Books We’re Giving for the Holidays: Claire’s List

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For this holiday, join the Jolabokaflod and give books to your friends and family! Need a few suggestions to find the perfect read for a particular reader? The TBF staff is here to help with a list of some of the books we really loved this year. Check out Claire’s list here, (and take a look at Lea’s, Lydia’s, Maris’s, and Caroline’s too!).


Books I’m giving this year: 

Arab of the Future by Riad Sattouf. I love this autobiographic graphic novel by Riad Sattouf, and I’ll give it to a friend who is interested in current and world events, and new to reading graphic novels. If you’re feeling generous, you can include Arab of the Future 2.



Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke. Kristen’s graphic memoir explores the spaces in which we live, and how facades define who we are. Read the book to figure out what that sentence actually means. Also, the illustrations are beautiful.





Present by Leslie Stein. My third graphic memoir suggestion is very different. Leslie creates a series of vignettes that approach serious topics of family dysfunction, ambition, and politics, but through wry and funny storytelling, often centered around the stories people tell at bars. This is a book for someone who loves good comics.





The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. I’m buying this sci-fi trilogy for my mother, because she loves science fiction. Next my father will probably download the audiobooks, and all we’ll talk about in 2018 is Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance and who could survive. The first film is scheduled to release in February.





The Leavers by Lisa Ko. This is my favorite book of 2017, and I’ve already given it to three friends, and all your friends will love it, too. Better yet, give it to your enemies and make them better people. This is an earnest and heartbreaking and hopeful story of family, belonging, and self. Buy it for yourself if you haven’t read it.