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I love to get books as gifts. I ask for them every year. Most years, my requests are ignored and I am told to just go buy them for myself. Why is it that those who are not into reading have such a hard time believing that I would LOVE a book for a gift? If you have an avid reader on your holiday gift-giving list, consider giving them a good book. But before you just grab the #1 bestselling audiobook, consider what kind of person you are buying for.

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The Romantic

We all know someone who is a hopeless romantic. They carry around romance novels and might even dabble in the trashy pulp romances. I’m not a big romance reader, but I know that people who are generally rave about Nora Roberts.

Her newly released Bed of Roses, read by Angela Dawe, is the second novel in her Bride Quartet series. Think roses and Mr. Right.

The Thrill Seeker

Stephen King’s Under the Dome is getting a lot of attention these days. I was fortunate to receive the audiobook version and will let know what I think as soon as I get to it… all 30 CDs of it. Read by Raul Esparza, King tells a take of a small town isolated, you guessed it, under a dome. King fans will love it, I’m sure.

The Sports Fan

Open by Andre Agassi and narrated by Erik Davies, is the compelling story of America’s tennis sweetheart. This behind-the-scenes look at his rise to popularity and the accompanying problems sounds pretty amazing. I’ve seen Agassi on the talk show circuit, and it’s no wonder everyone wants to read this book.

The Politics Lover

You guessed it, Going Rogue: An American Life written and read by Sarah Palin is going to be out this week. While much of her life was dragged through the public eye during her campaign for Vice President, those still harboring curiosity may find some interesting information about Alaska’s former Governor. Personally, I don’t think I can listen to her… but my guess is that plenty of people will.

The Kids

If your tween hasn’t read Hunger Games and Chasing Fire by Suzanne Collins (read by Carolyn McCormick), consider giving them as a gift. These books are full of action, adventure, and great characters. They are engaging for boys because of the action and girls, because of the main character. Seriously, these are awesome. Oh, and if you get them now, they can read them before the movie is released in the next year or so.

Check in tomorrow for my suggestions for teens, younger readers, history buffs, and more!

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