Books are always a good gift idea! I’m sharing some fun book ideas for the whole family.
Holiday Gift Guide for Book Lovers
Custom regional and global maps present the history of the world in action, charting how events traced patterns on land and ocean–patterns of exploration, discovery, or conquest that created empires, colonies, or theaters of war. Thoughtful organization of information will help you follow the story of civilizations through ancient, medieval, and modern times. But not every page is full of maps. At key points in History Map by Map, broad, sweeping introductions provide a chance to step back and look at entire periods, such as World War II, or to explore overarching themes, such as the Industrial Revolution. Picture spreads, meanwhile, focus on epoch-defining moments or developments, such as fascism and communism, and the invention of printing.
1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List
Celebrate the pleasure of reading and the thrill of discovering new titles in an extraordinary book that’s as compulsively readable, entertaining, surprising, and enlightening as the 1,000-plus titles it recommends. Covering fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die ranges across cultures and through time to offer an eclectic collection of works that each deserve to come with the recommendation, You have to read this. But it’s not a prescriptive list of the “great works”—rather, it’s a celebration of the glorious mosaic that is our literary heritage.
The Real Simple Method to Organizing Every Room: And How To Keep It That Way
The Real Simple Method to Organizing Every Room offers smart solutions and detailed guidance to help you rein in the chaos, no matter how little time you have. This book helps you take control room by room with handy checklists, hundreds of practical tips, and inspiring photographs. Whether you live in a small space or a large one, the experts from Real Simple have the best why-didn’t-I-think-of-that advice for creating and keeping an easy, stylish, organized home.
What’s better than one deliciously cozy, swoon-worthy holiday story? Four of them, from some of today’s bestselling authors. From KASIE WEST, a snowy road trip takes an unexpected detour when secrets and crushes are revealed. From AIMEE FRIEDMAN, a Hanukkah miracle may just happen when a Jewish girl working as a department store elf finds love. From MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, Christmas Eve gets a plot twist when a high school couple exchange surprising presents. From NIC STONE, a scavenger hunt amid the holiday crowds at an airport turns totally romantic. So grab a mug of hot cocoa, snuggle up, and get ready to fall in love…
Home is your base. Home is your sanctuary. Its where your best life begins.
This friendly guide will give you the tools and knowledge, and empower you to make wherever you live be it rented, owned, or shared a place where you will absolutely love coming home to. In Love Coming Home, Jennifer combines her professional designer s toolkit of proven tips and resources with her inspirational coaching experience, motivating and empowering you to turn your ideas of a dream home into reality. Jennifer s step-by-step, room-by-room, guidance will help you create a welcoming and functioning space that expresses your unique individuality throughout even the smallest to largest of floor plans. Your dwelling can become an environment that supports and inspires you, to be your perfect sanctuary, because home is where your best life begins!
Comfort in an Instant: 75 Comfort Food Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and InstantPot®
With 75 all-new recipes–50 of which can be made in under an hour start to finish–Melissa Clark brings her easy sophistication to comfort food classics for any electric pressure cooker, multicooker, or Instant Pot. The electric pressure cooker makes getting meals on the table fast, convenient, and utterly delicious–and with less mess and stress than any other kitchen appliance. In Comfort in An Instant, Melissa Clark elevates the classics with her trademark deep flavors and special spins–without ever sacrificing ease
Martha Stewart’s Pressure Cooker: 100+ Fabulous New Recipes for the Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot®
An essential guide for your beloved, time-saving pressure-cooker divided into three parts: a beginner-friendly section of pressure-cooked building blocks like beans, stocks, grains, and vegetables that can be assembled into simple dishes, such as salads, soups, quesadillas, burgers, and more; a chapter of 40+ hearty main courses made start to finish in the pot; and a final chapter of desserts cooked entirely in the appliance. Recipes include instructions for both types of pressure cookers (stovetop and electric), including the cult favorite Instant Pot®.
Best-selling author and wellness expert Karen Salmansohn presents a fascinating, inspiring collection of the top 50+ nutritional and psychological tools for a long and healthy life, backed by a wide range of longevity research from our world’s best aging experts. You’ll discover insights from the world’s Blue Zones (where people live extra long) and takeaways from fascinating studies on everything from the most healthful coffee to drink to the benefits of intermittent fasting to the dangers of hidden toxins.
