Here we are once again dear Mirror readers, my favorite time of year: the holiday season. Now, you may be struggling with what to give your loved ones this unusual holiday season, so I am here to introduce you to the perfect gift: books. There is truly nothing more adaptable to anyone’s personality than gifting a book because you can always find something for anyone on your list. To give you a start, here are the top books on my wishlist this year and the ones that I think would make great gifts!


“Dessert Person” by Claire Safftiz 


My love for Claire Safftiz is pure and absolute. I am a huge home baker and her style of cooking and baking has always been so capable with the way I aspire to one day be as a baker. I know her as a YouTube personality before anything else, and I am so excited to see how she does as an author. This is her first cookbook, and even though it has only been out since Oct. 20, it has already been wildly successful. The book has over 100 recipes, and the best part is that there is a recipe index where you can match your skill level to the amount of time you want to spend making it! This is a must have this holiday season. 


“How to Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet” by Sophie Egan 


Everyone has a New Year’s resolution and I have already decided that in 2021, I want to learn how to eat better in terms of the planet and in terms of ethics. This book asks three questions that are supposed to make you a more conscious eater: Is it good for the planet? Is it good for me? Is it good for others? The world of trying to figure out what food is good and what is bad when there is so much conflicting information about nutrition is incredibly confusing. Hopefully, this book can shed some light on the answer to the all important question of what to eat.


“Beach Read” by Emily Henry


I have heard so many great things about this book, and I can’t wait to finally have the time to read it over the winter break! The premise of the book is that two writers, a fiction writer and a romance writer, both move into beach houses for the summer to try and combat writer’s block. They both decide to try and write the opposite genre, and of course they begin to fall in love. The concept is so original and fun that it is not at all shocking how much praise this book has received. This is the kind of book that makes me want to curl up with a Hallmark movie this time of year!


“Good Morning, Monster” by Catherine Gildner 


I am a sucker for a good memoir, and even more so for one about mental health. This book is written by a therapist and it focuses on the stories of her five most interesting clients, and her experiences with mental health. The clients show the extremes of mental illness and the causation behind those diseases, like the story of a woman who was left in an isolated cabin in the middle of winter at age nine. This book shows how different people’s experiences with mental illness can be, something that I always think is an important point to get across. This book has also been compared to “Educated” by Tara Westover, and “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” by Lori Gottlieb, which are two of my favorite books of all time! This is definitely on my to be read list this break!

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