Bookish Secret Santa

So I’m very lucky because where I work we all hate each other and so I don’t have the pain of going through Secret Santa but I know a lot of you guys will and so I thought it would be a good idea to pull together a list of great books that are a safe go to for a person with a mix of interests. 

The Hairy Bikers’ One Pot Wonders by Hairy Bikers

So I love the Hairy Bikers, they’re from the north east like me and they’re so funny on top of being amazing cooks, and anyone who’s into cooking would be so thrilled to get this book. In this book Si and Dave show you some amazing one pot and tray bake recipes, with chapters on breakfasts and brunches, soups and salads, satisfying stews, quick one pot carbs, tarts and tray bakes, stovetop suppers, pies and pot roasts, and puds and cakes. Anything you could ever need!

The Great British Bake Off: The Big Book of Amazing Cakes by The Bake Off Team 

Here’s one for that person in the office that always bringings in something yummy for you to eat on a Friday. The Great British Bake Off: The Big Book of Amazing Cakes is full of recipes from the latest series as well as much loved classics. I also think this would be a good book for people who are just fans of the show and maybe want to give it a try.

Behind the Mask: My Autobiography by Tyson Fury 

Or maybe your Secret Santa is a boxing buff and would be more interested in Tyson Fury’s new autobiography. In this bareall book Fury talked about his rise and fall… then rise again, talking about his trouble his addiction and how he got through the darkest time of his life. For the first time. I’m not even a boxing fan and I’m interested in this book! 

Ask A Footballer by James Milner

Maybe they’re more into football. In Ask A Footballer Milner answers some of fans most asked questions as well as going through his weekly, monthly and seasonal routine. As a hugely experienced England international and top-flight campaigner (18 seasons as a pro, more than 500 Premier League appearances with Leeds, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Liverpool), Milner is perfectly placed to answer fans’ footballing questions in a wonderfully entertaining and informative journey through the thrills and spills, the peaks and troughs of high-level professional football.

The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book BY Annie Gray (author of introduction), Julian Fellowes (foreword)

With the movie having come out just this year and another already being talked about I feel like this book is hugely relevant and would be hugely popular. Also it involves alcohol! With input from Julian Fellowes, the writer and creator of the show, and Annie Gray, a food historian, it’s filled with a huge variety of cocktails for any occasion. There’s also a cookbook! With a brief history of each drink and peppered with quotes from Downtoncharacters, the recipes are organized by the places the drinks were served:The library (stirred drinks and after-dinner drinks)The grounds (refreshing drinks)The great hall (party drinks)The drawing room (pre-dinner drinks and hangover helpers)The village (everyday drinks).

Seven Worlds One Planet by Jonny Keeling (author), Scott Alexander (author), Sir David Attenborough (foreword)

This is one for anyone with an interest in the natural world or even an interest in photography. With stunning photos and interesting facts this book runs perfectly alongside the TV show, allowing people to see the world around them in a very different way. It’s a safe bet as I think anyone would be pleased to get this book. 

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

So I’ve done a whole review here that you should totally check out because it’s a very good review but know this is an amazing book and everyone should read it. 

Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks

So when it came to deciding what novel to involve in this I kind of struggled, there’s so many different kinds of books out there so unless you know the person it’s hard to pick. But I think the two I’ve went with work wonderful.

American postdoctoral researcher Hannah and runaway Moroccan teenager Tariq have little in common, yet both are susceptible to the daylight ghosts of Paris. Hannah listens to the extraordinary witness of women who were present under the German Occupation; in her desire to understand their lives, and through them her own, she finds a city bursting with clues and connections. Meanwhile, out in the migrant suburbs, Tariq is searching for a mother he barely knew. For him in his innocence, each boulevard, Metro station and street corner is a source of surprise.

This book sounds deeply beautiful and I think it would be an amazing read for anyone.

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

This sounds like a romantic book that I’m desperate to read, with a thick story filled with a lot of emotions. In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a cafe which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the cafe’s time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer’s, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the cafe, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold. 

So I hope some of these books will help you get through the dreaded secret santa and I really hope you don’t get stuck with socks! 

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