I like to read books, but I really love to give books. They’re easy to wrap. They’re usually under $20. They can be shared with others. Most importantly, buying them supports people I like.
Finding Mr. Righteous by Lisa De Pasquale
Ok, you knew this would be here, so I may as well get it out of the way first. Finding Mr. Righteous is This Town meets Bridget Jones’s Diary. It reads like a novel and as Ann Coulter described it, “A true Christian story disguised as racy chick lit.” It’s the perfect gift for your sister, yourself, your girlfriend, your mailman, your hairdresser, etc. For a limited time, you can also get autograph copies (and free shipping) here.
Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Change Your Life by Eric Metaxas
It’s not an exaggeration to say that having the opportunity to sit next to Eric at a dinner in 2009 changed my life. Miracles, big and small, happen every day and no one weaves together a story and the Truth like Eric. Here’s a video of Eric explaining more about the book:
For children, also check out Eric’s book, Uncle Mugsy and the Terrible Twins of Christmas.
Conservative Insurgency by Kurt Schlichter
If you follow Kurt on Twitter, you know that his style is to mock silly liberals and keeping conservatives on track and focused on the big picture. Conservative Insurgency is the “history” of how conservatives took back the government from 2009-2041.
The Weed Agency by Jim Geraghty
I can’t decide if The Weed Agency and Conservative Insurgency are books in different parallel universes or if The Weed Agency is the prequel in the same universe. Either way, I’m glad to see so many conservative authors writing novels to illustrate political points. On The Weed Agency, bestselling author Brad Thor wrote, “You’ll want to believe this book is fiction, but in your heart you know so much of it – too much of it – is all too hilariously real.”
Liberty Risen:The Ultimate Triumph of Libertarian-Republicans by Thaddeus McCotter
If Conservative Insurgency is the “history” of the conservative movement, then Liberty Risen is the book that inspired the movement. Former “Congressbum” McCotter has always been one of my favorite Red Eye guests. I’m not even bothered by the fact that his book is ranked higher on Amazon than mine. Nope, not at all. *Sigh*
Act of War by Brad Thor
How could I not include something by him? Brad is an epic and skilled novelist, not to mention a supporter of veterans and an all-around great guy. Act of War is his latest, but any of his books will be well-received on Christmas Day.
Not Cool by Greg Gutfeld
The reason I decided to write a book about my personal life and not about politics is because of Greg Gutfeld. After reading his books, especially Not Cool and The Joy of Hate, I realized that the political books I wish I could write were already written — and better. You can get signed copies and other goodies on his website.
Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
This is a good book for the “fun uncle” or “coworker who knows the best food truck.” I read this book during a couple flights and had to stifle my laughter.
Big Delicious Life by Stacey Ballis
Stacey is one of my favorite chick lit writers and I was so excited to see her latest is an ebook of recipes. Peppered throughout her novels are fantastic recipes, so this makes a great companion to any of her other books. Also, look for the “Give as a Gift” button on Amazon to give any Kindle/ebook version of a book if you know someone who prefers those to hardcovers.
The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I’m Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog by Jen Lancaster
I love all of Jen’s book, but this one was particularly relatable. During a tough emotional time in her life, Jen looks to the order and perfection of Martha Stewart Living. As you can imagine, living like Martha doesn’t always go perfectly and that’s where Jen’s trademark humor shines.
These are just a few of the books I’m recommending this season. I may add more over the next few weeks as they come to me (or someone asks, “Why didn’t you include X?”). I hope this list, despite including my own book, is just a smidgen less pretentious than Gwyneth Paltrow’s holiday shopping guide. Just imagine how many books you could get instead of her $4,739 juicer?
(BTW, I just noticed Amazon is giving 30% off one book if you use the code HOLIDAY30 before November 30. Lots of conditions, so click here for details.
My friend Liz suggests 41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush.
Though not a book, I also recommend Robert Davi’s album, Davi Sings Sinatra. He’s been touring and I was lucky enough to see his show in person a year or two ago. Wonderful man with a wonderful voice. Buy the album here.