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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the books that they think make ~perfect~ gifts. Here are their suggestions (you'll probably want to buy at least 10 to give to *yourself*):

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1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is narrated by Death, a surprisingly bittersweet figure who will wring tears from your eyes as he tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl in Nazi Germany with a burgeoning love of books.

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"Normally, I give someone a book if they're important to me, so it's normally something particularly special. I tend to gift people my favourite books as a gesture to say that 'I'd like to share this experience with you'. My go-to is The Book Thief because it really shaped the way I read throughout my adolescence." —Chloë Erin Tobin-Kemmer, Facebook

"I’ve honestly never met anyone who’s read this book who didn’t like it. My mom, two sisters, and myself all agree that it’s one of the best books we’ve ever read — and you’ll find it hard to find a group of people whose book preferences are more different." —linnf

Get it from Amazon for $10.39, Barnes and Noble for $10.85+, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

2. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman contains the full trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass) so you can enjoy the entire saga of Lyra, Will, witches, daemons, armored polar bears, connected worlds, and the mysterious substance called Dust.

4. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass is a memoir about the life of a slave. This classic piece of literature is considered to be a focal point of the abolitionist movement.

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"A slim volume of unbelievable power. I have said it time and time again — it should be required reading for every American, yet I know of very few people who have actually read it. It’s the perfect gift." —Audrey Springsteen, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $8.59, Barnes and Noble for $7.95, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith focuses on Francie Nolan, who lives with her second-generation immigrant family in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at the turn of the century.

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"I like to find a nice, older copy of this at any used book store I go to, that way I always have one on hand to gift. It’s such a good book — I think anyone can relate to it." —ashleyb4ec0177bd

Get it from Amazon for $7.99, Barnes and Noble for $10.25, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

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6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is composed of letters from the main character, Charlie, as he navigates high school; it might cause you to say "in that moment, I swear we were infinite" — or cause infinite weeping.

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"Everyone loves a good coming-of-age story. The movie version of this book is excellent, too."

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Get it from Amazon for $8.79, Barnes and Noble for $9.44, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern follows the story of a mysterious traveling circus that amazes anyone who attends. The secret? This circus is actually a battleground for two magicians — who also happen to be star-crossed lovers.

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"The first time I read it I NEEDED people to understand the significance of wearing a red scarf. I have a bunch of friends who love to read and whenever they asked for suggestions I would throw this one out there. Eventually I started gifting to people for Christmas or even for the event of fall coming. It’s such a magical and beautiful escape. It is the perfect story to read wrapped in a blanket with a fire in the hearth and cup of tea, ready to be transported to world within our own that not everyone can see or feel. A literal spellbinder. Just once I would love to see the clock at Les Cirques de Rêves”. —debbiemichelleb

"It is one of my favorite books, full of magic, love, and amazing imagery. You feel like you’re a part of the book from page one." —amybeltraminic

Get it from Amazon for $9.55, Barnes and Noble for $10.07, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition written by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay. This is a beautiful, must-have gift for any Potterhead.

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"Now that all my friends are starting to have kids, I love to giving out the illustration edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at baby showers in place of a card. I just add a sweet message for my newest niece or nephew, and it's a gift that keeps on giving!" —nanasgirl94

Get it from Amazon for $19.98, Barnes and Noble for $23.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

9. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a thriller about the Sinclairs, a wealthy family who gather on their private island every summer. But what happened during the summer that (the protagonist) Cadence can't remember?

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"This is great for anyone who loves the thrill of a romance with a punch of mystery. This has one of the greatest plot twists I’ve ever read." —ameliabruno

Get it from Amazon for $14.39, Barnes and Noble for $14.82, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

10. How to Draw Modern Florals by Alli Koch acts as a how-to guide on becoming a world renowned artist. With an expertise in florals, of course.

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"If you know a person who loves flowers/is an artist/loves beautiful books to display on their coffee table, then this is the book for you. It’s gorgeous inside and out, with simple-to-follow instructions if you want to learn how to draw realistic flowers and cacti. I’ve gifted it twice already, and can’t recommend it enough." —kaleep43bdb1b45

Get it from Amazon for $19.49, Barnes and Noble for $12.26, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

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11. Wonder by R.J. Palacio is about Auggie Pullman, a young boy who is bullied at school due to a medical condition that has resulted in facial deformities. However, these hardships result in something much more important: true friendship.

