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Holiday Gifts List: Books

Having a hard time figuring out what to get your younger siblings or cousins, or any kids for the holiday’s? How many toy cars does your brother have already? Where’s the Barbie you gave your sister last Christmas?

How about some books? There have been endless quotes and sayings about books through years and ages. Though some people consider giving books as gifts is kind of cliché, you can never go wrong with books. After all, reading should be a life long hobby and it should start from a young age.

Here are five books that you might want to consider. Some of them are for kids, some are for teens and even adults. With some hot coco, enjoy a sunny afternoon with the joy of reading.

1. Polar Express

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Perhaps you still recall the movie you’ve watched couple years. Polar Express is such a Christmas classic that comes back every year. If you have younger siblings or cousins, it’s a good idea to get them this book for Christmas.  Not only the absorbing story will fascinate them, it also gives a great lecture. As it says in the movie, “ It doesn’t matter where it is going, what matter is deciding to get on”. They will definitely love it!

2. Catching Fire

When The Hunger Games came out, it was a blast. Especially after the first movie, the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins soon became unbelievably popular. The new movie has just come out; everyone is going to talk about it just like last year. Although the movie was amazing, it’s always fun to refer back to the original and compare it with the movie. Whether you give it as a single book or in a set, it will be a perfect gift for any teens!

3. Harry Potter

This set of books doesn’t need much explanation. For years they’ve been Christmas gifts for kids and teens. The series of movies are already out and are certainly compelling, but reading the books gets into more details and just as captivating. Why not enjoy the books and recall how much we loved the stories and characters?

4. A Christmas Carol

Through telling the stories of Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, the bitter Ebenezer Scrooge learns the morals and finally changes. As a classic by Charles Dickens, the novel contains some social criticism, but also morality tales.

Travelling through time and apace with the character and witness his changes can be an amazing reading experience.

5. The Gift of the Magi and other short stories

O Henry has always been one of my favorite authors. His short stories are witty and always have twist endings. His famous story, The Gift of the Magi, have a bittersweet ending that can be seen as ironic in some ways. It teaches a lesson that people should be happy and appreciate what they have, instead of being greedy and always asking for more.

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