If the books on Part one left you out in the cold perhaps these suggestions will help you find the perfect gift for the readers you know!
HISTORY (I’ve been on an American history kick)
1. 1776 by David McCullough. This is a fascinating review of the year 1776 in the history of the United States. It was a page turner. David McCullough explored the battles, the political maneuvering, and made this ever relevant portion of history vivid and alive. To really stun your history lover buy him or her the Illustrated version. It’s amazing with all sorts of facsimile documents and maps. I have one and I love it!
2. Being George Washington by Glenn Beck. This is a book that can be appreciated by anyone, no matter their political persuasion. Glenn Beck goes through the admirable qualities of George Washington and points out how we can emulate those qualities to be better citizens today. This is kind of a cross between history and self-help, but I loved the things he wrote about George Washington, who is a personal hero of mine!
3. The Last Days of the Sioux Nation by Robert M. Utley. For anyone interested in Native American history is book takes a thorough look at the relationship between the Sioux Nation and the government of the United States. It travels through the Allotment Act of 1887 to the Battle of Wounded Knee Creek. It details the murder of Sitting Bull. It is a riveting account of the Sioux people. I enjoyed it enough to keep a copy of it all these years after I finished my degree in history.
4. Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer. This is a great book to read in conjunction with books 1 and 2. It is a very detailed and spirited account of the end of 1776 when Washington crossed the Potomac River and attacked Trenton and environs. The painting featured on the cover was inspired by the events that are detailed in the book. It was a fascinating read and if AI ever happen upon a copy in a used book store I will snatch it up without even thinking twice. As my kids get older I might even buy it so they can read it too!
5. Decision Points by George W. Bush. Whether you like him or not, his book is pretty fascinating. He walks you through some of the crucial decisions he has had to make, both private and presidential. He gives you his thought process and why he made those decisions. I liked him before I read the book, but my admiration grew as I read about some of the struggles he went through. Say what you will of his politics, I think he is a man of integrity who did the best he could with what he had.
1. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki. For anyone who wants to get ideas on how to grow their money, this book is full of ideas. It also helps you figure out how to teach your kids about money to help them be successful in their financial lives. I read it and enjoyed it. It certainly gave my husband and I some food for thought. To be honest, this is probably a book I will read multiple times during my life. It’s very motivating!
2. Brain Rules by John Medina. This book teaches “12 principles for surviving and thriving at work, home and school.” My husband was fascinated by this book. He read it. He watched the DVD that came with it. He tried to get our 13 year-old to read it. (She declined.) I have read bits and pieces of it, and I thought it was interesting. I’m not huge into self-help books, but this one seems pretty good.
3. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D. This book is short and very easy to read. It is all about dealing with change, whether it is your personal life or professional. My then ten and twelve-year olds read it and enjoyed it. I also read it and enjoyed it. It’s thought-provoking. Just what is my cheese and what am I willing to do to have it? If your reader loves motivational books this one is a keeper! It is also infinitely re-readable.
4. Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey. In tough economic times finances sometimes seem overwhelming and debt grows by leap and bounds. Dave Ramsey has formulated a program that helps you budget and works on getting you out of debt faster. I have several friends who have implemented his principles in their lives with some great results. In fact that is why I bought this book. I haven’t finished it yet, but it is interesting and very thought-provoking. I love the insights his wife adds at the end of each chapter.
5. The Holy Bible. Scripture is the ultimate self-help book ever written. Enough said. Does your reader need a new copy? The King James Version is the best!
ROMANCE (Non Pornographic!)
1. Anything by Patricia Veryan is a welcome addition to the collection of any historical romance lover. I particularly love her books. I noticed that they are starting be available for Kindles, which is fantastic since they are pretty much out of print. If you love regency and Georgian romances these are for you, or the reader you are buying them for….
2. Elizabeth the First Wife by Lain Dolan. This is a fun book and it is clean. I enjoyed it, especially all the references to Shakespeare. Elizabeth, a college teacher, is asked by her ex husband (and huge Hollywood hunk) to help him out for the summer at a Shakespearean festival. She gets another chance at love.
3. Skip Rock Shallows by Jan Watson. This is a Christian romance so you know it’s clean. I enjoyed this when I read it earlier this year. It’s 1908 and Lily becomes the company doctor for a mining company. That’s tough enough for any woman in the mountains of Kentucky, but add a mysterious handsome single guy and you know tha sparks are going to fly.
4. Anything by Catherine Palmer. She writes Christian romances too. I’ve read several of hers and enjoyed them all. Some are modern. Some are historical. All have satisfying love stories!
5. I’m out of options here. I don’t look through the romance section of the library or bookstore…. mostly I like my other books to have a love story…. I’ve thought and thought and I can’t think of another book that is really a romance!