Looking for a shopping guide to help you find the perfect book for the book lovers on your Christmas list? Santa’s elves (aka “librarians”) are ready to help.
Call us biased, but we here at the library think books make the perfect Christmas gifts. They are beautiful, reusable (we think rereading favorite books is one of the marks of an intelligent person!), and very easy to wrap.
But sometimes it’s difficult to pick out the perfect book, especially for bibliophiles. What if they already own the latest and hottest romantacy or most popular tearjerker? What if they have a deep, abiding dislike for an author whose new release is getting all the buzz? Or their tastes have changed since you last had a good, long bookish conversation?
You could start your search at Orem Public Library’s book sale. It’s stocked with used books in great condition, covering all sorts of different genres, writing styles, topics, and forms.
If that’s unsuccessful and you need to go to a bookstore or online bookseller, try considering the recipient’s personality, hobbies and interests, stage of life, and unique quirks, and then find a book that connects in some way.
For example, if you’re shopping for someone who…
By Colleen Worthington
Oremites love Kneaders Cafe—it originated right here! This cookbook includes dozens of Kneaders-inspired recipes, some still served there, as well as stories about the cafe and its employees.
always knows some interesting, random facts:
By David Sibley
Turkey vultures roost with their wings spread. Female wood ducks choose their mate based entirely on his appearance. Quail are close genetic cousins to chickens. Many more bird-themed random facts can be found in this book, which has illustrations as delightful as the colors of a painted bunting. But be warned: it might be a gateway to birding for the reader!
is an artistic feminist at heart:
By Katy Hessel
This New York Times bestseller and winner of the Waterstones Book of the Year Award does exactly what the title states: skips over all the familiar stories of men in art to tell art history with the art women have made.
pays attention to cultural impacts:
By Thea Glassman
Some TV shows are just TV shows—and others change the world. This book looks at the impact of seven television shows, written for teenage audiences, on American culture at large.
always wants to play a board game:
By Marcus Du Sautoy
Games might seem to be just something we do to have fun, but as Marcus Du Sautoy illustrates in this book, they are also deeply cultural reflections and an opportunity to play with math.
recently became a parent and doesn’t take themselves too seriously:
By Maressa Brown
This nontraditional approach to raising a baby is great fun. It might not be scientifically proven, but it gives new parents some lighthearted but also helpful ways to understand their baby.
knows all about politics and current events:
By Nora Krug
During the first few days of Russia’s war against Ukraine, Nora Krug began interviewing the anonymous K, a Ukrainian journalist and D, a Russian artist. Their stories, interpreted in her striking drawings, illustrate the devastating impact of war on everyone involved.
is a creative, thoughtful friend:
By Brenda Shaughnessy
Tanya is a collection of poems that describes, examines, praises, questions, and blesses the poet’s personal and public “influencers,” women who encouraged her to write. The poems invite us to question our own life-changing relationships, both the impact they had on our lives and the way our own choices influenced them.
loves to scrapbook (or used to!)
By Paige Evans
No matter if your giftee tried scrapbooking 15 years ago or finished her most current layout yesterday, Page Evans’s detailed pages, clever use of color and pattern, and unusual techniques will spark an entire sticker-sneeze of crafty happiness.
has a habit of redecorating their house:
By Carley Summers
Rather than exploring the latest trends of redecorating, this book shows how individuals have created homes that are sacred spaces, despite the struggles, losses, and changes in their lives. The photographs here are especially beautiful.
recently went through a difficult experience:
By Maggie Smith
In this beautiful memoir, the award-winning poet writes in short vignettes—referencing song lyrics, emails from friends, essays, fiction, and poetry (hers and many others’)—about how she processed the end of her marriage.
drags you to rock shops whenever you visit Moab:
By Hettie Judah
Organized around themes like “stones and stories” and “sacred stones,” this book looks not just at the geology that forms different stones but at the way they impact culture. And the cover is gorgeous!
loves the ocean:
By Susan Casey
Only recently, using submersibles and other technology, have humans been able to begin exploring the deepest parts of the ocean. Exploring oceanography with a literary tone, Casey’s book takes readers right into the depths of the sea.
is obsessed with animals:
By Keggie Carew
“This touchpaper between humans and other animals has been lighting up, and indeed chronicled, for more than 40,000 years,” Carew writes at the beginning of this book that examines the memorable moments when humans and the other animals interact.
always wanted to write a book:
By Susan Griffin
The author of the book Woman and Nature (among many others), Susan Griffin helps aspiring writers find a process and rhythm that works for their own needs and quirks, in short, accessible chapters.
is a history buff:
By Janina Ramirez
Joan of Arc. Eleanor of Acquitaine. And…are there any other historical women from the Middle Ages whose stories we know? Using the artifacts, writings, and possessions they left behind, Femina tells the forgotten stories of the women who, despite cultural and religious inequality, shaped their societies.
is drawn to the unusual or unknown parts of life:
By Briana Loewinsohn
In dreamy, mysterious, earth-toned pictures, set in places where green things grow, this graphic memoir explores Briana Loewinsohn’s relationship with her mother, who suffered with mental health issues.
has always loved turtles:
By Sy Montgomery
The incomparable Sy Montgomery here tells the tale of the Turtle Rescue League and how by trying to save turtles we might just save the world.
Written by Amy S. (Outreach)