Because I’m a nerd and consider lying in bed with a good book all day to the most perfect use of time, this next gift idea is my favorite. It’s also, I think, one of the most meaningful. As a student again, I can’t really afford buying newly published novels and because everyone loves Donna Tartt and Elizabeth Gilbert, finding their new novels at a library results in a year long wait list.
Sharing a novel that has impacted me with a good friend is saying “Slow down. Relax. Get lost for awhile.” Moreover, how exquisite are these Penguin clothbound classics? These are the novels I would wrap up for dear friends (and sisters):
Jane Eyre for the individual returning to school to be a teacher (*coughAshleighcough*)
Dracula for the thrill-seeker in your life or for your cousin still hooked on Twilight
Pride and Prejudice for the hopeless romantic seeking out their own Mr. Darcy
The Woman in White for the person in your life who loves a shockingly satisfying mystery
Tess of the d’Urbervilles for your friend who loves Romeo and Juliet and other tragic love affairs
If you’re the contemporary sort, this year’s New York Time’s Notable Book Review is sure to leave you with abundant options. Enjoy!