Holiday Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

Whether you’re looking for a book for a fiction fan or a nifty, one-of-a-kind literary print, The Ames Library has assembled a pastiche of bookish gift ideas from other websites for all of your holiday-shopping needs.

The first guide, from Paste Music, highlights ten noteworthy music books from 2018. Maybe your giftee is a Lou Reed fan, in which case Ezra Furman’s newly released Lou Reed’s Transformer ($10.37 from Amazon) is the ideal thing.

Or perhaps they have a burning desire to answer the decades-old question of whether rock ‘n’ roll is dead. In that case, Steven Hyden’s Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock ($14.27 through Amazon) is a good pick.

If your giftee (or you) leans more toward art and fashion, then the Obvious State shop may be the perfect place to get started. They offer a variety of exquisitely designed journals ($10), art prints ($24), totes ($24), mugs ($16), and more.

The American Library Association has also gotten in on the action with a number of gifts to please the bibliophiles in your life, ranging from $3 to $95. Our favorites include a replica card catalog box from the Library of Congress ($19.95) and the ALA’s own prompt journal This Journal Is Overdue ($16.99), which is designed to get its owner thinking about the authors and books that have made an impact on them.

Finally, if your giftee is just looking for a good read in general, Library Journal has put together a slide of the 10 Best Books of 2018 in 19 categories, from graphic novels and biography to world literature and poetry.

If you’re more interested in treating yourself to all these book-related goodies, though, we promise not to tell! 📚

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