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"This is the ultimate book on kindness. You really grow to like all the characters and see them as they are, warts and all." —r4b4b20f2b

Get it from Amazon for $11.68, Barnes and Noble for $10.19, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

12. Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan serves as a reminder for new moms that the perfect parent doesn't exist — and this includes the mommy bloggers, okay?

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"For new parents. It is hilarious and so relatable. All parents make mistakes!! Not even the ‘Pinterest Moms’ are as together as they seem!!" —anniee4ef10ef7e

Get it from Amazon for $10.87, Barnes and Noble for $10.97, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

13. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K Rowling takes place in New York City, when a Magizoologist named Newt Scamander accidentally loses some of his fantastic beasts.

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"The cover is gorgeous, and this makes a wonderful addition to any Harry Potter fan's collection." —evap4b3d419c7

Get it from Amazon for $7.28, Barnes and Noble for $15.74, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

14. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a book of poetry and prose divided into four sections: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing.

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"I gift it to all my lady friends going through some tough shit. Incredibly relatable and empowering, and it makes you feel less alone." —Morgo Leigh, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $9.99, Barnes and Noble for $8.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

15. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs tells the story of Jacob, whose recently-deceased grandfather leads him on a journey to Wales. There, he finds a set of very interesting children.

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"The book has everything: kids, special abilities, history, monsters, suspense. EVERYTHING. I️ haven’t found a book worth my time since I️ read this series." —adamc40cec03ac

Get it from Amazon for $9.67, Barnes and Noble for $7.55, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

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16. Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson is a hysterical memoir that proves life's most difficult moments are also the ones that make us who we are.

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"I've read it several times and laugh out loud every single time I do. Everyone needs a good, funny book like this one." —cricketp2

Get it from Amazon for $11.66+, Barnes and Noble for $11.66, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

17. Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak follows the journey of a young boy named Max, who has been sent to his room for misbehaving, but discovers his room has actually turned into a mysterious jungle. And it's full of...well...wild things.

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"I give this out whenever someone has a new baby! Its rich illustrations, meaningful words, subtle insight into human nature, and the concept of forgiveness make it a must-have. This is by far one of my favorite books." —erinf4340ebf1c

Get it from Amazon for $6.36, Barnes and Noble for $8.95, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

18. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina woman growing up in an impoverished section of Chicago: one that she is determined to leave.

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"This colorful book is almost poetic in the way it’s written. It’s a quirky, coming-of-age book written in short stories about the characters and and how they live their lives in the neighborhood." —quinns4d1742574

Get it from Amazon for $6.75, Barnes and Noble for $7.79, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

20. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah focuses on two sisters in German-occupied WWII France, and is narrated by one of the sisters in the present day. But which sister?

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"Such a beautiful story for all readers!" —disneylove

Get it from Amazon for $7.86, Barnes and Noble for $10.70, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

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21. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay is written as a series of essays that range from politics, feminism, and how our culture reflects those topics: spanning from Sweet Valley High, to The Help, to Girls.

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"I have given this to every single one of my female friends, and they've all thanked me for sharing this book with them." —alexandraturn2013

Get it from Amazon for $10.77, Barnes and Noble for $11.19, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

22. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho follows the journey of Santiago, a shepherd boy who leaves his post in search of treasure — and he finds one! Just not the kind he was expecting.

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"I've given a few people copies of this book by Paulo Coelho because it is such an amazing read." —jessicaw101

"This is an amazing book that makes a great gift for anyone at any stage of their life. Honestly, every single time I pick it up (and this is one of the few books I will re-read), I am able to discover a new detail or find new meaning behind the story. It's amazing how enlightened this book is, especially as a fictional tale!" —madisaurus

"Always a great gift. Career problems? The Alchemist. Romance problems? The Alchemist. Existential crisis (or 10)? THE ALCHEMIST." —annas4a6869b42

"It was given to me as a gift, and I can't remember how many times I've gifted it to someone else! Beautiful story, beautiful message." —j47a10cc0b

Get it from Amazon for $9.64+, Barnes and Noble for $10.70, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

23. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen chronicles his life and the evolution of his career, spanning from his New Jersey beginnings to his rise to fame with the E Street Band.

