Best Fantasy Novels

I love fantasy and science fiction. On this page I have gathered together fascinating novels from the fantasy genre – though many have science fiction aspects to them.  First up – recently deceased Terry Pratchett. I have devoted a... More about these gift suggestions...

Top 10 Cookbooks Bestsellers 2017

Any cook will tell you: you can never have too many cookbooks. This is one reason why cookbooks make such great gifts. Personally I’m a vegetarian but for this review I overlooked that and simply found you the best selling cookbooks... More about these gift suggestions...

Best Buddhism Coloring Books

Coloring books are great fun for children and adults. Religious coloring books also help adults meditate on the beauty of their faith and help children learn it. Buddhist coloring books also help visualize the Buddha and other Buddhist deities, which... More about these gift suggestions...

Best Fantasy Books for Teens

Find the most popular fantasy fiction books and novels for teenagers and young adults! Looking for the most popular teenage books? You found the right place! Take a look at this really popular fantasy fiction novels teens and young adults are really... More about these gift suggestions...

Best Vegetarian Cookbooks 2017

Whether you eat meat or not, a good vegetarian cookbook will help you enrich your cooking and of course help you cook without meat in a way that’s tasty and healthy. Since eating meat daily is associated with all kinds of disease, most... More about these gift suggestions...

Tracy Chevalier, Remarkable Creatures – a novel

Fossils were one of the discoveries of the early 19th century. Studying them, scientists came to interpret the Bible – and the history of creation – very differently. Those scientists were men, of course. What few people realize is that... More about these gift suggestions...

The Body Keeps the Score – trauma explained

This is perhaps not the most logical book to review on a gifts blog. However, I found it tremendously helpful in understanding my own childhood trauma and how that has impacted my life. Trauma usually comes in the shape of abuse, neglect or violence.... More about these gift suggestions...

Consciousness: an Introduction, by Susan Blackmore

Fascinating. I bought Consciousness, an Introduction, because I first heard of Susan Blackmore as a former parapsychologist. It’s always good to read books by those whom you disagree with – but know what they are talking about. Reading... More about these gift suggestions...

Best Kids Cookbooks 2017

Cooking with your children is a fun activity that is an education for them  as well. After all, you want them to be able to take care of themselves when they grow up. My mom had all three of us,  including my two brothers – cook for the family... More about these gift suggestions...

Best Isaac Asimov Robot Books in Order

Forward to Foundation & robots: chronologically I love science fiction. Especially the works of Frank Herbert (the Dune universe) and Isaac Asimov. I’ve read he felt he was writing mainly for boys.. but this girl loves them too. Especially... More about these gift suggestions...

Best Selling Vegan Cookbooks 2017

One reason I’m a vegetarian, and not a vegan, is because vegan cooking is so far out of the realm of the cooking tradition I grew up in. How do you cook vegan and stay healthy? Don’t worry – I won’t try to convince you... More about these gift suggestions...

Existential Psychotherapy, Irvin D. Yalom

What’s the meaning of life? It’s one of the existential questions life sometimes throws our way. Psychotherapy doesn’t just help in dealing with the difficulties of life, but it can also help with the question of ‘why?’... More about these gift suggestions...

Best Fun Purim Books for Kids

Purim is often considered the most fun and most child-centered of the Jewish holidays. When else do kids get to dress up, make noise, shout and generally have fun at a religious celebration? Summing it in one sentence, Purim is based on the story told... More about these gift suggestions...

Best Hanukkah Books for Kids

Hanukkah Books Help Kids Understand the Holiday Hanukkah is the festival of lights. To children, it is often the favorite holiday of the Jewish year. To many it is considered to be one of the most celebrated. It is an eight day Jewish holiday... More about these gift suggestions...

Best Yom Kippur Books for Kids

Books Can Help Children Understand Yom Kippur Yom Kippur, the day of atonement is a significant Jewish holiday. It is the final day of the ten days of awe, which begin on Rosh Hashanah. It is a time of reflection, when Jewish people review their past... More about these gift suggestions...

Best Pastry Cookbooks 2017

Pastry cookbooks make wonderful gifts for those on your list who love to cook and bake. Pastry sometimes scares even the seasoned cook but it does not have to. There are some wonderful baking cookbooks on the market today that take the mystery out of... More about these gift suggestions...

Top Dessert Cookbooks 2017

Giving a gift of a dessert cookbook is thoughtful idea. The gift can be for the Christmas Holiday or any holiday and also makes a treasured gift for a new bride. There are not many of us who do not have a sweet tooth and ending our evening meal with a... More about these gift suggestions...

The best Children’s Books Ever

Top books to read to your kids, or for them to read themselves I loved being read to as a child. In fact, in our family my dad read to us till I was 13 (I was the oldest). Not all kids stuff either: The most memorable was him reading us ‘The... More about these gift suggestions...

Fiction with lady scientists

Is there something in the air? I got my hands on two novels recently that feature a Victorian woman scientist. The first was a netgalley offering: Voyage of the Basilisk: A Memoir by Lady Trent (*). The other is The Signature of All Things, by... More about these gift suggestions...

Best spiritual books for teenagers: girls and boys

Religion and spirituality are often important to teenagers. Late teens especially have loads of questions about God, the meaning of life and lifestyle choices associated with all that. Here are some books to help them think it through. I’ve put... More about these gift suggestions...