Books can be very good Christmas presents. They’re easy to order online, so you can save yourself from having to fight the traffic and crowds when everyone is out Christmas shopping. If you make the right choice, a book is a gift that generally goes over very well.
Among the books that have proven very popular with the public in 2010 are:
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Fiction: Young adult.
The third book of Collins’s Hunger Games fantasy science fiction trilogy, Mockingjay can also stand on its own for readers who have not read the first two (The Hunger Games and Catching Fire). Mockingjay depicts a rebellion in a futuristic America against the “Capitol” and its gruesome practice of forcing each district in the country to supply two teenagers each year for gladiator-type combats to the death.
The Belly Fat Cure by Jorge Cruise. Nonfiction: Diet.
2010’s hot diet book is Cruise’s version of a low carb approach, complete with recipes.
Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler. Fiction: Humor.
Outrageous comic and talk show host Handler spins tales of sex, booze, and show biz.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson. Fiction: Mystery
The posthumous conclusion to Larsson’s Millennium trilogy (after The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and The Girl Who Played with Fire), this mystery thriller is considered by many critics the best of the three. Protagonist Lisbeth Salander finds herself a suspect in three murders after being shot and almost killed herself, and teams up with a reporter through cyberspace to solve the mystery and find the real killer.
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis. Nonfiction: Business.
Lewis follows up his classic insider portrait of Wall Street Liar’s Poker twenty years later with a scary, funny, eye-opening account of the bizarre and irresponsible investment practices that led to the current economic collapse.
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella by Stephenie Meyer. Fiction: Young adult.
Yet another automatic bestseller from the Twilight series of vampire novels, critics mostly did not like The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner as much as previous entries in the series, but Twilight fans disagree.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink. Nonfiction: Psychology.
Pink cites psychology research in support of his claim that the carrot and the stick are often both counterproductive motivators, that people respond best to the freedom to grow and develop, both in a personal and a work context.
If you have an avid reader on your Christmas list, at least one of these books should fit their tastes.