Holiday Shopping? Check.

If there's one question a book lover hates, it's "What's your favourite book?" Honestly, how can you choose just one? Impossible. But, with the holidays soon upon us, and books being one of our favourite things to give, we thought we'd answer the dreaded question and give our top three (because, honestly, how can you choose just one?) in a few different genres. So, in the spirit of giving, here's some help crafting your holiday gift (and wish) lists, based on a few of our favourites.

Rachelle's Picks


Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry


Into the Abyss by Carol Shaben

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

Young Adult

Eldritch Manor by Kim Thompson

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Children's Picture Books

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Mungo and the Picture Book Pirates by Timothy Knapman and Adam Stower

Mr. Lunch Takes a Plane Ride by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh

Cookbooks (for the foodies on your list)

The Dirty Apron Cookbook by David Robertson

Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

Diane Clement at the Tomato by Diane Clement

Carol's Picks


Crimes Against My Brother by David Adams Richards

Higher Ed by Tessa McWatt

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende


The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip and Carol Zaleski

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Young Adult

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Children's Picture Books

It's a Book by Lane Smith

Mixed Beasts by Kenyon Cox and Wallace Edwards

The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers


My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

Kitchen Diaries, Volumes I, II, III by Nigel Slater

Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes from Our Kitchen by Zoe Nathan

While you're shopping, why not pick up a locally made BC book, or if you're buying for kids, a great Canadian children's picture book? And, for a list of our favourite holiday books, old and new, check out our blog post from last December.

Once again, we wish you a happy, peaceful, and book-filled holiday season!