While books can make great Christmas gifts, Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch librarian Cheryl Landry offers a couple of winter-themed children’s book titles, along with a variety of adult-oriented books in the branch’s Fast Reads section as options for holiday reading. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Greater Victoria librarians suggest books for those on your holiday gift list

Greater Victoria Public Library branches have a wide selection for borrowers, too

The ideal holiday gift must be personalized and thoughtful; it should show how much you care; and it should “keep on giving.” There is no better gift that fits the bill than a book.

English author Neil Gaiman said it best: “Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!”

From the flurry of books recently published in Canada and beyond, here are some titles, recommended by Greater Victoria Public Library’s collections services librarians, for people on your gift list.

Adults – fiction

American War by Omar El Akkad

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

A Mariner’s Guide to Self-Sabotage: Stories by Bill Gaston

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris (graphic novel)

An Old, Cold Grave: A Lane Winslow Mystery by Iona Whishaw

Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

Adults – non-fiction

Feeding my Mother: Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss by Jann Arden

First, We Brunch: Recipes and Stories from Victoria’s Best-Loved Breakfast Joints by Rebecca Wellman

The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion – Surprising Observations of a Hidden World by Peter Wohlleben

Original Highways: Travelling the Great Rivers of Canada by Roy MacGregor

Victoria’s Most Haunted: 30 Ghost Stories from BC’s Most Historic Capital City by Ian Gibbs

Teens – fiction

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green


Hello Humpback! by Roy Henry Vickers & Robert Budd (board book)

I Am Canada: A Celebration by Heather Patterson & various illustrators (picture book)

The Lost Gift: A Christmas Story by Kallie George & Stephanie Graegin (picture book)

The Night Garden by Polly Horvath (children’s fiction)

The Big Book of Hockey for Kids by Eric Zweig (children’s non-fiction)

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