Friday, December 19, 2014

Books for Christmas 2014!

My niece, Kayla, left me a message, and she stated: "I am starting to think everyone could use something to read under the Christmas tree. Have you thought of doing a post with recommended books for gifting this Christmas season?"

I couldn't agree with Kayla more. Books are great, inexpensive gifts, that if chosen well, could really mean so much to the people who receive them. However, the only problem that I had with making a wish list was trying to narrow my favorite books down to my top ten.

However, after much thought, here is a list of 10 Books, with a link to blogs that I wrote about each, that can be great gifts to put under the Christmas tree:

#10. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson! This man had an interesting life, and it is great to see what he had to sacrifice to make it to the top. Read about it here. 

#9. Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez! This is not a long read at all, but it is very interesting to read this story of slavery that is not told often. Read about it here.

 #8. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James! Yep, this book made the list. There is so much that we can learn about negotiation from this book. Read about it here.


#7. Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena Maria Viramontes! This book really touched my heart. Read about it here. 

#6. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami! This is a story that shows how complicated we can make life, and it also shows how everything works out just the way it is suppose too. Read about it here

 #5. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie! This is a wonderfully told story about how words have the power to transform. Read about it here.

#4. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb! Malala just won the Nobel Peace Prize. This book is her story of courage. What a great reminder to never be silenced! Read about it here.

 #3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho! This book spoke to my heart and deeply moved me. Read about it here.

#2. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie! This book is like no other in the manner in which it handles Nigerian People's story. Read about it here.

#1. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. There is no way that a person can read this book and not see a whole lot of things differently. Read about it here.

I hope that this Christmas list is helpful....

Happy Shopping, My People!


Kayla said...

Love this post. I may have to check out "Wench."

ArchivedProfile said...

I started Steve Jobs and didn't finish it. I'm not sure when I'll get back to that one. I enjoyed Wench and Perkins recently moderated an awesome event in DC. Authors Okey Ndibe, Chinelo Okparanta, and Taiye Selasi were on the panel. I started the Alchemist and couldn't finish that one either. I'm going to try to get back to in in 2015. I plan to read a few chunksters so this one is a nice size to squeeze in between some of the larger books. Did you make it to the Half of a Yellow Sun screening in Silver Spring? Adichie was there! Cutting for Stone is currently looking at me from my fireplace mantle. But it's not on the high priority list so I don't know when I'll get to it.

You've posted about some great books. I tried to search your blog for the entire list but I see you don't have them all tagged the same way. Do you keep a list of the ones you've reviewed?

Jacqueline said...

Hey Shannon, I did not make it to the screening of Half of A Yellow Sun; I would have loved to meet Adichie. You must finish Half of a Yellow Sun and The Alchemist, and let me know what you think.

When I first started blogging I did not understand about tags;however, I am in the process of tagging all of the books that I have reviewed. Check back soon, and it should be up.

Thanks for stopping by The Big Sea!

Jacqueline said...

Shannon, I tried to label the blogs about books, but they still are not searchable. Do you any suggestions on how I can make all of the books about accessible easily?? HELP.

ArchivedProfile said...

Hi Jacqueline,

It works. When I click on the "books" tag, all of the books you've labeled with that tag appear. What additional feature are you attempting to add? I may be able to help.

Jacqueline said...

Shannon, I went through the blog and added the tag books to every blog that is about a book. Then I added a tab on the sidebar to click on books to see the blogs about book. I wish I could see a list of books that I have written about books with links.... I think that may be asking toooooo much.

Thanks for the help!

Jacqueline said...

Kayla, let me now what you think about Wench.

ArchivedProfile said...

I'm excited to go through all of your reviews! Yeah, if you want a page that links to all of them, you will have to create the page, list each review, and add each link yourself. Overwhelming for one sitting but not if you do a few at a time. But I noticed "Reviews by Title" is one of my highest viewed pages so it may be worth it. You can keep the page hidden until you're finished if you decide to do it.

Jacqueline said...

Thanks Shannon... that seems like a lot of work that I just might do! Have a great holiday, and keeping stopping by The Big Sea. I do appreciate it!

ArchivedProfile said...

I don't know if you check your yahoo account but I just sent you an email there, since that's the one you have linked to your blogger account. I look forward to hearing back from you!

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