Jessica F’s Favorite Books (and Things)

  • By: Jessica Faust | Date: Dec 07 2016

If you haven’t started shopping you might very well be in a panic. I know I would be, but I’m Type A that way. Most of my shopping is done, wrapped, and shipped well before Thanksgiving. Yep, not even kidding.

We’ve been talking a lot about perfect gifts. It’s an obsession of ours. So for those who haven’t yet started shopping or are struggling with those hard-to-buy people, let me give you some suggestions. These are my favorite things. Some I’m buying for others and some are gifts I’ve bought in the past. Some are even based on wonderful things I’ve received.

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole should be read by every child and adult alike. This beautifully illustrated book had an entire classroom of kindergarteners bouncing with excitement. In fact, they made me read it a second time.

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich is a book I’ve already discussed and, I think, now that the year has come to an end, I can officially say it was the best book I read in 2016. Mystery lovers, history lovers and saga lovers alike should enjoy this.

Ada Twist, Scientist, Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect are three wonderfully inspiring books by Andrea Beaty. We all had our own opinion of which we think is best so I’ll leave it up to you to choose.

These adorable book platters are the perfect gift for any reader, author, agent, editor or book lover. I’m of the belief you could never have too many.

I’ve been doing some business reading this year. I’m at about a 70/30 ratio when it comes to business books. 70% bore me to tears and, well, kind of stink. 30% empower me and have made a difference in how I do business and, in some ways, how I live. Now I know business books aren’t your usual gift fare, but some people only read business books and forcing a work of fiction on them is really not about them now is it?

I’ve always considered myself a bit of a badass which is why I couldn’t resist Jen Sincero’s You are a Badass. I mean she was clearly talking to me. I ordered five copies of this book. There are a couple of badass friends who I know need a copy, friends who need to better embrace their badass selves. I’ll be honest, I think of this book mostly for my women friends. I’m not sure why, but of course it should work for any of your badass male friends who need that extra bit of empowerment too.

Start with Why by Simon Simek didn’t change the way I do business or how I think of BookEnds, however it did bring to light exactly what I’ve been doing right all of these years and made me a look at a new way of bringing those things to the forefront in everything we do. Every entrepreneur, or anyone thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, will love this book.

There are a ton of other books I’ll be gifting this year, and a ton more I could recommend, but eventually I ran out of time. Someone needs to sell books around here.

I hope something on this list works for you and I would love to hear suggestions as well. I still have a few people that could use an extra gift.

4 responses to “Jessica F’s Favorite Books (and Things)”

  1. I see three I need to pick up NOW. Thank you for this!

  2. Avatar Ana Calin says:

    I really wish some of the books you recommended (not only in this post but also the ones before) were in high-school syllabus. I’m a language teacher (okay, used to be, I work as a translator, private professor and content writer now) and the books I had to dissect with those poor kids, I tell ya…. And then we wonder why they hate reading. I was lucky. My mom taught me to read at 4 and put the right books in my hands – she’s an avid reader herself. Had I relied on the school syllabus to form my appetite and taste, I’d probably be doing anything but reading book blogs right now.

    • Jessica Faust Jessica Faust says:

      I agree Ana. I do think things might be getting a tad better, but allowing kids to read more of what they enjoy will inspire a love of reading. Just like adults, we all have our preferences.

  3. Avatar AJ Blythe says:

    My husband reads military biographies, so a very niche reading market there! We’re giving him some for Christmas, but it’s a bit pot luck because I’m never really sure if they are good ones or not.

    The kids are getting buckets of books for Christmas. They are both bookworms too (so proud of them). I spoil them when it comes to buying books (my one big weakness and really the only thing I spend money on). Too many to list here because Heckle (13) is currently part way through about 17 different series while Jeckle (10) has just finished 5 series but is still reading his way through another 10 different series.

    As for me, I am getting a new pushbike for Christmas, so there won’t be any books for me under the tree. But I have bought myself a few ebooks for the 16hours of driving we have to do each way(!) to get to my parents. Two that I am excited about are the new Jana DeLeon (the latest in the Miss Fortune cozy series) and one that I bought after reading about it here: Fatal Fiction by Kym Roberts (the first in the Book Barn mysteries).

    I’ve bought my Mum the first Lisa Black book (which I hope to borrow) based on Jessica’s recommendation and Dad is getting some biographies (Under a Mackerel Sky by Rick Stein and The Most Dangerous Animal of All – Searching for my Father and Finding the Zodiac Killer). The zodiac killer book sounds interesting so I’ll probably borrow it eventually as well!

    Really, my Christmas shopping is easy – I only need to go to one store =)