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"Because as a huge Springsteen fan, I have an obligation to try and get all my friends and family to be fans, too." —baileyk4a53c6ab0

Get it from Amazon for $13.49, Barnes and Noble for $14.42, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

24. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan is a posthumous collection of Keegan's writing, all of which capture the universal struggle of living up to our fullest potential. After all, everyone wants to change the world.

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"This is filled with essays and short stories that will resonate with anyone in their twenties." —samk32

Get it from Amazon for $10.08, Barnes and Noble for $10.68, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

25. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein tells the story of race car driver Denny Swift through the eyes of his beloved and steadfast companion — his dog, Enzo.

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"Makes a perfect gift for any dog lover!" —ginab415aa1af2

Get it from Amazon for $9.79, Barnes and Noble for $10.30, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

26. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle is a fantasy novel about Meg Murry, whose scientist father has gone missing. To find him, Meg, her brother Charles, and their friend Calvin must travel by "tesseract", a fifth dimension.

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"This is a story with a strong female lead about being powerful when you feel powerless."

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Get it from Amazon for $6.99, Barnes and Noble for $4.49, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

27. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald alludes to the concept of the American Dream as it pertains to several people living on Long Island in the 1920s. Among them, a private millionaire named Gatsby.

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"I give at least one copy of this book every holiday season. The story is always poignant and relevant — it’s hard not to find something to relate to." —baileyc4f62a8bf4

Get it from Amazon for $8.39, Barnes and Noble for $10.07, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

28. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris is a collection of essays about the author's recent move to Paris, and his hilarious attempts at learning French.

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"This is my classic gift-giving book. David Sedaris is absolutely brilliant and very funny, but he captures moments of the human condition so perfectly that it resonates with everyone in some way." —victoriaa43d5503fc

Get it from Amazon for $9.34+, Barnes and Noble for $11.03, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

29. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett will make you CRY (it's unavoidable) with the story of Sarah Crewe, who has been sent to Miss Minchin's boarding school. When her wealthy father dies, however, her entire way of living changes.

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"I received a copy of this during a white elephant gift exchange in grade school, and then a special edition when I was in high school. It will always be my favorite book, and a great book for every little princess out there." —jodieh2

Get it from Amazon for $12.80, Barnes and Noble for $6.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

30. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro begins at a strange, exclusive boarding school where Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy become friends. What they discover is their purpose for being there — a purpose in which their own humanity is questioned.

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"One of my all-time favorite books. Ishiguro is a literary genius and I️ recommend him to all of my friends." —juzilla

Get it from Amazon for $8.86, Barnes and Noble for $10.07, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

31. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi is a memoir about Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon who is diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. As doctor becomes patient, this question persists: what makes a life worth living?

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"This book was recommended to me by two friends, and now I recommend it to EVERYONE! I gave it to my dad for Christmas and he absolutely loved the book. Everyone who reads this falls in love with it." —eclairee

Get it from Amazon for $19.24, Barnes and Noble for $20.12, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

32. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis tells the story of four siblings who find a mysterious world hidden in a wardrobe — and what it contains is a world of talking beavers, a magic lion, an evil White Witch, and so much more.

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"These books will make you fall in love with magic and fairytales. They are absolutely wonderful, amazing books!" —ritabm

Get the full seven-book collection from Amazon for $30.94, Barnes and Noble for $32.45, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

33. Cravings by Chrissy Teigen combines Teigen's iconic sense of humor with a whole bunch of delicious recipes you'll want to whip up immediately.

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"Not only is this book hilarious, but the recipes are so great and easy to make!" —jessicaw101

Get it from Amazon for $17.99, Barnes and Noble for $17.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

34. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed is a collection of advice column inquiries with responses from the author. They're honest, funny, and powerful.

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"My best friend loaned this to me a few months ago, and it felt like several years of therapy in ~300 pages. There is so much wisdom, warmth, and genuinely good advice coming from an author who truly looks out for the people who write to her. It's a really wonderful book, and I want to buy a copy for everyone I know." —sruthin

Get it from Amazon for $8.79, Barnes and Noble for $10.07, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

35. Crazy Is My Superpower by AJ Menendez Brooks chronicles Brooks' life and former career as a WWE superstar. The most important takeaway? Her weaknesses are actually her strengths.

