Top 10 Best Gifts For Book Lovers 2018

With Christmas approaching you’re probably searching for a perfect book for an avid reader.

I am here to help with getting the best books for Christmas 2018 and discovering new favorites!

Here’s a list of the top 10 best gifts for book lovers that I personally recommend. I have read them all this year and they are all worthy of reading, and I hope will become some of your favorites.

(Click book covers to read the summary of the books.)

Mystery & Thriller

If you know someone who loves mystery and thrillers you should get them The Woman In The Window by A. J. Finn. I really enjoyed this book.

This book gives a unique approach to a murder mystery. Seen through the eyes of an agoraphobic, this psychological thriller is gripping and will keep you turning the pages. See the review here.



You have probably seen Ruth Ware’s work on the NY Times or Sunday Times best sellers list for In A Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10.

Ware’s latest book The Death of Mrs. Westaway, is her best yet. What I like best about this book is the psychological suspense. It is a riveting  page turner with plenty of twist and turns that will keep you guessing until the end.



Historical Fiction

For book lovers of historical fiction I highly recommend The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.

Hannah is an international best seller for The Nightingale and Firefly Lane. Her latest book is set in Alaska and is full of great characters. It is wonderfully written just like her other works. Read the review.



Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate is a wonderful book that any book lover will enjoy.

Based on historical events, this book was heart wrenching and uplifting. It’s a compelling read. Read the review here.



If you are looking for a fantasy novel, check out The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I highly recommend this young adult fantasy novel.

I loved how I got lost in the Faerie world in this book. The world building is great. This one is full of magic too!



 The Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is a brilliant West-African inspired fantasy novel.

Adeyemi won the Goodreads award 2018 for Debut Author.

This book was so much fun to read and it was refreshing too. I loved that it was all about magic… Bring back the magic!



For fiction enthusiasts, I recommend Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, which has had raved reviews. This book took me by surprise by how good it was too. (Read review.)

Beautifully written, with a cast of interesting characters and a wonderful story line, this one is a winner!



The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar is a wonderfully moving novel about friendship and family.

Set in Mumbai, India, this story is emotive and poignant in its message. It stayed with me long after I finished the book. Read the review.




The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin is one of the most interesting book that I have read this year.

This book left me wondering what I would do if I knew the date of my death. Highly thought-provoking and worthy of reading.



I don’t read many memoirs or autobiographies, but Educated by Tara Westover won me over.

This by far is one of the most interesting and compelling book I read this year. It’s  MUST read!



So there you have the top 10 best gifts for book lovers for 2018. These are some notable books I recommend. There’s something for everyone from great characters, story line to world building and more. Happy gifting!

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9 thoughts on “Top 10 Best Gifts For Book Lovers 2018

    1. Hello Alicia!
      I can’t wait for the Wicked King (book 2) and may have to re-read The Cruel Prince again. I love the faerie world too.

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!

    1. Hi Josephine!
      The Immortalists was a very interesting book. I liked the double edge sword in this book. How would you live your life if you knew when you were going to die? I know we are all going to die at some point but would you do anything different? It’s a very thought provoking book.

      I don’t usually do themed books. However, I have read lots of children’s Christmas books to my kids. I usually prefer to read books that grab my attention.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

  1. I love this post and hopefully someone will use it! I definitely double up on and agree with your recommendations of Little Fires Everywhere and also of Children of Blood and Bone. I wouldn’t mind being gifted Educated or The Cruel Prince seeing as they are both books on my wishlist as well 😉

    I hope you end up with some books under your tree, Dinh!

    1. Hi Olivia!
      I was blown away with Educated and think you’ll definitely will enjoy it too.
      Westover’s story shows how our lives can change if we want and have the determination to do so.

      I hope Santa brings you some good books for Christmas!

    1. Hi Lonna!
      The first memoir I read this year was Flat Broke With Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha, which was interesting and it got me interested in reading more memoirs.
      Educated by Tara Westover was fantastic! I love reading about real people and real events. Her life history was not your run of the mill story. I loved that it was about her relationship with her parents and siblings.
      It’s such a brilliant book!

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