friend is an intense story of two young women set against the backdrop of 1950's Italy, painting a touching illustration of the nature of friendship. Punch up this present by gifting the entire boxed set - your serial reader will thank you!

Available at: Europa Editions

For The Part-Time P.I.

Known as one of the best living mystery writers (Grantland), Megan Abbot delivers another suspenseful novel the detective in your life will definitely get lost in. This thrilling murder mystery set inside a family struggling to come to grips with the limits of ambition has been praised for its' brilliance by the New York Times, and is the perfect last-minute addition to add a little suspense to your gift giving.

Available at: Little, Brown and Company

Retail: $20

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbot
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

For The Chronic Giggler

After this year, I think everyone could use a little laugh - and this book is laugh out loud funny! Aziz Ansari's irreverent humour paired with cutting edge social science provides a sharp commentary on love in the modern world, and acts as a great companion to a "Master of None" post Christmas Netflix binge.

Available at: Penguin Random House

Retail: $17

For The Design Lover

Sometimes it feels like design trends change with the blink of an eye - which is why I absolutely adore this read from Christiane Lemieux. The Finer Things is essentially a designer's almanac, weaving together the insights and guidance of the leading interior accessories experts. Lemieux has curated an unparalleled education in how to recognize timeless pieces.

Available at: Clarkson Potter

Retail: $60

The Finer Things by Christiane Lemieux
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

For The Backstage Pass Holder

When honoured with the medal of freedom earlier this year, Obama said it best: "I may be the president, but Springsteen's the boss". The essential present for any music fan you know, Bruce Springsteen's autobiography Born to Run tells the story of his life with the same honesty, humour and originality found in his iconic catalog of songs.

Available at: Simon and Schuster

Retail: $39.99

For The 'Short Is Sweeter' Reader

Know a reader constantly on the run? This curated collection of short stories from Pulitzer winner John Cheever is the perfect stocking stuffer! With sixty one short stories (including "The Enormous Radio" and "The Swimmer"), Cheever chronicles the lives of the greatest generation while living up to his reputation as the suburb's Chekhov.

Available at: Penguin Random House

Retail: $18

The Stories of John Cheever
The One Thing by Gary Keller

For The Self Motivator

An indispensible tool heading into a new year, Gary Keller's motivational bestseller The One Thing is an excellent aid for anyone ready to concentrate on their goals. If you have a friend ready to rock their resolutions, this guide on how to dismiss distractions and concentrate on the obstacles in the way of a goal is a simple, effective guide this holiday season!

Available at: The One Thing

Retail: $15.97