Shelf Life: Give the gift of books

Published 2:59 pm Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Only five days ‘til Christmas! Have you finished shopping for presents yet? If you’re still looking for that special something for your special someones, why not give the gift of books this holiday season? Here are a few suggestions to get you started.


Emmaline and the Second Summer by Britt Hampton

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Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas by Yuyi Morales

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Solo by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess

Travel Junkies:

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018

Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World by Nell Stevens

Wild by Nature by Sarah Marquis

Book Club Buddies:

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash

Sci-Fi Aficionados:

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Artemis by Andy Weir

Nonfiction Connoisseurs:

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

There’s still time to pick up gifts at local bookstores such as The Book Shelf in Tryon. I hope you find a great read for everyone on your list. And of course, don’t forget to get yourself a little something, too. Happy reading!

Jen Pace Dickenson is the Youth Services Librarian for Polk County Public Libraries. For information about the library’s resources, programs, and other services, visit or call 828-894-8721.