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    Updated on Sep 26, 2018. Posted on Sep 26, 2018

    19 Books So Good, People Shared Them With Loved Ones

    BRB, running to my nearest bookshop.

    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share their favorite books to give as gifts — and why. The thoughtful responses we got will inspire you to read and share your favorites with someone you love!

    Happy reading (and shopping)!

    1. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

    Simon & Schuster

    "Not only is it a great book for those who are a fan of Shonda's TV shows — because it gives a little bit of background about the shows — but it is just an inspiring book. It isn't really a self-help book, it is just one woman sharing a life-changing choice she made. It has changed my outlook on my life so I want to share it with all those people I care about!" —marybethking2015

    Get it from Amazon for $4.21, Barnes and Noble for $12.80, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    2. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Harper & Row

    "When I was born, my uncle gave my mom that book and I still consider it a favorite. Then, when my cousin was born, my mom gifted my aunt and uncle the book. I happily gifted The Giving Tree to my nephew a couple years ago." —tarlank

    Get it from Amazon for $11.39, Barnes and Noble for $14.39, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

    Anchor Books

    "It’s such a beautifully written, magical book — the kind of book that reminds you why you love reading. Every person I have given it to has fallen in love with it and become completely obsessed." —katya3

    Get it from Amazon for $12, Barnes and Noble for $12.84, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    4. Matilda by Roald Dahl

    Viking Kestrel

    "What's not to like about it? Its funny and powerful and has strong female characters. Plus, the illustrations are super cute." —musicluvvah

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99, Barnes and Noble for $7.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    5. Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi

    Tor Science Fiction

    "It's a comedy science fiction book that made me laugh so hard my eyes teared and I had to stop reading to wipe my face more than once. I've even had friends who don't normally read science fiction tell me they liked it. I picked it up by chance in a used bookstore and I feel like I struck gold." —lisat4f886f68c

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99, Barnes and Noble for $8.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    6. Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Random house

    "Travelling, graduating, new job, new anything! The book's message is universal!" —candicee43aadc33e

    "My grandmother gave it to me when I was a kid, but then my mom gave me it again when I started college because I was worried I wouldn’t make it through. It meant a lot to me and it gave me a lot of drive during that first semester." —taylorh494def437

    Get it from Amazon for $12.76, Barnes and Noble for $17.39, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

    Econo-Clad Books

    "It’s my absolute favorite book — the best book I’ve ever read. The story is so wonderful and poignant. It’s a great depiction of what it’s like to feel different in high school." —sprihachakraborty

    Get it from Amazon for $7.35, Barnes and Noble for $11.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    8. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

    Firefly Books Ltd

    "She goes on a quest to find her prince after a dragon burns down the castle, and all she has to wear is a paper bag. The ending is a good little twist, with some female empowerment!" —r4d3e34ad1

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95, Barnes and Noble for $6.95, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    9. What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

    Three Rivers Press

    "It’s a wonderful read for young people going through natural life transitions who may feel like they are falling behind." —jamieo4fcdcb803

    Get it from Amazon for $12.11, Barnes and Noble for $13.49, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    10. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

    W. W. Norton

    "Fight Club literally saved my life as a teenager. I didn't have a good home situation and would hide in the silence of libraries. On a particularly terrible day, I was in a back corner trying to decide whether or not I should continue with living when a random librarian dropped the book in my lap silently and walked away. I can recite the book now and generally read it once a year." —j4f02b6a9d

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95, Barnes and Noble for $14.54, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    11. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

    Timbuktu Labs, Inc.

    "It started out with gifting that book to my cousins, nephews, and nieces, but reading the book myself I realized it's not something that can be just enjoyed by kids! It's really inspiring and tells the reader about so many brave women they might have never even heard about. Bonus: The illustrations are PHENOMENAL!" —prashasti729

    Get it from Amazon for $35, Barnes and Noble for $35 or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    12. On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

    Feiwel & Friends

    "Nancy Tillman books are known for amazing, whimsical artwork and celebrating the uniqueness of each child. This is by far my favorite. It reminds you every baby truly is a miracle to be cherished. Best book to give new or expecting parents." —halstonleighm

    Get it from Amazon for $6.74, Barnes and Noble for $16.95, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    13. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

    Tor Science Fiction

    "I like to give Ender's Game to young persons learning that they love to read. There's something amazing about the journey of a smart kid among smart kids that shows them that it's ok to admit your strengths." —stephysuemorgan

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19, Barnes and Noble for $7.69, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    14. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

    Harper

    "Because I know so many people who need to calm down." —lolamoel

    Get it from Amazon for $14.29, Barnes and Noble for $14.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    15. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

    Mariner Books

    "The Little Prince, for its beautiful simplicity and message of friendship. Many people may overlook it for nothing more than a children's tale, but it's worth a read no matter what stage of life you're in." —katsby0105

    Get it from Amazon for $10.79, Barnes and Noble for $11.33, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    16. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

    Alfred A. Knopf

    "A friend once gifted it to me, saying only, 'This is one of my favorite books and it will change your life.' I read it in one sitting and quickly fell in love. It’s beautifully poetic and moving. When life gets crazy or upsetting, this book grounds me. Now I gift it to others the same way my friend gifted it to me, by saying to them how much it means to me, and explaining, 'This book will seriously change your life and bring you peace if you read it.'” —rachelh429573c2b

    Get it from Amazon for $13.50, Barnes and Noble for $6.25, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    17. Five Minutes' Peace by Jill Murphy

    Walker Books Ltd

    "I always try to give new parents this book. Not only do kids love the story, parents REALLY relate to it. I think the book actually saved my sanity a few times when my kids were young — made me laugh off the stress!" —simgas

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99, Barnes and Noble for $7.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    18. The Jolly Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

    LB Kids

    "It was my absolute favorite book as a kid. It follows a postman on his daily journey, where he bikes to different homes with well-known characters from children's stories, such as Cinderella, the Big Bad Wolf, and the Three Bears. For each mail delivery in the book, there is an envelope with a letter that can be removed for the kid to read. It's so fun, so cute, and children just love it." —mrsh810

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95, Barnes and Noble for $18.85, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    19. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    Dell

    "Outlander is my favorite book series of all time, so I tend to give people the first book in the series and everyone becomes just as addicted as I am to it. It's full of adventure, drama, light and funny moments, a little sci-fi — it has something for everyone. I have yet to meet a person who reads it and doesn't fall in love." —mrsh810

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99, Barnes and Noble for $9.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

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