A list of books for every family member on your list, because you have to buy them something, even enigmatic Uncle Ned.
For Mom – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
This novel combines mystery, romance, and a deep connection to nature. It’s a poignant story that will resonate with Mom’s love for immersive storytelling and beautiful prose.
For Dad – The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
A gripping and inspirational tale of the American rowing team’s journey to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. It’s a story of determination, teamwork, and the power of the human spirit that Dad will likely find captivating.
For Sister – Circe by Madeline Miller
A modern retelling of Greek mythology, focusing on the enchantress Circe. This book is a beautifully written exploration of power, identity, and the complexities of family relationships, perfect for a sister with a love for mythology.
For Brother – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
A thrilling adventure set in a dystopian future where virtual reality is a way of life. Packed with ’80s pop culture references and an exciting quest, it’s a page-turner that will appeal to your brother’s love for gaming and nostalgia.
For Younger Sister (Teen) – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A powerful and relevant novel that tackles important social issues. This coming-of-age story is both compelling and thought-provoking, making it a great choice for a socially conscious younger sister.
For Younger Brother (Teen) – Eragon by Christopher Paolini
The first book in the “Inheritance Cycle” series, this fantasy epic is filled with dragons, magic, and a young hero’s journey. It’s perfect for a younger brother who enjoys immersive fantasy worlds.
For Grandma – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
A historical novel set during World War II, focusing on the resilience of two sisters in Nazi-occupied France. This emotionally charged story will resonate with Grandma’s appreciation for historical fiction and strong female characters.
For Grandpa – The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
A classic novella that explores themes of endurance and the indomitable spirit of man. It’s a timeless tale of an aging fisherman’s battle with a giant marlin, perfect for Grandpa’s love of classic literature.
For Uncle Ned – The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
This fantasy novel follows the life of Kvothe, a gifted young musician and magician. Filled with magic, music, and a compelling narrative, it’s a book that Uncle Ned might find enchanting and immersive.
Amy C. Manikowski is a writer living in Asheville, NC.