Skinnytaste One and Done is the perfect resource for busy home cooks looking for easy, good-for-you dinnertime solutions. #1 New York Times bestselling author Gina Homolka incorporates her healthy, flavor-forward recipes with everyone’s favorite way to cook—in one vessel, whether a sheet pan or multi-cooker, and everything in-between. No matter if you’d like to lose weight or just eat a little healthier, this book will make your weeknight dinner routine even simpler with satisfying, all-in-one recipes. Cooking in a single vessel means streamlined dinners with minimal fuss and cleanup—a huge plus after a long day.
Tasty Ultimate is THE must-have companion for home cooks of all skill levels—whether you’re a sometimes cook or a master meal prepper. With 150 recipes, clever hacks, and must-know techniques, this cookbook will teach you how to kill it in the kitchen. In no time at all, you’ll be poaching like a pro, searing perfectly tender steaks, chopping veggies at warp speed, and frosting cakes better than Betty Crocker. You’ll tackle brand-new recipes as well as all your Tasty faves; think Fried Egg Pizza, Salmon Poke Bowl, Mozzarella Stick Onion Rings, and Molten Lava Brownies. Beyond knockout cheese pulls, slow-cooked stunners, vegetarian go-tos, meals for meat-lovers, and insanely good sweets, discover large-scale showstoppers perfect for hosting Friendsgiving or Super Bowl Sunday.
The New Filipino Kitchen collects 30 recipes and stories from expat Filipinos, all of whom have taken their favorite dishes with them, preserving their food memories and, if necessary, tweaking their recipes to work in a new environment or, in the case of some chefs, a more modern context.
Hardcore Carnivore: Cook Meat Like You Mean It
Hardcore Carnivore is a protein-packed cookbook for meat lovers everywhere. From slow-smoked barbecue ribs to perfect cowboy steaks, author Jess Pryles’ recipes are meaty winners. In addition to dozens of recipes for chicken, game, pork, lamb, and beef, Pryles—touted as the “female Ron Swanson” by her loyal followers—covers all the basics, finishes, and tricks of the trade, ensuring you’ll be cooking meat like a seasoned pro in no time.
My Reading Journal: A Notebook and Diary for Book Lovers
This beautifully designed cloth-covered journal with cream paper is perfect for keeping by the bedside or toting along to book club meetings. Dated and lined blank pages allow you to use the journal however you wish, and dozens of curated reading lists in the back offer esteemed award winners and notable novels to add to your queue. Use this beautiful journal to log all the details about a book you love or to capture your daily thoughts. Then, when you’re looking for your next great read, flip to the back of the journal for plenty of ideas: winners of the Man Booker Prize, New York Times Notable Books, the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, and more.
Super Simple Hand Lettering: 20 Traceable Alphabets, Easy Projects, Practice Sheets & More! (Design Originals) Includes Technique Guides, Skill-Building Exercises, Art Prints, & Vellum Tracing Paper
Transform simple words into stunning works of art with this easy introduction to hand lettering! Super Simple Hand Lettering is a valuable resource for any artist, whether you’re a complete novice or an experienced designer looking to expand your technique. Learn to create your own unique lettering for everything from thank you notes to photo mats, mugs, clipboards, and more. Hand lettering expert Kiley Bennett gets you started right away with sage advice, traceable alphabets, inspirational prints, and fun lettering projects.
Glitter!: A Celebration of Sparkle
Indulge your shiny side and embrace your glitter obsession with this collection of all things sparkly—featuring history, trivia, quotes, and tips on how to use glitter safely and responsibly to decorate your clothes, your home, and your body!
The Little Book of Sketching: More than 100 quirky and clever ideas for sketching your way through daily life
Everyone suffers from a little boredom sometimes; The Little Book of Sketching is the remedy to these dull moments! This guide will have you flipping the day’s doldrums into artistic inspiration! If you’ve ever been held captive in a long meeting, sat for hours in a doctor’s waiting room, or been stranded at the airport, there is help to be found! And you’ll find it in The Little Book of Sketching.
