Top 20: Popular Books to Give as Gifts

Good middle-night, dear readers! I think many of us are faced with that happy problem this time of year of having a long list of people for whom we need to buy gifts–happy that we have people to care about, but fretful about completing that ever-lengthening list. This week’s “Top 10” is all about that issue.

The good people at Book Riot have again identified a problem and a solution, and they have compiled the top twenty most popular books given as gifts (according to their poll). I thought about posting my own list of books I like to give as gifts, but that would spoil the surprise for several of my readers. The list Book Riot made is full of wonderful ideas, and they even followed it with an interesting chart. What do you think, readers–are these books on your shopping list, or your wish list? 🙂

20 Books You Love to Give as Gifts

Posted by: Rebecca Joines Schinsky

December 3, 2013
In honor of the most wonderful time of the year, we used our latest reader poll to ask about your favorite books to give as gifts. 315 Riot readers answered the call, sharing 534 unique titles. Here are the top 20 selections. (View the full data set.)

This is an interesting mix of classics, modern classics, contemporary hits, and children’s books. To me, the sleeper/surprise is Ready Player One. What do you think? Did your favorites make it?

  1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (20 votes)
  2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (19 votes)
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (11)
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (9)
  5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (8)
  6. The Little Prince by Antoine de Sainte Exupery (8)
  7. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss (8)
  8. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (8)
  9. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (7)
  10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (7)
  11. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (6)
  12. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (6)
  13. The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein (6)
  14. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (6)
  15. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (6)
  16. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (6)
  17. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (6)
  18. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (6)
  19. The Secret History by Donna Tartt (6)
  20. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (6)

We thought it’d be fun to compare these results with the books that made the list of Riot readers’ favorite novels. Here’s how they connect (and thanks to fellow Rioter Minh for the diagram!):

Favorite Gifts Venn


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