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"This book completely changed my life: it convinced me to get help for my depression. Plus, it's a book about a strong, successful, badass Latina woman. Who doesn’t love that!?" —monicac42db75079

Get it from Amazon for $16, Barnes and Noble for $17.86, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

36. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende follows three generations of the Trueba family, as well as the post-colonial climate of Chile. Magical realism and historically-based characters make this impossible to put down.

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"This book is pure magic from front to back. It follows the lives of the Trueba family, an upper-middle class Chilean family, but country of Chile becomes a silent character as well: you can feel the nostalgia that the author has for her home country. Allende weaves a tale of love, loss, and triumph." —alisone4e9c34f90

Get it from Amazon for $10.87, Barnes and Noble for $10.97, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

37. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein tells the tale of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit whose life changes when the opportunity to save the world from a terrible fate arrives at his doorstep. In form of a wizard, of course.

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"My favorite book! I love giving this out because it's like sharing a piece of my heart with somebody and letting them go on their own journey. It's just a lovable book that brings warmth and adventure to you when you don't have any, and it makes you think, 'if Bilbo thought himself incapable of his journey but he still went and did it, then so can I.'" —indianascout

Get it from Amazon for $9.13, Barnes and Noble for $9.52, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

38. Crying on the Subway by Priya Solanki navigates New York City through the eyes of the author, an experience riddled with love, loss, and depression.

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"One of the best quick books to read! Great gift for anyone who loves dark wit, and has just moved to NYC!" —solapriy

"'Yes, I'm that girl crying on the subway' is the first line in this book, and it only gets better from there. The book is structured like a series of tweets that, together, make a very captivating narrative about love, and loss, and mental health while living in New York." —santiagoa1

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

39. The Book of Cheese by Liz Thorpe lets you explore the world of CHEESE, people. It discusses everything from Swiss, to cheddar, to the stinky Fromage de Meaux. There's also gorgeous photography (as a bonus).

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"Everyone loves cheese, so everyone loves this book! It's fun to read and answers any cheese-related questions you might have!" —leahcollumsg

Get it from Amazon for $24.27, Barnes and Noble for $25.76, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

40. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is the classic tale of Holden Caulfield, a troubled adolescent (and now the ultimate icon for teenage rebellion) trying to navigate his way through early adulthood.

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"There's a reason this book is a classic: it's a tale of self-discovery in a corrupt world. This is simply a must-read!" —benjipad2397

Get it from Amazon for $4.32+, Barnes and Noble for $9.44, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

41. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann takes place in 1974 and is narrated by several different characters, all of whom share an experience: witnessing a man walk on a tightrope across the Twin Towers.

42. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume is about two girls who become best friends in the summer of 1974. Years later, they try rekindling their friendship by understanding what happened that last, fateful summer.

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"It's a story of friends, family, difference, and love. It's the story of a friendship between two girls from different worlds that connect. It was given to me by my mom, and I gave it to my best friend: we all loved it." —meaghans5

Get it from Amazon for $10.24+, Barnes and Noble for $7.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

43. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiller by E.L. Konigsburg follows the story of suburban-born Claudia Kincaid, who decides to run away to a much more interesting, beautiful place.

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"It's a book that fleshes everyone's childhood imaginings of what it would be like to run away from home. The main character, Claudia, saves up all her money and ditches school one day with her younger brother in favor of heading to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's a really fun book for children." —r438d541d7

Get it from Amazon for $6.31, Barnes and Noble for $8.99, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

44. Everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too by Jomny Sun is an illustrated novel based on the Twitter account, @jonnysun. It follows the story of Jomny, a lonely alien who's just trying to make a friend.

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"It’s a great book to read when you need a little bit of self care or a change in perspective. 100/10 would recommend." —poopzilla

Get it from Amazon for $9.59, Barnes and Noble for $10.19, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

45. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline takes place in a dystopian 2045, when Wade Watts joins a virtual "game" called OASIS. To win, Watts must solve puzzles made by the game creator — all of which contain references to pop culture from the past.

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"This story is great, as are all the references to pop culture throughout the book: they match the story perfectly without becoming annoying. This will resonate well with all audiences!" —annlynn99

Get it from Amazon for $9.60, Barnes and Noble for $TK, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

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