In Doodled Cats, beloved artist and illustrator Gemma Correll provides inspiration and ideas for doodling a variety of different cat breeds in a fun, quirky style. From a Persian and a Sphynx to a Scottish Fold and Siamese, doodle enthusiasts will learn to draw and doodle all their favorite feline friends, in addition to anthropomorphic cats, fashionable furballs, and even cats in hats! A bonus project demonstrates how to create your own cat-doodled mug.
Book Ideas for Kids
This book contains more than 250 awesome things for you to make and do. Put down your electronic device and unleash the power of your brain—with games, challenges, crafts, and creative learning. Build a mini golf course, set a treasure hunt, or learn how to become a spy. It’s time to unlock your imagination! Comes with a free double-sided board, game pieces, and press-out dice that can be used to play chess, checkers, and snakes and ladders.
For curious kids, this is the chance to embark on the journey of a lifetime—and see how far away countries have more in common than you might expect! Hopscotch from country to country in a chain of connecting attractions: Explore Mexico’s glittering cave of crystals, then visit the world’s largest cave in Vietnam. Peer over a 355-foot waterfall in Zambia, then learn how Antarctica’s Blood Falls got their mysterious color. Or see mysterious mummies in Japan and France, then majestic ice caves in both Argentina and Austria.
Frey and Rafi are inseparable, like two edges of the same knife. But Frey’s very existence is a secret.
Frey is Rafi’s twin sister, and her body double. Their powerful father has many enemies, and the world has grown dangerous as the old order falls apart. So while Rafi was raised to be the perfect daughter, Frey has been taught to kill. Her only purpose is to protect her sister, to sacrifice herself for Rafi if she must. With Impostors, master storyteller Scott Westerfeld returns with a new series set in the world of his mega-bestselling Uglies, a world full of twist and turns, rebellion and intrigue, where any wrong step could be Frey’s last.
Sumac Lottery is the keeper of her family’s traditions — from Pow Wow to Holi, Carnival to Hogmanay, Sumac’s on guard to make sure that no Lottery celebration gets forgotten. But this winter all Sumac’s seasonal plans go awry when a Brazilian visitor overstays his welcome. A terrible ice storm grounds all flights, so one of her dads and her favorite brother can’t make it home from India. And then the power starts going out across the city… Can Sumac hang on to the spirit of the season, even if nothing is going like a Lottery holiday should?
In Rad Girls Can, you’ll learn about a diverse group of young women who are living rad lives, whether excelling in male-dominated sports like boxing, rock climbing, or skateboarding; speaking out against injustice and discrimination; expressing themselves through dance, writing, and music; or advocating for girls around the world. Each profile is paired with the dynamic paper-cut art that made the authors’ first two books New York Times bestsellers. Featuring both contemporary and historical figures, Rad Girls Can offer hope, inspiration, and motivation to readers of all ages and genders.
With a radical and inclusive approach to history, Modern HERstory profiles and celebrates seventy women and nonbinary champions of progressive social change in a bold, colorful, illustrated format for all ages. Despite making huge contributions to the liberation movements of the last century and today, all of these trailblazers come from backgrounds and communities that are traditionally overlooked and under-celebrated: not just women, but people of color, queer people, trans people, disabled people, young people, and people of faith.
Making trendy pixelated wearables, jewelry, and home décor is as simple as following a chart, and your finished creations will look as if they just stepped off a screen. Inside this book you’ll find over 50 super fundesign ideas for digital-inspired jewelry, coasters, frames, boxes, toys, and more. You’ll learn all the basics of assembling and fusing beads, with tips on tools, pegboards, and adhesives. No crafting experience is necessary, with clear directions and step-by-step photos that make it easy to get great results.
Sharpen your search and find skills by locating him at his favorite metropolis. It won’t be easy! BigFoot is visiting ten major cosmopolitan destinations, from the Big Apple and London to Paris, Athens, Tokyo, Toronto, and more. This handsome hardcover book presents each urban oasis as an immense two-page visual puzzle, full of teeming people and creatures. Your task is not only to find BigFoot and his legendary footprint, but also more than 500 other unusual and sometimes unexpected personalities and objects. Fun facts and pictures accompany each scene to help you learn more about the world’s most popular cities.
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