Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Books for the Holidays

The TBR stack on my overburdened nightstand
I've always loved giving books as presents - but now especially, I'm a fan of supporting booksellers at a time when they're struggling to stay viable.  Lately, I've come across several lists of notable books of 2011 -- helpful guides for my own reading -- as well as gift giving. In case you missed these:

* The New York Times Book Review Holiday Gift Guide: 100 Notable Books of 2011 - which includes fiction, poetry, memoir, biography and other non-fiction.

* The New York Times Book Review Holiday Gift Guide: Notable Children's Books of 2011 - including YA, middle grade and picture book titles.

* A wonderful New York Times Book Review article by Bruce Handy on Picture books about Christmas.

* Another New York Times Book Review article by NYT Children's Book editor Pamela Paul on Snowy Books for Children.

* Publisher's Weekly Best Books of 2011 - across genres.

*The Los Angeles Times Holiday Books & Gift Guide which highlights thrillers, fantasy, sci-fi, poetry, children's and YA, graphic novels, quirky, coffee table, non-fiction and audio books.

* The Huffington Post Holiday Gift Ideas: Forget the scented candles - 9 books to get your sister.

* Finally, I love this Los Angeles Times Jacket Copy holiday guide: 14 offbeat gifts for writers.

What books are on your holiday wish list?

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And - if you've been in the loop about all the problems I had with my blog domain the last few weeks - here's the final chapter in the story. After all the back and forth with Google about my custom domain, in the end, Google paid for a substitute name for this site, BeyondWordsandPictures - to make-up for a glitch in my account. 
I'd already renamed my blog and adjusted to the change, when, Google informed me they'd managed to buy back my original url: OnBeyondWordsandPictures.com! Google renewed both custom domains for me gratis for a ten-year period. Since then, for consistency, I've reverted to the original domain name.
Thanks for standing by while I sorted out all the publishing problems with my blog!
Happy holidays to my readers and followers! 

7 comments:

Caroline Starr Rose said...

My mom is getting WONDERSTRUCK for my boys. I can't wait to read it with them!

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

"What books are on your holiday wish list?"

Books with my name as the author.
Sincerely,
Dependent Clause

Liz Shanks said...

Long after the tinsel and tree fade and are forgotten, shared time spent with a child and a favorite Christmas book will create a memory that will last.Share a bond and a book with someone this Christmas.Some of my favorites can be found on my site.

Liz Shanks
Liz's Book Snuggery

Tricia said...

If you're looking for an amazing list, Susan Thomasen at Chicken Spaghetti rounds up the "best of" and award winning lists every year. You can find the 2011 list at:
http://chickenspaghetti.typepad.com/chicken_spaghetti/2011/11/best-list-update.html.
Best,
Tricia

Megan Frances said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone. Caroline, how fun to share a new book with your sons. Just keep writing, Lupe. I so agree Liz - the pleasure of reading endures long after the last page. Tricia - thanks for sharing some other book list selections - which round out the ones I compiled for my readers.

iza said...

Thanks for this informative list, and so glad your blog domain woes have been resolved. Here's to a great new year!

Lee Rae said...

I "lost" you there for awhile because I have your original URL saved as a Favorite. I thought you had given up blogging. (gasp!) So imagine my surprise and happiness when you re-appeared.