Friday, 2 December 2016

BOOK TALK | Six Non-Fiction / Coffee Table Books I'd Gift


With Christmas approaching, naturally I've got to thinking about what I'll be gifting my nearest and dearest this year - although Christmas isn't about the gift giving for me, it is about the festive family time, I like to gift thoughtful presents to my loved ones as a way of showing that I'm thinking of them and appreciate them.

I don't have that many people to gift books to at this time of year - I just don't have many bookish family and friends - but I have been having a nosy at my own bookshelves and been thinking about which of those books would make good gifts.

Today, I'm sharing six of the non-fiction / coffee table books I own that would make great presents for others.

THE BOOKSHOP BOOK BY JEN CAMPBELL
If you have a fellow bookworm in your life, or even fancy gifting yourself something this Christmas, then The Bookshop Book is the book for you! Jen Campbell takes us on the most magical of world tours, stopping off and hearing the stories of a variety of booksellers and their uniquely different bookshops. As the blurb on the book states: 'The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.'

DAILY RITUALS BY MASON CURREY
I'm a very routine driven person, and I also happen to be quite a nosy person (I'll admit it!) and that combination lead me to love Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. The book features the routines and daily rituals of 150+ artists, ranging from playwrights, novelists, scientists, philosophers, and many more creatives, opening your mind to how they produced some of their best work and the working conditions in which they thrived.

VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS BY ROB TEMPLE
Most suitable for Brits, given the title, Very British Problems is an amusing and relatable read that would make a good gift for the person in your life who loves a good chuckle. As I said in my intro, I don't have many bookish people in my life, but this is the one title on my list that I will actually be gifting this Christmas.

LOST IN TRANSLATION BY ELLA FRANCES SANDERS
Lost in Translation is an illustrated book featuring a collection of words from around the world that aren't directly translatable into English, but that have unique and beautiful meanings. Much like the meanings, Lost in Translation is a unique and beautiful book. With the combination of new to you words and stunning illustrations, this charming little book would make the perfect gift. At some point I would like to sit down and do a more thorough post on this book, perhaps even sharing some of my favourite words from the unusual dictionary.

THE ART OF... BY VARIOUS
I've linked all of the books featured in this gift guide on Goodreads, however 'The Art of...' encompasses more than one book - I have linked up to The Art of Up, one of my favourite books of this kind. The Art of books offer a behind the scenes look at the art of a number of animated films and TV shows. I own a couple of these books now, with my eye on a few more, and they would make a great gift for someone you know who has a favourite animated film.

CITY ATLAS BY GEORGIA CHERRY & MARTIN HAAKE
Last, but by no means least, is City Atlas: Travel the World with 30 City Maps - a great book buy for a kid you know who loves geography and travel, or it would also make a nice family gift aiding them in finding their next adventure. I have a full review of this book, which you can find here, with the next paragraph being a snippet from said review: 'This non fiction book aimed at children, but just as well received on the shelves of an adult, showcases thirty of the best loved cities from around the world by pouring the personality of a city on a double spread page using beautiful illustrations, a few facts about the given city as well as a variety of activities and attractions within the city.'

WILL YOU BE GIFTING ANY BOOKS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?

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14 comments

  1. The Bookshop Book does sound like something that I would like to have!

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  2. The Bookshop Book is on my TBR list. It sounds really interesting.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Such a good book - I'd recommend it to any bookworm!

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  3. I really should check out The Bookshop Book -- I loved her Weird Things People Say in Bookshops.

    Lost in Transkation sounds great -- looking forward to hearing more about it :)

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    1. I'd rate The Bookshop Book above Weird Things People Say in Bookshops, and I loved the latter also! I know you're trying to cute down on the book buying, but I'd recommend getting that one!

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  4. I may have to buy Lost in Translation. It may be perfect to include with my Diversity training workshop I present. Definitely do a review and share some of your favourites, that is a great idea.

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    1. It makes for interesting reading, with over 50 or so phrases. I'll definitely write a post up on it.. Although it'll probably be in the new year now.

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  5. Daily Rituals sounds absolutely fascinating. I'm kind of nosy about those things too, especially others' creative processes. And The Bookshop Book is on my TBR list. I've got to get around to reading it one of these days!

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    1. Daily Rituals sounds like a book that would be of interest to you then - I've read the book over at least once, but it's interesting to just dip in and out of also. The Bookshop Book is a must read. I hope to get to travel the world of bookshops soon!

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  6. I love The Lost in Translation book!! That sounds fun and the cover is super cute. The Bookshop Book sounds like on I want for myself. Fun list!

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    1. Both of the books you mentioned are my favourites from this list - well worth a read. Thanks!

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  7. I love that cover on Lost in Translation! I'm a total linguistics nerd, so that sounds right up my alley.

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    1. Oh, I definitely think you'd love Lost in Translation then!

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