Nov 27

We’re very pleased to bring you the Books on the Nightstand 2015 Holiday Gift Guide, a collection of 38 books hand-selected by Ann and me. It was very hard to keep our lists reasonably-sized this year, but repeated culling has resulted in an extremely giftable list! You can download the Gift Guide by clicking on the above link, or the image below. The guide is sized for printing, and, if you only want to print out one page, the last page is a checklist.

 

BOTNS Holiday Gift Guide 2015 Cover Image

 

This year, sharing the Gift Guide on social media could win you free signed books! Every time you share the guide on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, linking to this page and using the hashtag #BOTNS2015GG, you’ll be entered to win a complete set of our Booktopia Petoskey 2015 authors’ most recent books, signed by the authors! Runners-up will receive one signed book. Don’t forget that using the #GiveaBook means that Penguin Random House will donate a book to a child in need, so throw that hashtag on your post/tweet as well! We’ll randomly choose winners just after Christmas, and mail out the books in early January. Good luck and Happy Holidays!

Nov 28

We’re pleased to present 2014’s Books on the Nightstand Holiday Gift Guide. This year, we each chose 12 books that we think are perfect for giving, and we feel sure that there’s something for everyone on your list. To download the Gift Guide, simply click on the link at the beginning of this paragraph or click on the image below.

Be sure to send all of your friends the link to this page so they can download the guide as well!

Thank you for your continued support of Books on the Nightstand, and remember to #GiveaBook this holiday season!

BOTNS Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Nov 28

We are pleased to present the 2013 Holiday Gift Guides. As in previous years, we have a general gift guide organized by subject, filled with books for every person on your gift list. New this year is Geek Book, a gift guide filled with geeky gift suggestions. You can download either (or both) gift guide by clicking on the image below.

If you’d like to share the gift guide with friends, be sure to send them the link to this page!

2013 Gift Guide

 

Geek Book

Nov 22

We are thrilled to present the 2012 Books on the Nightstand Holiday Gift Guide! Just click the Books on the Nightstand Gift Guide logo below for the free .pdf download.

The Books on the Nightstand Holiday gift guide includes our personal book recommendations across many categories — including several great books that cost less than $20! Just click to download the free guide. The final two pages of the guide are a handy checklist you can print out for easy reference, or for a not-so-subtle hint to leave on the kitchen table! This is a .pdf file; click to open, or right-click to download.

 

PDF file: Click to open; right click to download

 

Nov 24

We are thrilled to present the 2011 Books on the Nightstand Holiday Gift Guide! Just click the Books on the Nightstand Gift Guide logo below for the free .pdf download.

But before you do … Michael and I have something else up our sleeve. Beginning in January, we will be creating a monthly BOTNS email newsletter that will be sent only to subscribers. This will be content that is separate from our weekly podcast. We are still working on all of the details, but one of the features we will definitely include is the inside scoop on some of our favorite books that are still several months away from publication. Many of you have been asking to hear more about the manuscripts we are reading, even though they won’t be published for six months or more. This newsletter will give you that type of information.


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The Books on the Nightstand Holiday gift guide includes our personal book recommendations across many categories — including several great books that cost less than $20! Just click to download the free guide. The final page of the guide is a handy checklist you can print out for easy reference, or for a not-so-subtle hint to leave on the kitchen table! This is a .pdf file; click to open, or right-click to download.

Books on the Nightstand 2011 Gift GuidePDF file: Click to open; right click to download

Dec 04

Here at Books on the Nightstand, we believe that books make great gifts. And we think that it is especially important that children receive books as gifts — after all, they are the readers and book buyers of the future. But as Michael and I were putting together the 2009 Books on the Nightstand Holiday Gift Guide, we realized that we had very few children’s books on our list of recommendations.

We love kids’ books, and as parents we read a lot of them, but children’s books are somewhat out of our range of professional expertise. So we decided to turn to the experts. We are fortunate to count among our friends many booksellers and publishers’ sales reps who specialize in children’s books. We asked a few of them for their holiday picks, combined their choices with some of our favorites, and the first annual Books on the Nightstand Kids’ Books Gift Guide was born.

