Thursday, December 3, 2015

Gifts for the Book Lovers

We all have at least one bookworm (aka book lover) in our life. When it comes to gifting, many people assume that giving that person something else to stack in an already crammed and overflowing bookshelf is the best solution. However, finding the perfect book for a person is a bit like matchmaking, because no reader is made equal. My selection today includes some of my personally favorite books recently appeared plus a set of ideal gifts for bookworms that are inspired by books (though not necessarily a cellulose friend.)






1. The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine ($26.99) by Alex Brunkhorst. This chick-lit-meets-Gatsby is an exclusive invitation beyond the gates of Los Angeles’s most glamorous estates. Brunkhorst presents a modern-day Gatsby tale as she introduces readers to a young reporter who gets swept away by the extravagant lifestyles of the Beverly Hills elite and begins a forbidden love affair with the mysterious daughter of a movie industry mogul, constantly threatened by an ever-growing web of secrets and lies. Who said The Great Gastby was something of another era anyway?

2. Grumpy Cat Bookmark ($4.50) by WonderFlies on Etsy. This adorable Grumpy Cat bookmark is locally hand illustrated and printed in watercolor paper in New York City. This is the ideal gift for those who love reading and are die-hard Grumpy Cat fans like myself.

3. The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin ($24.99) by Charlotte Cho. This easy-to-read manual explains the best-kept beauty secrets of Korean women, who boast legendary beautiful skin. As the founder of Soko Glam, a leading Korean beauty and lifestyle website, esthetician and beauty expert Charlotte Cho guides you through the world-renowned Korean ten-step skin-care routine—and far beyond—to help you achieve the clearest and most radiant skin of your life With Charlotte's step-by-step tutorials, skin-care tips, and advice on what to look for in products at all price levels, you'll learn how to pamper and care for your skin at home with Korean-approved techniques and pull off the "no makeup" makeup look we've seen and admired on women in the streets of Seoul.This is an ideal gift for the bookworm who also wants to boast a perfect skin and unveil one of the most complex beauty rituals in the world.

4. Library Paper Candle ($49) by Assouline. This candle equals instant gratification for any bookworm. Carefully created to recreate the aroma of the experience of reading your favorite book in a library, this product is created by Assouline, publisher of some of the most aesthetically pleasing books in the world. 

5. Life in Motion ($24.99) by Misty Copeland. This is the memoir of Misty Copeland, the first African-American soloist in the last two decades at the prestigious American Bellet Theatre. Written with award-winning journalist Charisse Jones, in this book Misty shares her inspiring journey to advercome adversity and become a world-class ballerina, despite her nontraditional introduction to ballet at a late age. I have personally been profoundly touched by her tale of strenght and determination, and I can honestly recommend this book not only to bookworms, but also to those who need to put a little perspective in their lives.
6. Levels of Discovery Owl Revolving Bookcase ($189.95) by Wildkin. This beautiful bookcase is ideal for that child that's discovering the pleasure to read. With easy-to-access shelves and four fun book racks, it imitates the displays in the library bookstores, allowing the little bookworm to pick and choose his favorite title depending on his mood.

7. Simply Glamurous ($26.99) by Gary Cockerill. This is one of the most beautifully-illustrated and simply explained beauty books I have ever read. Celebrity make-up artist Gary debunks the rules and myths of beauty, proving that with a little knowledge and practice, anyone can use make-up to enhance and transform. With his down-to-earth approach, he reveals the best products and techniques to make anyone red-carpet ready. He then takes readers on a step-by-step series of breathtaking makeovers on a range of real women, demonstrating how to create a look to suit any face shape, feature, color, or age—transformations ranging from nude and natural, to high-octane glamor. I really like this book because it deeply resonates with the philosophy of my blog: Beauty comes in all shapes, colors, and sizes, and it should be celebrated in its diversity.

8. Pencil Pouch with Literature Heroes ($8.50) by R. Sikoryak for Strand Bookstore. This great pencil pouch features a curated selection of classic literature authors depicted as superheroes. It's the perfect statement gift for the bookworm who is proud to show to the world who his or her heroes are.

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