It`s December and soon there will be Christmas and the New Year. It`s time of the year when we usually spend much more money than the rest of the year 🙂 Actually I want to say that in many countries of the world this is the time when we usually buy some more things than in other months. One of those things are definitely gifts.
Gifts can be in several forms; food, drink, clothes, electronic devices…and of course books! Because books are my specialized topic I have a few suggestions what book can you buy someone for a gift. I chose 5 books from each of 5 categories, I hope you`ll find something for you.
Amazing World Atlas: Bringing the World to Life by Lonely Planet
I think this book from Lonely Planet is something very recommendable for children. Lonely Planet is very trusted company and the world`s leading travel guide publisher. The content of this Amazing World Atlas is something which will not only feed their curiosity but also educate them in knowing the world they live in.
This atlas is exactly what I`m talking about. It contains 160 pages of illustrated maps, including info graphics, amazing photography and a large dose of humor. There are topics such as popular culture, sports and school life. This will really bring the world to life for children. The book is preferred for children aged 8 years and up.
The book contains more than 300 beautiful photographs and over 50 illustrated maps. And what I see as really important here, there is no doubt about book`s quality. This is a perfect book gift for every child.
Click to purchase: Amazing World Atlas: Bringing the World to Life
Contemporary Fiction Novels
The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
It`s not the journey it counts but who`s at your side. The story is narrated by Nana, a stray cat who was hit by car in accident and then taken by young man called Satoru, while he recuperates. In next decade Nana have food, warm bed and the friendly human. A cat is always ready to leave at moment`s notice but he grows fond of his new master and decided to stay.
Some years later things in Satoru life changes and regretfully he has to give Nana away. They went on the road trip over Japan without Nana knowing where they are going. All that matters for Nana is to sit beside his owner Satoru in the front seat of his silver car. The only purpose why they are travelling seems to be visit of his three old friends, in fact Nana is led to believe so.
The story is settled in Japan`s changing seasons and narrated with a bit gentleness and sense of humor. Nana`s story discovers the wonder of life unexpected detours. It shows us the value of friendship and love, which can completely transform our lives. The most important journey is the one that shows us how to follow our hearts.
Click to purchase: The Travelling Cat Chronicles
Books about Geopolitics
Emergency Sex (And Other Desperate Measures) : True Stories From a War Zone by Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait and Dr. Andrew Thomson
In the early 1990 three young people are on the way to change their lives and perhaps the world as well. They are attracted and they join to the global peacekeeping work for the UN. Kenneth, Heide and Andrew`s paths cross in Cambodia. There their fates became inextricably linked.
Over the coming years their stories are intertwined through countries as Rwanda, Bosnia, Somalia, Haiti…actually the war-torn and lawless places where the UN intervention is required. They are driven by idealism and they are trying hard to do the best what they can, but many times they are caught in bureaucracy and ineffectual leadership. They ask hard questions about the world order US created and the true power of UN. Even in such circumstances they are still able to keep hold their humanity through black humor, revelry and `emergency sex.`
This book explores and discovers pressing global issues while never losing sense of personality. It is deeply critical of West`s indifference and hypocrisy over developing countries. We see also how the UN`s repeated failure to intervene decisively are ruining its achieving goals. The general secretary of UN at that time, Kofi Anan called for the book to be banned and debate was opened about the future direction of the UN.
Click to purchase: Emergency Sex (and Other Desperate Measures): True Stories from a War Zone
Crime / thriller books
Elevation by Stephen King
The story is happening in a Castle Rock, a town where sooner or later everyone knows everything about others. That`s why Scott Carey tells only one his friend Doctor Bob Ellis about his weird condition. He is losing weight, without getting thinner and with no difference if he is in clothes or without.
Scott has also new neighbors – lesbians, one of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Scott is engaged in a battle with them, because their dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. The lesbian couple are trying to open the new restaurant but the people of Castle Rock are not happy with that, they don’t exactly fit in with the community’s expectations. When the town is preparing for its annual Thanksgiving run, Scott starts to understand the prejudices his neighbors face and he tries to help.
This is a fresh novel from mastermind story writer Stephen King. The novel at first sight looks like something to read for leisure or something you can read in few hours, but on the other hand we see that it is pretty philosophical and complexed, it is an antidote to our divisive culture.
Click to purchase: Elevation
Animal Farm by George Orwell
‘All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.’ Does this remind you on something? Could we say that also for people?
The story is placed on Manor Farm. The owner of the farm is Mr. Jones, he is rude, lazy and often drunk and he doesn’t care much about his animals on the farm. Ensuing rebellion under the leadership of pigs leads to animals take over the farm. Animals decided to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard and renamed it to Animal Farm which is organized and ordered to benefit for all who walk on four legs. But after some time, the ideals of their revolt seems to be gone, their organization became corrupt and authoritarian.
This book is the most thought-provoking piece of literature I have ever read. It is a history of revolution which went wrong and It shows how a people’s fight for freedom can quickly morph into a power play and became chaos. The Animal Farm is brilliant and timeless, it makes you think about it.
Click to purchase: Animal Farm