Click the image of the gift guide below to download the free .pdf.

In order to download and read the Gift Guide on your computer, you will need Adobe Reader. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you may download a free copy here:

We’ve broken it down by age level, but remember that reading ability and interest level both play an important role in choosing a book for a child–so consider them rough guidelines, not rules.

Many thanks to our friends who gave us their personal recommendations:

  • Anne DeCourcey is the parent of two elementary-aged children, and is a sales representative in New England for HarperCollins publishers, including HarperCollins Children’s Books.
  • Katherine Fergason is the Manager and Children’s Book Buyer at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore on the lovely island of Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts. Katherine blogs for the bookstore at the Bunch of Grapes blog.
  • Suzanna Hermans is the Manager and Children’s Book Buyer for Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck, NY, and is Co-chair of the New England Children’s Booksellers Advisory Council. She blogs at The Kids’ Book Corner, where you can also find Suzanna’s podcasts about children’s books.
  • Katie McGarry is a New England sales representative and children’s book specialist for Simon & Schuster.
  • Nikki Mutch is the sales representative in New England for Scholastic, and is responsible for Ann Kingman’s obsession with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. You can follow her on twitter.
  • Kate Sullivan is the sales representative for Random House Children’s Books in New England, and cookie baker extraordinaire.

Ann Kingman also called on her children to help with this guide:

  • Nora is in fifth grade and is a somewhat reluctant reader who enjoys mysteries and novels with contemporary settings; 
  • Ellie is in second grade and is a very avid reader who loves the Percy Jackson series and everything Harry Potter.

 image credit: mahalie via flickr

    Nov 30

     We are thrilled to present the 2009 Books on the Nightstand Holiday Gift Guide! Just click the Books on the Nightstand gift guide logo below for the free .pdf download.

    Somewhere, at some time, the pundits declared that the Monday after Thanksgiving should be called “Cyber Monday.” I guess that means everybody is supposed to do their holiday shopping from work. Here at Books on the Nightstand, we’d rather do our book shopping in person, in our local bookstores — but there’s no reason that we can’t use our workday to plan our shopping, right? So we’re calling today “Book Monday” and offering up this downloadable gift guide for you to begin making that shopping list.

    Our gift guide includes our personal book recommendations across many categories — including several great books that cost less than $20! Just click to download (don’t worry, it’s free)! (If your shopping list includes children, we have a separate Kids’ Book Gift Guide!)

    In order to download and read the Gift Guide on your computer, you will need Adobe Reader. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you may download a free copy here:
      
    We’ve designed this e-book to be printed or read on your computer. If you choose to read it on your computer, the very last page is a checklist of all of the recommended titles, so that you may just print out that single page and take it with you to the bookstore. And technically, it’s an ebook (and DRM free!), so if you have an e-reader you can load it onto your device and take it with you to the store.

    We believe that books make the perfect gift. There is truly a book for everyone, and books have an importance and value beyond two covers and some paper in between. In this year where so many of us are looking to spend less and give more thoughtfully, we think books are the answer. We hope you agree.

    We’ve had a lot of fun putting this together, and we hope that we’ve given you enough great ideas to allow you to complete all of your holiday shopping.  There’s something here for everyone, we believe … including yourself. I’ve heard through the grapevine that some of you may be using this as your own personal wish list! That’s fine with us, and if you need us to email a copy anonymously to your personal Santa, just let us know!
    We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of your for your support of Books on the Nightstand. Thank you for allowing us to share our love of books and reading with you. For those of you that read and listen on a regular basis, thank you. For our new friends, welcome — we look forward to getting to know you.

    But remember … if you need even more gift suggestions, there are a wealth of recommendations here at Books on the Nightstand. Every book we blogged about or discussed on a podcast gets our stamp of approval, and would be a great gift.

    And of course, we’d love to hear your feedback about the Gift Guide (either this year’s or last), so please let us know what you think in the comments. Did you use last year’s Books on the Nightstand Gift Guide to help you with your holiday shopping? Have you used this year’s to create your own reading list?

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